YouTube now lets users turn video uploads into slow-motion replays

29 May 2013

Image via S.Pytel/Shutterstock

YouTube has added a simple-to-use new effect to its video-editing tools that allows users to create slow-motion videos, without the need for a high-speed camera.

When you see a video of a dog drinking water in slow motion fetching more than 6m views and channels, such as The Slow Mo Guys with more than 2m subscribers, you get an idea of how much the YouTube audience appreciates a bit of slowed-down action. We’ve even been caught up in the (slow-moving) bandwagon and featured a video from The Slow Mo Guys in our viral videos of the week round-up.

But while these guys and other channels have high-cost professional equipment at their disposal to create these videos, YouTube has now added a simple tool for users to add the same effect to their own uploaded content.

Using the YouTube Video Editor or Enhancements tool, users can apply a slow-motion effect that will slow their video down to half, one-quarter or one-eighth its original speed.

As this footage has been slowed down in post-production and not shot with a high-speed camera, you won’t get the level of definition achieved with these expensive devices, but you will get a similar effect, albeit a bit blurry.

Check out the videos below to see what a four-second video looks like when it’s slowed down to one-eighth its speed.


Slow motion image via S.Pytel/Shutterstock

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.