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How to Interpret Drone Footage for Slow Motion in Adobe After Effects

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One easy way to add a cinematic edge to drone footage is to showcase the footage in slow motion. In order to achieve this look, we need to interpret footage shot at a higher frame rate, such as 60 frames per second, and bring it down so that it plays at 30 frames per second. Doing this will effectively double the length of the original video clip, giving us a slow motion look.

Shoot at a Higher Frame Rate

In order for us to interpret our drone footage for slow motion playback, we first need to be working with a clip shot at a higher frame rate than our project. A typical video project is usually shot at 24, 25, or 30 frames per second. So our footage will need to be shot at a higher frame rate than that. (Usually it will be shot at 60 frames per second or higher. There is a 60fps clip included with the project file, so be sure to download that to follow along!)

Interpret Footage for Slow Motion

Right click on your footage in Adobe’s After Effects project panel and select Interpret Footage > Main. That will open up the footage options. Under Frame Rate option, select Conform to Frame Rate to turn it on and input 24. This will interpret your footage from 60fps to 24fps, which will more than double the original length of the shot, resulting in a natural slow motion look.

Bonus Tip

Slow motion footage needs the right kind of music to accent it well. Definitely give TheQLon’s music portfolio a look at AudioJungle. The music track “Light Future Bass” is one of my favorites, and it has a nice indie-hip vibe that is popular with a lot of video-blogs nowadays. And of course these tracks work great with slow motion drone footage!

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