How To Create a Slow Motion Movie on your Phone

By Tracey Dowdy

My first video camera was roughly the size of the microwave currently sitting in my kitchen. It was bulky, heavy, and designed to use full-size VHS tapes. Plus, there was no easy way to edit movies so you were stuck fast forwarding past the 15 minutes dad shot of his feet instead of the championship game. Now, we can take quality videos with our smartphones, edit them, and even produce a Hollywood quality film as Sean Baker did with Tangerine, a movie shot entirely on an iPhone 5S.

One of the more fun and artistic effects you can create on your smartphone is to shoot video in slow motion. Whether it’s the satisfaction of an epic belly flop or the thrill of watching someone cross the finish line, slow motion video offers drama befitting those moments that fly past us so quickly.

If you know you want the video to be slow motion, choose Slo-Mo in your recording options. If you realize after the fact, no problem, you can slow it down with some simple editing.

To create a slow motion movie on your iOS or Android device, simply follow these steps:


  • Open the iMovie app ($4.99)
  • Choose Movie (not Trailer)
  • Choose Create
  • Import by selecting the clip you want to edit
  • Tap the timeline and choose your import speed by tapping on the speedometer
  • Use the slider to adjust playback speed – tap the Play button to preview and adjust as needed
  • Tap Done to save your changes
  • Open the Share menu to save and export your movie
  • That’s it!


  • Open Adobe Premiere Clip (Free – Google Play store)
  • Choose the video you want to edit from your Gallery
  • Choose Freeform – Trim, sequence, and edit manually
  • Under Options, choose the speed slider
  • Tap the Share button to save your changes
  • That’s it!

Now go capture those belly flops! Summer won’t last forever.

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

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