All modern iPhones have a colossal number of functions that users sometimes do not even know about, and this is a technological and rather expensive device. Today we will tell you about such a wonderful function as the slow motion mode: on which devices it is present, how to use it all, and what settings can be tweaked.
Starting with the iPhone 5s, all models of Apple smartphones can record video at 120 frames per second, but only the latest versions equipped with the A11 Bionic and A12 Bionic chips, such as the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XR and iPhone XS, can record Slo -Mo videos in Full HD resolution (1920 × 1080 pixels) at 240 fps.
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Comparison of slow motion quality on different iPhone models
By default, iOS devices record Full HD video at 120 fps, but settings can be changed if desired. Note that the ability to shoot Full HD video at 240 fps is present only in the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XR and iPhone XS, earlier models only support video recording in 720p (1,280 × 720 pixels) resolution.
- iPhone 5s - 720p (1,280 x 720 pixels) @ 120fps
- iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - 720p @ 240fps
- iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus - 1080p @ 120fps or 720p @ 240fps
- iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max - 1080p at 120 or 240 frames per second.
1080p / 240fps video recording requires the H.265 (High Efficiency Video Coding) codec built into the Apple A11 Bionic microprocessor or higher.
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Which devices can view slow-motion video captured on iPhone
Full HD video recorded at 240 fps can be viewed on any device that is compatible with iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra 10.13 or later, although a modern iPhone or Mac (iPhone 6 or later) may be required for good playback., iPad Air 2, Mac models released since Mid 2015).
Slow motion video can be viewed on iPhone just like any other. All iPhone models from the 4s are equipped with a 60Hz screen, so any high frame rate video plays without loss of quality. For high-quality playback of the recording on desktop computers (macOS or Windows), you will need devices equipped with a 6th generation Intel Core processor or lower.
However, it is best to watch videos on iPad Pro. All 2017 models support Apple ProMotion technology, which provides picture refresh rates up to 120Hz. When playing video at 1080p / 240fps on an iPad Pro that supports this technology, the screen refresh rate will automatically increase to 120Hz for smoother, clearer playback.
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How much space does slow motion video take
Due to the efficiency of the H.265 video codec (HEVC), 1 minute of recording in Slo-Mo mode (1080p / 120 frames per second) takes about 170 MB of memory, 240 fps - 480 MB.
How to Record Slow Motion Video on iPhone (1080p / 240fps)
1. Open the Settings app on your smartphone.
2. Tap the "Camera" option.
3. Select the subsection “Slow down. video ".
4. Select a time-lapse quality.
Council. To display a hidden option to record 720p video at 240 fps on modern devices, switch from High Efficiency to Most Compatible in Settings - Camera → Format. The camera format menu does not appear on unsupported devices.
5. Close Settings and launch the Camera app.
6. Select the "Slow down" option at the bottom of the interface.
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7. Press the Record button or the volume key to start or stop recording.
The recorded video will be saved in the Photos application as a.MOV file.
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How to transfer videos to Mac or PC
Under Preferences → Photos → Transfer to Mac or PC, choose your preferred file transfer format. Two options are available - Automatic and Transfer Originals.
When you select the latter, the file format will be preserved in its original form, and in Automatic mode, when transferring video from a phone to a computer, it will be encoded with an H.265 encoder, which will increase compatibility by changing the file size. Use this setting if your computer does not support the H.265 video codec.
When transferring videos using AirDrop or the Share menu, iOS always transfers the converted H.264 version for better compatibility.
Examples of slow motion video captured on iPhone
An example of shooting in Slo-Mo mode on iPhone 5s:
An example of shooting in Slo-Mo mode on iPhone 6:
An example of shooting in Slo-Mo mode on iPhone X:
What if I have an old iPhone that doesn't have slow motion?
Owners of older iPhone and iPad models should not worry, because the App Store has programs that allow you to add this feature even to iPhone 4s and iPad 2. You can read about one of them in this article.
- Videos shot on iPhone 6 in Slow Motion at 240 fps.
- Original video samples shot on iPhone 6 in Slow Motion.
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