How to shoot 240fps slow motion videos with the Apple iPhone 6


While he was unveiling the new Apple iPhone 6, Apple CEO Tim Cook made dedicated a hefty amount of time on the newly-implemented 240fps mode that further enriched the slow motion video capabilities of the new iPhone crop of smartphones. It all began with the iPhone 5s back in 2013, which came with a dedicated 120fps “slo-mo'' video shooting mode out of the box.

While the cinematographic merits of slow-motion videos have earned their rightful place on camera operators' hall of fame long ago, one can't deny that being able to shoot a 120 or 240fps slow motion video with your device is not exhilarating. The latter options are only available on iPhones, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus respectively, and most of their current-gen Android rivals can shoot slow motion videos as well. 

Getting hang of iPhone 6's slow motion goodness


Let's be honest, one of the easiest ways to create a stunning and compelling video is by shooting an exhilarating slow-mo footage, be it a water-filled balloon falling on a cactus or a commemorative firework display. Everything's just better in slow motion.

We've already showed you how to record slow motion videos on the Apple iPhone 5s and with the flagships of some major Android adopters. The way to shoot these cinematographic goodies with the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is not so different, but we'll show you the ropes on how to do this anyway. 

The process is pretty easy and straightforward. Once you're in the iPhone camera app, you simply have to swipe the shooting modes on the bottom bar right twice, and there you go, you're in the slow motion video mode. By default, the iPhone 6 will be shooting at 240fps, but you can always tap on the bottom right option and switch to the "faster" 120fps slow motion mode.

Similar to the slow-motion video mode of the iPhone 5s, the one in the iPhone 6 will only allow you to record videos with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, but then again, let's not forget that no other smartphone allows you to shoot at 240 frames per second. 

Editing the footage


After you've shot the video footage you'd like to adorn with the slow motion goodness, you'll have to select which bits of it will be played in 240fps (or 120 fps, for that matter). Don't fret, this is as easy as shooting the video itself. Once you've shot the video and opened it, you'll be forwarded to the Edit screen, where you'll have to choose where the slow motion will begin and end at. This is done by re-positioning the sliders on the bar that is near the top of the screen. 

The video will be played at normal speed where the bars are more densely positioned to one another. The section in which the bars are more sparse is the slow motion segment itself. You can either endow the whole video clip with slow motion or select a particular segment for a more dramatic and spectacular slow motion effect. Don't fret, because you will be able to edit the video and reposition the slow motion segment later, too.

You can also trim the intro and the outro of the video in order to skip some of its "boring" parts where little to nothing happens. You can do so by sliding the thumb sequence just above the speed-selection bars. Don't forget to press "Done" when you're ready.


Exporting the slow motion videos


However, note that exporting the video might be a little tricky depending on the location. If you directly import the slow motion video to your desktop computer, you'll probably be disappointed to find out that the exported video clip will be played at regular speed.

There are certain ways to get around this problem - you can import the footage into a video-editing software of your choice and decrease the playback speed to 10% if you've shot the video in 240fps, or 20%, if you've resorted to the 120fps mode. Note that the whole video will be played in slow motion though - say goodbye to the fancy slow motion segments you've edited.

Fortunately, you can export the slow motion video directly to YouTube, as Google's video hosting site will keep the settings of the clip and the latter will be uploaded "as it is". You can then proceed and download the YouTube clip. Although slightly cumbersome, this is by far among the easiest and most effective ways to transfer and keep your iPhone 6 slow motion videos to your desktop computer.

Of course, you can opt to share the clip via any other supported video hosting service.

Slow motion videos 101: hints, tips, and tricks


Rule number one of shooting slow motion videos is that one shouldn't overdo and "abuse" the dramatic eye-catching effect. No one wants to watch 10 seconds of close to none on-screen action while they're waiting for the main event to take place. You don't need to make the whole video clip in slow motion - on the contrary, put emphasis on its most impressive part.

For example, if you want to film a bird lifting off, you might want to start the slow motion from the moment it actually plunges into the air. Waves crashing on the rocks? No problem, just wait for the wave to actually hit the rocks before commencing the slow motion bit. The same applies for most situations.

Rule number two of shooting slow motion videos is to make sure that you're shooting under excellent lightning conditions. One of the foundation principles of photography is that if you amp up the shooting speed (which happens during slow motion capture, as the iPhone is capturing not way more frames per second), you'll need more light in order to produce usable videos. Usually, that won't be a problem if you are shooting outside in the daytime, but mind the lighting if you are trying to shoot a slo-mo video at home or any other dimmer area.

Here you can check out a brief slow motion video sample shot with the Apple iPhone 6.


Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

FEATURED VIDEO

27 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Really good !!

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

This is a really cool feature... Awesome

19. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

Yeah, i used it a lot on my Galaxy Note 2 when it came out in October 2012 lol. 240 fps is cool isn't it ifans?

3. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Now thats what i call the full use of the hardware

4. Sreddy unregistered

little godzilla with fur .. epic!

5. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Definitely a cool feature. I used it a bit with my Note 3, but have yet to try it on the 6+.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its not the iPhone I known before. After the iPhone 4, theres no more innovation. I was expecting another first in terms on all mobile phones but no, all the ads "...first on an iPhone". Its not the same wow I had with the 1st and 4th iPhone.

7. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

looks very much blurry on big screen, thats why other company omitted 240fps... its is good to watch on phone's screen only,

11. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

8. awayzwud

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

Is there any option to have multiple shots in a video slowed down?

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And again an article picture with Android in it, when it's an Apple feature lol. Cool feature though, wish Paris Hilton had it back then...

13. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

You're blind for noticing the android figure but not the iPhone camera app layout lol.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I did notice that, same as in the other article that used an Android model lol. I wasn't refering to an Android feature, but a picture taken of an Android model.

10. feeth

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 14, 2014

All in Apple is in Slo-mo. With "innovations" at first spot.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31632; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Didn't know I could tap to change the frame rate. Thanx PA.

15. dufis

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

my moto g has it all years :D inovation?:D

16. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You must be from the future. I didn't think the current moto g did 240fps slow mo.

17. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

awesome

18. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

thats what i like apple always being a trend setter, always forcing competitors to go for better to go ahead rather sticking to same thanx to the apple every company is giving more now

20. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

i assume you're trolling.... right??

21. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

nop its true they are always a trend setter fingerprint sensor, 64 bit now saffire display now you will see 240 fps even mediatek had 480 still no one bothered but after apple has done everyone will include this 240fps in there phones this kinda things can be seen clearly many more things are there

26. Toss3

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

64-bit is not something Apple invented. People have no clue what it means obviously. ARM were the ones who designed the architecture of ArmV8, from where the actual performance increase stems from (64-bit plays no part in it), Apple just modified it to suit their needs. Samsung has had support for 240fps recording since the Note 2 (1/8 setting in the camera app (8*30fps = 240fps)). We've also seen fingerprint sensors way before the iPhone 5S in the Motorola Atrix (Apple's solution was a lot better though, but still only an incremental improvement).

22. awayzwud

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

Is there any option to have multiple shots in a video slowed down ??

23. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

yes but only in iphone

24. awayzwud

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

yes i have got an iphone ...Help me ! :)

25. Toss3

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

"...and most of their current-gen Android rivals can shoot slow motion videos as well. None of the latter is capable of shooting 240fps ones, however." Wait what? As far as I know Samsung's phones have been able to shoot 240fps for a long time already. You've even written reviews of the devices on this very site! Talk about crappy reporting.

27. techpastry

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

I love this feature on my 6 plus.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless