London Walk at 240 fps

This slow-motion video was filmed in London by the end of November 2014 during a one day walk. It was entirely shot using the iPhone 6 at 240 fps mode except for some short timelapse sequences where we used Hyperlapse.


This video was shot with an iPhone 6 handheld and mounted on a Shoulderpod S1 in what we call "Filmmaker Grip" position. We used the standard camera app at 240 fps with its maximum resolution of 720 pixels. Please note that it is very important to have a lot of light available when shooting in slow motion. 240 fps requires a high shutter speed that will probably be too short for filming indoors or at night and you would probably end up with a very grainy image. Another important fact when shooting slo-mo is avoiding the stroboscopic effects caused by fluorescent lighting. The stroboscopic effect is a blinking phenomenom caused by discharge lamps when filmed at a high frame per second rate.

It is incredible how smooth the final result is thanks to three factors: The slow motion feature, the iPhone's internal stabilization system and the use of the Shoulderpod Rig. It almost feels as if we had used a crane or a slider for most of the shots. Only for the Hyperlapse sequence at Trafalgar Square we mounted the Shoulderpod S1 on a Manfrotto Pixi portable tripod. We are very impressed by the results obtained when using the slow motion feature of the iPhone 6 and will surely use it a lot more for telling visual stories in the future.



The video was 100% edited on the iPhone 6 using the iMovie app. We used the in-app speed editor for slowing down the motion to the minimum of 1/8th. We also color graded each scene using the included "Western" filter for obtaining a warm autumn look. One feature in iMovie we would like to see in the future is a more evolved text editor. It would be great beiing able to change font styles and font sizes for having more control on titles and credits.



The music was also composed entirely on the iPhone 6 using Garage Band. We used the Smart Strings instruments and chose the "Romantic" mode for obtaining the desired dramatic mood. This simple piece of music was originally composed for our "Here's to You" brand video but for this version we extended the central part in 12 compasses for creating an enhanced moment for the Trafalgar Square Hyperlapse scene. The great advantages of using Garage Band is not only that music is royalty free, but that you can extend or reduce the music according to the story you want to tell.


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