Frame Rates, Shutter Speeds and Slow Motion

In this filmmaking class, Karl explains frame rates and shutter speeds. He demonstrates how adjusting these settings alters the appearance of motion in your videos, and how you can use them to create slow-motion and time-lapse footage.

This class includes some fun demonstrations, including fruit splashing into a drop tank, a model walking across the set, and Ping Pong balls bouncing on a hard surface!

In this class:

  • Frame rates in filmmaking
  • Frames per second
  • Shutter speeds in filmmaking
  • How to create slow-motion and time-lapse videos

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. What shutter speeds did you use for the various frame rates in the fruit dropping test, it would be good to know. Thanks.

    1. In the video we used 60fps – 1/120th, 120fps – 1/250th, 240fps – 1/400th and 400fps – 1/425th, (the 180 degree rule, except for the 400fps as that camera does not have the low light capabilities).

      With high frame rates/ slow motion its generally better to use a higher shutter speed as there is no need for motion blur like in normal speed video, the advantage of using higher frame rates for slow motion is the slow motion will look slightly sharper or crisper, however when filming in these higher frame rates light is an obvious issue so as long as your shutter speed is the same as or higher than your frame rate you will still get good slow motion.

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