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33. Slow Motion From Pictures! [After Effects Pixel Mo…
11 months ago
Create a super slow motion effect from images in After Effects! All you need is two or more photos to create this effect. Pixel Motion is used in After Effects.

Please bestow a ♥ like or leave a ✉ comment if you have questions!

0:18 - Slow Motion From Photos Example
1:00 - Tutorial Start (tips and important information)
2:51 - How to Create Slow Motion From Pictures (method explained)

☞ TIPS:

✏ Rotate around your subject - your axis of rotation should be around the subject in the photo.
✏ Choose subjects with little background detail to achieve the best Pixel Motion effect.
✏ Keep the motion between images very, very subtle. Practice rotating around your subject once or twice before you take the picture.
✏ Remember to have your camera on manual EVERYTHING: Aperture, Shutter, Focus, and White Balance. This will ensure the fastest multi-burst from your camera (DSLR or point-and-shoot). If you are shooting at a higher ISO, turn off in-camera noise reduction.
✏ Rename your files to numbers or alphabetical order - After Effects sometimes won't create a proper JPEG sequence with filenames such as "IMG_9738.JPG". In this example, I renamed my photos by chopping off the first 5 characters (making the filename "738.JPG") with a file renamer.
✏ Resize your images to your output WIDTH (1920 for my project). I created an action in Photoshop that automates everything. This will speed up your overall production and processing time.

☞ You can also use this method by zooming into your subject (instead of rotating) while shooting the images. Do this by either zooming with the lens, or physically stepping closer to your subject. Remember your manual focus here.


UPDATE: How to resize your photos/images:
✏ Download my Photoshop preset: bit.ly/​resize-for-1080p-HD
✏ Follow the included instructions

REMEMBER that the photos you run through this Photoshop action WILL be overwritten. What I do is create a new folder called 'resized', copy my originals into it, then run the Photoshop action on the 'resized' images folder. After that, I chop off the first five characters of the filename with a file renamer such as File Renamer Basic (bit.ly/​File-Renamer-Basic).


To see other After Effects tutorials (including 60p to 24p Slow Motion Conversion, SUPER Slow Motion, TRUE Color Correction, and more), go to:
vimeo.com/​channels/​aetuts

devowe.com/​

Audio: Zoom H4n + Redhead Windscreen
  • Kiera Faye plus 11 months ago
    awesome effect! I can't wait to try it! only problem is, as of now, I know nothing about AE. where should I start?
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    Thanks for the comment Kiera!
    Andrew Kramer has some After Effects 'Basic Training' for free: bit.ly/​basic-after-effects-training

    or

    Lynda.com - Chad Perkins has some great stuff:
    bit.ly/​chad-perkins-ae-tuts

    or

    All AE tutorials on Lynda.com:
    bit.ly/​after-effects-tutorials-lynda

    Hope that helps - thanks for watching!
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  • Daniel Blair 11 months ago
    AWESOME TUTORIAL! I am going to try this out.
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    Great! Glad you liked it! :)
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  • Kalvin Camp 11 months ago
    awesssssome
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    :)
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  • CD 11 months ago
    This is very neat. Do you know of any way to achieve this in Final Cut Express? I've been looking but I have not struck gold...
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    Thank you for the comment. I am not familiar with FCP, but you could try Twixtor. Sorry I couldn't be of more help!
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  • Leon Kuklinski 11 months ago
    hey there :)
    awesome viideo. is it only possible in ae cs5 ?
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    Hi! You can do this in any version CS3 and newer (CS3, CS4, CS5). This tutorial was done in CS3! :)

    Thank you for your comment!
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  • Irakli Bedukadze 11 months ago
    oh yes, i like it !!!! i like it very much!!!!
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    :) Thanks!
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  • Jamin Bricker plus 11 months ago
    Nice, easy and effective... Perfect.
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    Thanks for the kind comment Jamin!
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  • Very Cool :)
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    Thanks :)
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  • Sam Morrill staff 11 months ago
    Hey Michael, nice tutorial. One question, when you resize your images, do you just crop them to 1920 x 1080? Any particular program you recommend for that?
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    Hi Sam, thanks for the comment. I resize the images to 1920px wide (the images are still the same aspect ratio - just resized down to 1920px wide. You can see the outline at the very beginning of the tutorial). Use Photoshop to resize the pictures. I have uploaded my Photoshop preset that resizes any size photo down to 1920px wide (no matter what aspect ratio). devowe.com/​work/​misc/​photoshop-presets/​devowe.com.atn.zip

    REMEMBER: The action will overwrite your image(s). Create a new folder, copy all the images into it, then run the action on them. I will update the description with more info.

    Hope that helps!
  • Sam Morrill staff 11 months ago
    Thanks, Michael. I'm going to have fun with this.
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  • AEdude 11 months ago
    Awesome! And so simple.....
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    Thanks!
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  • Alex Gaynor 11 months ago
    Thank you kind sir. this is our product (we modded your style)
    vimeo.com/​14723055
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  • pedro soto 11 months ago
    nice fx dude-....ty
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    You're welcome!
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  • Jonathan Joseph Foster 11 months ago
    The tutorials that I have seen for AE are most crazy hollywood style FX. Thanks for sharing some rad techniques for us documentary guys.
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    You are welcome, Jonathan. Thanks for the comment.
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  • Mujtaba H. Shah 11 months ago
    awesome
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    Thanks!
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  • Mirko Faienza plus 11 months ago
    A good one Michael, thanks for sharing
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 11 months ago
    Thanks Mirko!
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  • Ilir Sferdelli 10 months ago
    This is awesome, thanks for sharing!
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 10 months ago
    No problem Ilir! Thanks for the comment.
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  • Danie Malan 10 months ago
    Haven't tried this yet, but looks really aspiring! And I have this funny feeling that Andrew's cloud tut helped you to obtain this crazy effects, thanks for taking it a step further and experimenting.
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 10 months ago
    Thanks for the comment Danie! Andrew Kramer's tutorials are fantastic, but I got this idea from a shot I saw in another video somewhere.
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  • Danie Malan 10 months ago
    Yo, sorry brother. That's what I get for not looking at tutorial in depth. Very simplistic but extremely effective and original. Would love to see what inspired you. And can't wait to get some emotions going with this effect. Nice one!
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  • tashunkabaycroft plus 9 months ago
    such a cool effect. Trying to do it right now using CS4 and for some reason... nothing happens. I've followed it through a couple times and I don't get animating of the pixels between frames... just holds on one frame, then cuts to the next... aaaarrrrgggghhh... I know it's something simple I'm not doing right, but can't figure out what it is!

    Any thoughts?
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  • tashunkabaycroft plus 9 months ago
    literally ten seconds after I wrote this, I discovered I didn't have the main frame blending switch on... how aggravating! all good now though.
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 9 months ago
    I'm glad to hear you worked it out! Thanks for watching.
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  • René Roslev 9 months ago
    Great tutorial. Another reason to shoot full manual is to ensure consistent exposure/whitebalance between frames.
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 9 months ago
    Thanks! You are right, full manual will give you the best results and fastest multi-burst.
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  • Nick Menez 9 months ago
    Amazing :) You just gave me a real good idea :D check back soon
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 9 months ago
    :)
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  • Kamizoto 9 months ago
    Very impressive !
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 9 months ago
    Thanks!
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  • OD Hunte 9 months ago
    This is way cool and as a FCP dude (well not really, Im a music producer with a big interest in video who uses FCP), I'm really beginning to wonder about making the switch to AE, especially since Twixtor has never worked for me in FCP. This has got me thinking even more. Nice work!
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 9 months ago
    Thanks OD!
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  • tim tim 8 months ago
    thats amazing!
    ill have to try this out.

    do you know if it would work with video?
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 8 months ago
    Thanks for the comment Tim. Yes, this works with video, but the results may not be the same since video is compressed a lot more than JPGs (still images).
  • tim tim 8 months ago
    i see. thanks for the reply
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  • zack black 8 months ago
    this is really cool! thanks.
    now i need to find something cool to slowmo
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 8 months ago
    You're welcome Zack! Have fun.
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  • iamkalaniprince plus 8 months ago
    saweet : )
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 8 months ago
    hehe :-)
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  • Ricardo Infame 8 months ago
    Perfect this tutorial! Sunday off and study too. Thank you.
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 8 months ago
    You're welcome Ricardo!
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  • Tamarcus Brown plus 8 months ago
    dope i love it. im going to shoot a film like this if I wanted it to be in slow-mo more than 3s say like 15-30s do i take more photos?
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 8 months ago
    Yes, exactly, take more photos. The longer the slow motion effect, you more photos you'll need typically. You can 'get away' with less, but the effect will not be as high quality.

    Thanks for the comment Tamarcus!
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  • One Hate production 8 months ago
    Realy Cool effect, but is there a way to send this clip after to final cut?
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 8 months ago
    Export as AVI, then import into FCP.
  • One Hate production 8 months ago
    maybe because i have a make but i can only export swf and xwf
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  • Matt Rutherford 8 months ago
    Hi! What color grading filters did you use for the self-portrait photo sequence? The color on the second set looks great.
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 8 months ago
    Thanks! I used Curves, Levels, Shadow/Highlight, Hue/Saturation, and overlayed a deep blue (#062048) solid masked off to create a vignette.
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  • Hey! Awesome tutorial! I made this vid using your technique. Let me know what you think.
    vimeo.com/​18474955
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    Great, that turned out really nice!
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  • Eva Shtern 7 months ago
    Thanks Michael for this rad tutorial. I'm finally learning After Effects and videos like this really make it fun.

    Here is my first crack at it. It's really short but I hope to do longer videos soon.

    vimeo.com/​18779627

    Thanks again!
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    You're welcome Eva...glad you're having fun. :)
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  • Grant Singer 7 months ago
    This is sooo cool! thank you very much for sharing this! I am working on a project with it and I will post the link as soon as it's finished! Great job, Michael!
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    Thanks Grant for the kind comments!
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  • Alex Carisey 7 months ago
    Whao... That's pretty cool!!! Postponing bed to go through my Aperture library and find suitable shoots... Thanks much for sharing!
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    hehe :D Have fun Alex - you're welcome!
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  • Mark Kilner 7 months ago
    Saw this on PetaPixel. Very nicely done!
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    Awesome! Thanks Mark!
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  • Mihai Baloianu 7 months ago
    great tutorial. thx.
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    You are welcome Mihai.
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  • josh steinbauer 7 months ago
    hey Michael. thanks for the tutorial. really well done.

    i ran some pixel motion tests. you and yours can check out the results: vimeo.com/​19053584
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    You're welcome Josh! It's fun, isn't it?

    You mentioned some of your image numbers are missing. The way to fix this is to use a file re-namer (like the one in my description above: bit.ly/​File-Renamer-Basic) to rename all the files in sequence.

    Thanks for the comment!
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  • Salva Mehtash 7 months ago
    This is fantastic! Thank you so much! :D:D
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    You're welcome!!
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  • Alistair Loveless plus 7 months ago
    I've really been digging the vimeo video school stuff, and the featured lesson and junk, but this is a really powerful technique that creates a great professional quality.
    Thanks for sharing, i look forward to using this in the near future.
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  • fritolaypayday 7 months ago
    Excellent tutorial! I'm going to try it right now..
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    Great! Have fun..
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  • Robin Nichols plus 7 months ago
    Just tried this technique - never used AE before - but it worked like a dream, nice job!
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    Great! Glad to hear it Robin.
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  • manuelcappellari 7 months ago
    Michael, you are the best. Excellent idea and very good toturial. From today, I´am your fan!!! Thank you!

    I will test now!! See you.
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    Wow! Thanks Manuel for the kind comments! Hope you have fun.

    -Michael
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  • Jose Mas Perez 7 months ago
    where do I save the preset file?
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 7 months ago
    Mac: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS4/Presets.

    Windows XP: [Drive]:\Document and Settings\\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Presets.

    Windows Vista: [Drive]:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Presets.

    Make sure PS is closed before you save the preset to the proper location above. Hope that helps!
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  • Mohamed ben Othman plus 6 months ago
    Thank you Michael..
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 6 months ago
    You're welcome!
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  • Josh Pickle 6 months ago
    Thanks Michael, really useful tutorials. I find that with the frame blending, you can get a horrific warping effect...kind of interesting though
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 6 months ago
    Yep, the movement between shots should be minimal. Thanks for the comment!
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  • Paul Wilson 6 months ago
    Boys got mad skills! Well done man! Also I couldnt seem to get my copy of PS to see that I had put you action file in my PS/presets/actions folder. any clues?
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 6 months ago
    :) Thanks Paul - I'm glad you liked it!

    Make sure Photoshop is closed, then try opening again. If that doesn't work, check your presets location (see my reply to Jose Mas Perez above).

    Hope that helps!
    -Michael
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  • Paul Wilson 6 months ago
    Oh and yeah the 1000fps video. Also, is it kind of a rule of thumb that the more photos you have the longer and slower your slow mo' can be?

    Thanks Michael!
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 6 months ago
    That slick piece of work was done by someone else, actually (vimeo.com/​13557939). The tool they used was called Twixtor, and maybe some Time Remapping.

    Yes, it makes sense that more photos = 'more' slow motion.

    -Michael
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  • August Winkelman plus 6 months ago
    Great instruction, clear and concise. Definitely gonna play with this!
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 6 months ago
    Awesome! Have fun :)
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  • Marc Gomes plus 6 months ago
    Nice tut. Didn't work too well for me though. Everything done correctly but got very choppy background while in motion. Maybe I rotated camera a little too fast while shooting?
  • ☞ Michael DeVowe plus 6 months ago
    Thanks! That's right, your motion should be subtle. Think baby steps. :)
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  • maxwellbrandon 6 months ago
    Thanks for the tutorial, I used your technique for my art class! here's my first attempt:

    vimeo.com/​20464113
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