I downloaded an MP4 video shot from International Space Station (). It's a time-lapse of the upper atmosphere, showing aurora and lighting, taken over several weeks. It's an incredible video but would be much more enjoyable if it were slowed down a bit. I would like to recreate the file at a slower speed (not just slow it down during playback). I would also like to replace the audio (music) background with something more to my liking.
Can someone recommend a 'freeware' converter or editor that can do either or both of these tasks?
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Either you mux with a lower fps (it just plays back slower, you can do this with mp4box / yamb for example) , or you attempt to generate slow motion in post . You lose no video quality with muxing , but the other methods require re-encoding
Muxing at a lower fps means exactly that: If the original file is 25fps, a 4x slowdown would play it at 25/4 = 6.25 FPS. It will look like a slideshow (because a timelapse is a slideshow)
There are 3 basic approaches to produce slow motion after the footage has been shot. They all attempt increase the framecount so it was as if you shot at a higher FPS. 1) Duplicate frames, 2) Blended Frames, and 3) optical flow or motion interpolation . So a 4x slowdown would need 4x the number of frames added per unit time.
Duplicates produce choppy motion like the muxing ; blends produce smoother motion but are blurry ; motion interpolation attempts to generate new "in-between" frames from motion vectors of the surrounding frames, but can suffer from morphing edge artifacts, and computationally more intensive . Also if you have frame errors, it can propogate those errors into "good" frames, so you need to fix the "bad" frames first. If you're familiar with twixtor , kronos , or after effects' pixel motion or timewarp, those are examples of the 3rd option. The free way is mflowfps in avisynth, or msu frc .
They all have drawbacks, but method 3 usually produces the smoothest motion if you can tolerate the artifacts. Some source types are interpolated very well with few artifacts, others can produce disasterous results. The "best" way is to shoot a higher FPS, this way every frame is real and unique.
Audio is simple, you can just mux it in. If you need specific timing, it helps to use a video editor, but you can shift the audio with most programs
Here is a small comparison of the 3 methods
Yep, thx for the correction Gavino.
THANKS PDR for such a detailed explanation of the options. As a novice to all of this, the clip you prepared was extremely helpful and appreciated. It may be a few weeks before I have time to mess with this, but I'm so glad I found this forum, as I am likely to have further questions.
[Edit] removed question on meaning of 'muxing' as I found answer at program links provided above. Thx.
Last edited by ginahoy; 19th Nov 2011 at 21:37.