SloPro (app link) is a fun iPhone and iPad video-making app that allows you to slow down your videos without losing any image quality. When you shoot a video within this app, it will shoot it in 60fps (frames per second), as opposed to the usual 30fps.* This will allow the resulting video to be smooth and not pixelated, like when you slow down video in various movie making software.
Here is my first SloPro video:
Here is another video example, with each “throw in the air” being a different speed, ranging from 50% speed to 25% speed:
Since I first downloaded the app a few weeks ago, a new version (2.0) has been released. SloPro now allows you to:
- import your previously filmed videos (a feature much desired from users!)
- do “fast” motion (up to 4 times regular speed!)
- use the app on your iPad (videos on the iPad 2 might not be as crisp as the iPhone 4S and new iPad). Having this as a universal app (and not just an app for iPhone 4S) is important as few(er) teachers will have both devices.
- use SUPER SLOW MOTION, up to 1000FPS.
Here is the screenshot of the ability to choose videos from your Camera Roll:
Uses of SloPro in teaching:
- All gym teachers and coaches will definitely benefit from this app. They could use it to slow down all movements in sports for teaching techniques and to get students to improve upon watching themselves: basketball layups, track and field starting positions, gymnastics, baseball (pitching delivery and batting motion), volleyball (setting and hitting could totally benefit from viewing slow motion), golf swing approach etc.
- Drama teachers or any other teacher who incorporates acting could use this for a dramatic effect.
- Teachers of young students could shoot funny action shots of kids running and playing (students would have a great time watching them). Imagine making trampoline videos!
- Tech teachers who teach movie making can have their students brainstorm uses for it and incorporate it into their filmmaking.
When you are done editing your video, here are the options for sharing/saving it. (Only users who have upgraded the free app will be able to export.)
The free version will allow you to shoot and play around with the slow motion shots, but videos will have a watermark on the bottom. Try it out first, and if you do like the results, it costs $3.99USD to upgrade to the “pro” version, which unlocks all the features, including the ability to save to your Camera Roll. Once there, you will be able to import the clips into other editing software like iMovie or Avid. Four dollars does seem like a lot of money for an app, but you will not regret purchasing it, especially if you enjoy making videos, for yourself, your class or your family.
Any other ideas for this video app? Let us know in the comments!
*60fps will just work on the iPhone 4S, not the iPad or older iPhones. The hardware on those devices will not allow it.