Hey! You know what makes any video more epic? Slow motion! And that’s why YouTube has added a new slow motion feature to their Video Editor and Enhancements which, according to YouTube Software Engineer Eron Steger, when applied to any one of your existing videos, “makes it look like it was filmed with a high speed camera.”
How does it work? Once your video is uploaded to YouTube you’ve got two options – one is to click the Enhancements button underneath the player on the video page (that’s the one that looks like a little magical wand) and click the button with a little picture of a turtle on it to slow your footage down. You have the option to keep it at 100% or slow it down to 50%, 25% or 12.5% of the original speed. The other option is to visit the YouTube Video Editor to use the new slomo feature.
I decided to put the new Slow Motion feature to the test myself to see if it really is as awesome as it looks from the Times Square example. And who better to star in my example than my dog?! I slowed down some footage of my dog rolling in the grass and I also added in a little dubstep for good measure using YouTube’s Audio Swap feature because everybody knows that dubstep, just like slomo, makes everything way more epic. The processing took quite awhile (like an hour to slow down 6 seconds of footage), but I can’t say I’m not amused by the results.
Sure, there are parts that look a little weird and pixelated, thanks to the fact that the footage wasn’t actually shot with a high speed camera. The grass does this weird morph-looking thing and from time to time my dog’s paws disappear – especially if you don’t watch in HD (this is your cue to click the little gear icon on the video players below to make sure you’re watching in HD!). But for YouTubers just looking to goof around and have a little fun, it definitely does the trick. I also imagine it works better with footage that doesn’t feature a subject (like my dog) that’s moving around at high speeds like a mad man!
Check out the before and after below and let me know what you think! Have you tried out YouTube’s new slow motion enhancement yet? Oh, and can you imagine how awesome this video would be if I actually had a high speed camera?!