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How to use the Galaxy S5's slow (and fast) motion video features

Between high frame rate and high-resolution video, today's smartphones are proving to be quite capable video cameras. And the Galaxy S5 is no exception — it offers both UHD video and several different video shooting modes, including slow motion, to let you unleash your inner videographer. Toggling to the right video mode for each occasion is easy, but there are a few different choices that need to be made before you can simply point and shoot.

Let's take a quick dive into the Galaxy S5's slow and fast motion video modes, and see how you can unleash the power of your phone's video camera.

Although it may seem like a gimmick at times, well-done slow motion video is pretty awesome. When used in moderation in the right situations, slow motion can change the entire look of a video shot. As we show off in the video above, the Galaxy S5 sports three different slow motion speeds — 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 speed — to fit the situation you're taking video of.

Switching between video modes is simple. Just launch the camera app, hit the settings gear and look for "Recording mode" in the settings. Tap that button, switch to "Slow motion" and then select your speed. You may want to start with 1/2 until you get the hang of things, as 1/8 speed produces dramatically longer videos (eight seconds of playback for every one second of recording) and therefore requires more editing. Once you select your slow motion speed, hitting the video record button will automatically start recording in slow motion.

Galaxy S5 Camera Interface

On the other end of the spectrum, the Galaxy S5 also offers a "fast motion" mode, which instead speeds up playback. While we're not sure this will be as popular as slow motion, you can find it in the same camera settings by tapping "Fast motion" then selecting again x2, x4 or x8 playback. If you want to quickly switch between modes, press and hold the video mode button in the settings, and drag it over to the bar on the left side — that way it's only a single tap away next time.

Slow and fast motion videos are saved the same way any other video is, and can be shared out to your favorite cloud storage provider, your computer or onto social networks with ease. Just keep in mind the file sizes and video lengths when you're recording — nobody really wants to see three minutes straight of 1/8 speed slow motion video. Video resolution in slow motion is limited to 1280 x 720 (fast motion is limited to 1920 x 1080), but that's plenty high for any online publishing you'll be doing and your internal storage space won't get eaten up, either.

With a little bit of practice and editing, you can work in quick slow motion clips into all of your videos, and the reaction is sure to be a positive one. Give slow and fast motion a try the next time you're shooting video with your Galaxy S5.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • Anybody know if there's an app that allows me to shoot slow motion video with the Nexus 5?
  • Even if you do, the slow mo won't look too good. It has to do with hardware.
  • Smooth motion is pretty cool. Haven't tried fast motion yet, though.
  • Smooth is the best Posted via Android Central App
  • I kind of prefer medium motion Posted via Android Central App
  • Why do we need a tutorial article for every feature of the Galaxy S5? If it was a good phone, it would be obvious to the user how to do all these things
  • That's not true at all. I have a Nexus, and I still find things I don't know how to do. So when you have more features, you simply won't have time to find all of them, so they have been nice enough to point them out and explain them for us. You sound like you don't have an S5. If it irks you that bad don't read the article, the title was rather clear. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm not saying that tutorial articles are all useless. Certainly for more interesting or hidden features like enabling USB tethering or doing tricks with NFC these articles are great. I love finding cool new uses for my phone. What irks me is the barrage of "How to do X on the GS5" articles in the last couple weeks, when most of them are stupid simple or just require a little bit of curiosity when you open up an app. I am actually mad I commented on this article rather than the one I noticed immediately afterwards on how to change your wallpaper. If anyone needs to read an article on how to do something so basic, the user experience has failed. Sorry for going on a rant; it's not generally my style. I just wanted to share my opinion with Android Central and its readers because I don't want to have to remove them from my RSS reader for diluting the pool of useful information.
  • You are on an Android website and Samsung vastly outsells all other brands when it comes to Android devices. It makes sense to have more articles based on the best selling Android devices. I doubt the PadFone X articles are going over very well right now. There are other websites if you want to see Apple/Blackberry/Windows tips.
  • they did the same with the M8, and the X
  • I think its because the S5 was the first phone to really tantalize users of other devices such as iPhone to make the switch. I know it did me, and a few people i know, and i had no idea how to use the slow motion well, I knew it was there, I haven't used it, and it isn't quite as easy to do as it was on the iPhone, but it sure looks better, and Slo-mo was something i used often on my iPhone.
  • The S5 got me to switch from iphone to. My 1st android and has has made NEVER to consider buying iphone ever again Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because a sub-forum will not survive without fresh content. Note that this article fell under
    Android Central> HOW TO. I'm not an S5 owner either due to the fact that Airview does not support 3rd party apps like my Note stylus does. A shame since I am ready to jump devices to something that actually fits in my robust phone mounts for turn-by-turn and GPS for my Truck, ATV's and Motorcycle (and also not brick sized once a ruggedized case is fitted). But hey, look on the bright side. At least it wasn't an article about the iPhone. LOL
  • For a minute I though this was referring to the laggy software. Posted via Android Central App
  • you have your phones confused
  • Is there a way to switch between the modes while continuously recording? Or a way to adjust a portion of your video to be slow motion and not just the whole video? I can't seem to figure out a way, maybe an app or something that can do it?
  • Not as far as I can see. Posted via Android Central App
  • I, for one, really enjoy and appreciate these How-To's for the S5. The Galaxy S5 is so feature packed that it takes a while to find all of the awesome capabilities. Ignore the haters...they are just sad about the crappy battery life of their Nexus 5's. ;)
  • and cameras...
  • I was going to send a text message but I didn't know how. I figured that I would open the app and try to figure it out but I didn't know how to turn the screen on. Jim Lloyd
  • Refer to your user manual. If that doesn't work try a sledgehammer.
  • What are the ACTUAL frame rates of these settings?
  • Is there a way to slow motion a video clip I have already recorded? Or just slow down a few frames mid clip?
  • It's a GS5