After Effects – Slow motion bee on flower

Sitting among beautiful flowers in the 25 degree heat of Newcastle Upon Tyne, I find myself eating a wonderful breakfast of chopped apple, granola and yoghurt. I spotted a bee flying in and out of the flowers and thought I’d try and capture the moment in slow motion on my iPhone. I didn’t expect the results to be this clear. The focus is a bit of a pain, however it adds a bit of character to the footage

I imported it to my computer and into After Effects. I’d been looking at the footage on my iPhones standard Photo App. This allows you to view the footage in slow motion (dropped FPS). However in After Effects I had to mess around with Time Stretching percentages for ages. I finally figured that to match the iPhone’s playback you must Time Stretch by 400% and this drops the 120fps to 30fps. Resulting in a seamless slow motion video.

1 thought on “After Effects – Slow motion bee on flower”

  1. Hi Alex hey have you ever thought of a career in wildlife filmmaking? beautiful film, your a very talented young man take care and have fun all the best Pat Nellist

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