How to record slow motion videos on your iPhone

How to record and share a Slo-Mo video on the iPhone 5s, including Instagram!

The Camera app on the iPhone 5s can not only record video but it can record 120 frames-per-second (fps) slow motion video as well. Slow motion video means just what you'd expect — everything recorded moves more slowly, but still smoothly. It's like the effects you see in movies and on TV. Better still, Apple lets you quickly and easily set in and out points for the slow down effect at any time, so you can make sure your video only goes slow, and stays slow, for the precise moments you want.

How to shoot a slow motion video with the iPhone 5s

  1. Launch the Camera app from the Home screen of your iPhone 5s
  2. Switch the slider along the bottom to Slo-Mo by swiping your finger to the right twice from the default photo mode. (Or just tap the word Slo-Mo at the bottom left.
  3. Record the video you want to have a slow motion portion in just like you'd record a regular video.
  4. Once the video is done recording, tap on the thumbnail in the bottom left hand corner to pull it up.
  5. Here you can play the video and drag the sliders around in order to adjust what part of the video is actually slow motion.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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rysmithaz says:

Uploading from Facebook app strips the slow-mo.

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Allyson Kazmucha says:

That's why I didn't suggest uploading from the Facebook app. In the last portion I even put that you should use the native sharing option in the Photos app and choose HD (there are screenshots of what I'm talking about too).

Adambuzz says:

When I tried to send a slow motion video via iMessage, the slow motion portion of the video wasn't there. It played the entire clip in standard frame rate. The only way that I've been able to share one so far is by uploading it in HD via YouTube.

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Allyson Kazmucha says:

Facebook HD works too. Or emailing it to yourself.

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mjcostajr says:

Thanks for sharing! Was trying to figure this out last night!

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yahtzee says:

Sending to yourself via email lessens the quality of the video. Also, when you send it to someone via iMessage it appears fine to the other person but will not show the slowmo portion on your own device within the message. Really hope there are plans for a fix.

jon sandler says:

Yes, this is correct. The recipient WILL see the video in slowmo, even if it does not display correctly in your own iMessage.

"Even if the bag does not inflate, oxygen is still flowing"

zdn1042 says:

I wish I could also use this slow-mo feature.

DerrickShowers says:

Thanks for the suggestion! I noticed the limitation this evening when trying to import slow-mo video into iMovie. Have you heard whether or not this is a limitation based on lack of developer support? Or based on the lack of necessary APIs for developers to use? Can't seem to find that answer...

Carlos Camino says:

I have a different problem. I love editing videos with Imovie on the Iphone, but when I select in Imovie one of my slow-mo videos, they are not in slow motion anymore. And this is nlt gold cause I was really looking foward to editting slow-mo videos with Imovie for IOS7

jon sandler says:

The video should be in 120fps. Simply use a time remapping feature to extend certain parts that you want in slow mo. It will look the same.

Daniel Ang1 says:

Couldn't upload the slow mo video on Instagram. Tried sending to myself as you suggested but the quality becomes very low. Anyway to work around it?

Michael McKenzie2 says:

What about uploading a slo-mo video from iphone to my mac desktop, the slo-mo
goes away? What's up with this?
Thanks

Jens S says:

I found this to be a bit complicated but theres this App that lets you do this a bit easier, called Slomogram. http://www.slomogramapp.com

nominaa11 says:

IF YOU GOT IPHONE 5S THEN YOU CAN DOWNLOAD iMOVIE(AND MORE iWORK APPS) FOR FREE.THEN JUST ADD YOUR SLOWMOTION VIDEO TO IMOVIES AND SAVE TO CAMERA ROLL.SOOO SIMPLE AND FAST :)

AVEbrahimi says:

I just used an iPhone app which converts my videos and make them Instagram ready, it is called SlomoGram, here is the link : http://bit.ly/1dxp0Tr

Kasper Mortensen says:

A Friend of mine, posted a video in slow motion HD to facebook, after it was uploaded we could see it on his phone on facebook. But when i go to where it was posted, the post isn't even there not even on my computer(windows) and android phone?

TrkMh says:

how do i move my slow-mo video in my computer like i try as regular way but don't get the slow-mo Video get the video as regular video is there is any way to get slow-mo video in my computer

darinr80 says:

My only issue would be that emailing a slow motion video compresses it to such a small size it's almost not an option I would want to use. I just sent it to my friend's Galaxy S4 and it was tiny.