Add Impact with Slow Motion Using the Panasonic GH4

By Sol March in Resources

Stop time and savor the moment with the Panasonic GH4.

Slow motion footage shows us that even the most mundane actions can be beautiful in their unseen subtlety. Thanks to the instant gravitas that it imparts, overcranked footage is frequently overused, but it can also be a powerful way share an experience or an emotion with the viewer.

The Panasonic GH4 can shoot at high frame rates up to 96fps, resulting in footage that is up to 300% slower than real-time when played back at 24fps. Here are some videos that demonstrate the different ways you can use the GH4’s slow motion capabilities effectively.

Note: The cover image is from Thailand by Alberto Tarrero. Watch the full film below!

Panasonic GH4 Slow Motion Quality Analysis

Not all frame rates are created equal. Make sure you use the perfect balance of image quality and slow motion with this breakdown and analysis of the Panasonic GH4’s various frame rates by High Speed Cams.

GH4 Slow Motion Test: Fire and Water

Slow motion footage is a great fit for emphasizing the motion of natural elements. Sean Pettis uses to good effect in this test of the GH4’s 96fps recording mode, shot with a Nikon G 35mm f/1.8 prime lens and the Metabones Speed Booster.

Forest – SlowMotion 96fps Panasonic GH4

Fine details can get a bit mushy when shooting at frame rates above 60fps with the GH4, which can be a problem when shooting in natural environments like a forest. PressPlayFilm captures detailed slow motion footage by maintaining tight framing and a shallow depth of field.

GH4 96fps Skateboarding

Slow motion isn’t just great for nature, it can also be very effective when shooting sports, like this short skateboarding video that Kristoffer Davidsson shot with Sigma’s awesome 18-35mm f/1.8 zoom lens and the Metabones Speed Booster. By using the GH4’s 96fps mode, viewers are able to appreciate the skill involved in the skateboarder’s split-second movements.

Thailand Panasonic GH4

Slow motion footage can also be intercut with standard footage to create contrast between scenes or to emphasize specific moments as Alberto Tarrero does in this video shot during his trip to Thailand.

Above the Sky

Here’s another great example of intercutting slow motion footage with normal footage by Igor Kiselev, shot in Crimea with the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4.

Slow Motion, High Impact

When used properly, the Panasonic GH4’s slow motion recording modes can deliver footage that adds impact to your story, so make sure to get familiar with this powerful feature!

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