7D shooting video at 1000fps

Saw this video in Gizmodo

7D 1000 fps from Oton Bačar on Vimeo.

Looks pretty cool, he?

Before you go out and load Twixtor, you should understand that you are probably not going to achieve such good results without a lot of planing. Twixtor is good, but you have to give it some help if you want it to generate (1000/60=16.6 – 1 (original frame) = 15) about 15 missing images for each ‘real’ one. I have personally achieve such good results but on other hand, I never tried to pump it up over 120fps…

So here is the recipe check list:

  • First shoot against a solid background (most of the slomo shots are against the sky).
  • Then set the camera on a tripod so only the movement in the clip is the one you want to slow down.
  • Finally, use a super high shutter speed to prevent any motion blur.

I think this last point is the key that a lot of people are missing. The 1/50 sec shutter speed is not a magical number. It is simply the double of the frame rate. Since the insane frame rate is done in post, the shutter speed could be anything required to get a sharp image, probably over 1/1000 in this case. When doing pixel interpolation, you need a sharp image to make it easier for Twixtor to ‘guess’ where the pixels should go next. If it is all blurry, it will not be able to know where to place the pixels

Someone in the comment mentioned the Casio Exilim EX-FS10. This little point and shoot can shoot 210 fps at 720p or 30fps in JPEG mode! Of course image quality is not in the same league as an HDSLR but still, I want one! And at 110$ it is cheaper than Twixtor and it is probably going to pay for itself in one shooting session! If you have a bit more budget, the EX-FH100 is an even better alternative.

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  • http://www.mattooley.com Matt Ooley

    Great job. You can see some issues with blurring, but regardless, looks great.

  • esp659

    Be careful about the Casio EX-FH100. 1000 fps capture resolution is 224×60. Super tiny.

    • admin

      Yah, saw that. But the 120fps is at a decent resolution. And 120 can be slowed down to 240-300 relatively easy which is enough for most jobs.

  • Chris

    Super cool video, does this mean any DSLR video can be slowed down like this?

    • admin

      nope. Pixel interpolation works best when it is possible for the software to accurately predict where the pixels should go. For example, it is (near) impossible to predict the movement of fluids or shapes moving in random directions.

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