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Galaxy S8/S8+ – How to Use Slow Motion

Posted by Arch on May 2, 2019

Applying slow motion can be a fun way to emphasize a particular moment in your video recording. Anyone can use it to great effect.

How do you create slow-motion videos with your Galaxy S8 or S8+? And is the recording quality up to scratch?

How to Record in Slow Motion

Here is a simple guide to using your S8/S8+ to record events in slow motion:

  1. Open the Camera App

  2. Swipe to the Righ

This will give you a selection of camera modes. Some of these are for photography, others are for video recordings. Slow Motion mode is represented by three circles.

  1. Tap on Slow Motion Mode

The top of the live screen will now say Slow Motion.

  1. Tap to Start Recording

Record a video exactly like you would in standard mode.

The Galaxy S8/S8+ camera comes with video digital image stabilization. This means that your recording will look smooth even if your hand moves slightly when you record. You can use the 8x digital zoom as you record.

  1. Enter Your Gallery

Slow-motion videos in your gallery come with a three circles icon. Tap on your recording to edit it.

Change the Slow-Motion Interval

The slow-motion parts of your recording are marked on your playback bar with a bracketed interval. Only a part of your video will be slowed down, depending on the Camera app’s algorithms. But what if you want to slow down a different part of your video?

You can change the interval by simply dragging the brackets to the right place on your playback bar. You can also extend the interval to your entire playback bar, which means that your whole video is in slow motion. Additionally, you can create more than one interval.

There is also an editing option that lets you choose between different playback rates: the slow-motion intervals can play at 1/2, 1/4 or 1/8 of your video’s standard speed.

Trim the Video

You can also shorten your recording to size.

Share the Video

When your slow-motion video is complete, you can share it to your social media accounts.

A Few More Important Specs

Your Galaxy S8 or S8+ comes with a high-quality camera that works well in dimly-lit conditions. It can record 4K videos at 30 fps. If you want a higher frame rate, you can choose 1080p resolution instead.

If you want to experiment with slow motion, you can record your video at 240fps. This means that you can slow down 5 seconds of recording to 40 seconds of playback.

When you record in slow-motion, your resolution has to be 720p. If you want a higher frame rate or a higher resolution, you may need to trade your S8 in for a newer phone, like the Galaxy S9. But most users are satisfied with the quality of slow-motion videos taken with the S8/S8+.

A Final Word

In addition to slow-motion, there are other interesting video modes to choose from.

For example, you can use hyperlapse mode to record a long event and then play it back in a compact form. Virtual shot takes a series of photographs from different angles and converts them into a video.

If you enjoy video editing, you can combine your slow-motion videos with other recordings. When you find the right editing app, you’ll be able to create complex and fascinating videos on your S8/S8+.

One thought on “Galaxy S8/S8+ – How to Use Slow Motion”

Kristen says:
I am still so confused. My video does not let me trim it. It does not have that option! It only has share and delete. I am able to move the brackets to move the slow motion portion but no way to trim it! Please help. I’ve looked everywhere with no answer. I have an S8
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