The following is a proven scientific fact: Kids playing in slow motion are cuter than kids at full speed. (And a lot easier to catch.) And taking slow-motion video on the HTC One M8 is a simple and fun way to add a bit of depth and differentiation to videos you take with your M8 — as well as what ends up in the M8's excellent Video Highlights feature.
So. How do you take a slow-motion video on the HTC One M8? Here's how.
The redesign of the camera app in Sense 6 means that some features may be an extra layer down than they used to be. But it's still pretty quick and easy to get to the slow-motion option on the M8.
- First, slip into video mode. (Hit the button with the four circles on it.)
- Now look for the video mode button. It'll be between the three-dot overflow and the ISO settings.
- Tap it, and then choose the little walking guy option. You'll see "Slow motion video" flash on the screen.
Now all you have to do is hit the video record button. Once you do, you'll notice that it's recording four times faster than you're used to, and the elapsed time will count up by 4 seconds instead of 1 second. Then when you play back the video, you'll have some sweet slow-motion action. You lose out on audio when recording in slow motion (annnnnnnnnd forrrrrrrrr gooooooooood reeeeeeason, right?) And HTC's done it right in that you can share your slow-mo stuff just like you can any other video. Upload it to YouTube, put it on Facebook, whatever. It all works the way it's supposed to.
And it gets even better. Once you've got your slow-motion video, you can edit it. Just go into your gallery, open up the video you want, then hit the overflow button and choose "Edit." You can trim out parts you don't want, adjust the speed from 1/4 real time to 1/2 real time, or run it back up to normal. Pretty nice trick, actually.