Step 1: The Camera
Here is a walkthrough of the different frame rates in order of speed. Changing the fps is simple, press MENU>Quality>HS Speed> 300, 600, 1200, or 30-300.
This setting has the largest viewing window (512X384 pixels) and requires the least amount of light. It has the slowest frame rate, meaning the playback footage is faster than than 600 and 1200 modes, but slower than real time (which is around 60fps).
Just like Goldilocks, this setting is "just right." It has a manageable viewing window and does not require an excessive amount of light, making it perfect for larger actions such as a football tackle. The playback footage is pleasingly Matrix-time slow.
The shutter moves fastest in this mode; it opens and closes 1,200 times each second. Although it has a very narrow viewing window, this mode produces the best end results. Recordings can last about fifteen seconds before frames are lost, resulting in jumpy footage.
The thirty-three-hundred mode means that the camera is filming at regular speeds, but with a turn of the ring, switches to 300fps mode. Another turn of the ring brings the speed back to 30fps. The ring, located just behind the lens, has three functions: zoom, focus, and CS fps (camera shutter fps). The default setting is "off;" turning the ring does nothing whatsoever. To change this, press MENU>REC>Ring Setup>CS fps.
I highly recommend buying a lens filter/protector. These nifty little devices screw over the lens to protect it from harm (you are blowing things up, remember). If the lens protector becomes scratched or damaged, it is easy and cheap to replace; as opposed to a $1000 camera lens.