3 Reasons Why You Should Be Using YouTube’s Slow Motion Editing Tool

By now you’ve heard that YouTube has officially added slomo capability to their built-in video editor. Now, no matter how mundane or anti-climactic your footage is, Michael Bay-esque slow motion glory is only a click away.

While an overuse of slow motion will almost certainly send your time-crunched audience packing, the new enhancement does have a few hidden perks if used sparingly. Here are the three best reasons to create a slowmo video.

This shit just got real [Dubstep begins playing, explosions erupt in the background. A helicopter flies overhead].

1. To Blow Your Audiences’ Minds

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Take a lesson from YouTube’s The Slow Mo Guys and start turning everyday occurrences into slow motion masterpieces. Of course, if you don’t have a Phantom v1610 you won’t be able to achieve the same level of epicness as The Slow Mo Guys. However, you can still create some great footage using run-of-the-mill slow motion.

2. To Add Much Needed Comedic Value

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Have you ever filmed all morning, edited the footage then uploaded it to YouTube only to realize everything you just spent your day working on was plane crash-level unfunny? Here’s an easy fix: just make it slow motion. Everything — and I mean “everything” — is funnier in slow motion. No ideas for your weekly upload? No problem, just film yourself doing laundry then add slowmo and presto — instant hilarity. But seriously, don’t do that.

3. To Look Like a Total Badass

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The bottom line is this: if you are spending your days and nights uploading video to YouTube, chances are you won’t be joining SEAL Team 6 or a pro roller derby league anytime soon. Why not spice up your tough guy/girl image with a little slow motion? Taking the step from being the guy with sand kicked in your face to the one doing the sand kicking is as simple as uploading a little slow motion action footage. And if that ends up being laughably bad, just consult reason #2 above and stop going to the beach.

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