Blowing up a real submarine would be costly and impractical, so Gav from The Slow Mo Guys did the next best thing. He took a scale model of a sub, placed it inside a fish tank, and set off mini depth charges. The exterior shots were done with Phantom cameras, but the underwater shots were done with a GoPro Hero9 Black.
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Flicking a cigarette lighter takes a fraction of a second. But there’s actually quite a bit going on as the flint sparks up and ignites the butane fuel. This 7,600 fps slow-motion clip shows exactly what is happening as the flame emerges from the lighter. Here’s a similar clip at 20,000 fps.
Most content is shot digitally these days, but there’s something special about the look of movies shot on film. Gav of The Slow Mo Guys shows us the insides of a vintage 16mm camera for an up-close look at how it works as the film rolls past its shutter. It’s amazing how those sprockets keep each frame perfectly exposed.
Back in 2018, Darren Dyk from Beyond Slow Motion met up with world Yo-Yo champ Evan Nagao in Hawaii to record his attempt to pull off a never-before-seen trick. It took Evan numerous tries, but he eventually manages to make the string fly backwards for five rotations around his Yo-Yo’s body before hooking it on its axle.
Solo Slow-Mo Guy Gavin Free turned his macro lens towards a piece of lab equipment called an ultrasonic homogenizer, a device that rapidly vibrates to combine liquids. To capture it moving up to 30,000 times per second, he had to get out the big guns, a Phantom V2511 camera to record movements at 170,000 fps.
YouTube channel Macro Room is known for their incredible macro and slow-motion photography. To celebrate their 1 millionth subscriber, they created this video in which a man sits still as their face is barraged with paint balloons. It’s also an impressive demo of the Chronos 2.1 HD slow-motion camera system.
Dr. Adrian Smith of Ant Lab is the man you want to see if you’ve got a question about bugs. Among his many buggy pursuits is capturing slow-motion footage of insects as they take flight. In this video, you’ll enjoy a variety of bugs lifting off, many of which are less graceful than you’d think.
Gav from The Slow Mo Guys dusted off some of the mousetraps they used in their man vs. mousetraps video, set them up, and poured powdered paint pigments onto each one. After an extensive amount of prep, he triggered the traps, ran away, and recorded the spectacle of flying colors for us all to enjoy in magnificent slow-motion.
The Beyond the Press channel covered an old beater with 70 blasting caps, then detonated them remotely. With the help of their Matrix-style ring Chronos 1.4 cameras, they recorded the sparkly light show in 360º slow-motion. For safety purposes, they couldn’t load the car with explosives, but it’s still fun to watch.
After seeing a slow-motion video where the pattern from dust on a tennis racket appeared to hang in space, Kuma Films wanted to see if they could do the same. With the help of a pricey Phantom high-speed camera and some colorful powders, they replicated that along with a few other visuals based on viral videos.
With just the right amount of compressed air, it’s possible to spin an apple in the air. But there’s only so many RPMs a fruit can take, and eventually, the apple gives up. Gav from The Slow Mo Guys put this physics experiment to the test in front of a high-speed camera so we can see exactly what happens when it disintegrates.
We’ve seen how pinball machines are made. Now, thanks to Gavin of The Slow Mo Guys, we can see exactly how they work as they kick steel balls around. He spent some quality time with Jersey Jack’s tricked-out Willy Wonka pinball machine to observe how its electro-mechanical playfield components work.
Athlete and physical comedian Daniel LaBelle imagines a world where gravity is strictly optional. He edited his slow-motion footage to never show his feet touching the ground, then got his buddies to participate in an even better part two of the series. That bit with the treadmill is our favorite.
You wouldn’t think that something as innocuous as corn starch could cause a massive fireball, but you’d be wrong. The Beyond the Press channel conducted a series of experiments to show just how flammable various kinds of dust and powder can be when exposed to a flame. They didn’t try non-dairy creamer though.
If you still have any doubts about the benefits of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, this video from The Slow-Mo Guys and special guest Dr. Anthony Fauci should set you straight. The number of droplets that go flying when speaking without a mask on is particularly illuminating.
Researchers in London, England used a fascinating method to view the aerodynamic properties of flight. Using helium-filled soap bubbles, they were able to visualize the vortices created by birds’ wings, and made interesting observations about the role their tail feathers play in flight. Details here.
The Slow Mo Guys are currently separated by an ocean, but they managed to collaborate on their latest clip, and teamed up with maker Colin Furze to go up close and personal with one of his brilliant pulse jet engines. Though they had to travel back in time to create it.
Macro Room set up various objects and vessels filled with water or paint on a platform and then dropped spheres, pins and balloons on them. They captured the resulting explosions with a slow-mo camera that spun around its edge, creating wild visuals that look like they were computer-generated.
We already know that the view from a helicopter’s spinning rotor can be incredibly dizzying. That’s why we’re happy that Chuck Aaron Aerobatics recorded this blade spin POV at 240 fps, then slowed it to 30 fps, giving us a more digestible look at what a helicopter blade sees as it takes to the skies.
We’ve seen lots of slow-motion footage of weapons being shot, but this is the first time we’ve seen exactly what happens to a shotgun shell when it’s fired. Pistolas Refritas rigged up a trigger that fires a 12-gauge shell outside of the barrel, so you can watch as its gunpowder explodes, and its steel pellets go flying.
Nature photographer Lothar Lenz captured this incredible macro slow-motion video of hornets in motion, as they fly around, sip water, and live their lives near his home in the Eifel region of Germany. The crystal clear sounds of the buzzing insects are especially immersive with headphones on.
Inspired by the time-bending antics of Christopher Nolan movies like Tenet, Gav of The Slow Mo Guys shows up in a room where a bunch of things have already been destroyed, and attempts to clean up the mess by doing everything in reverse. That elephant toothpaste stuff never gets old.
Warped Perception enjoys seeing how things look in slow-motion. He recently got the idea to launch a model rocket from inside of an aquarium, letting us see how it behaves both in and out of the water. We love the way its exhaust plume changes as it breaks the surface of the water.
Before his passing in 2019, scientist and photographer Andreas Kay captured some amazing imagery of the diverse lifeforms in Ecuador. We especially enjoyed this slow motion, macro footage of a tortoise beetle as it opens its wings and lifts off. He also rigged up a spherical treadmill to shoot footage of insects as they walk.
Beyond Slow Motion teamed up with PhysicsGirl to demonstrate a vacuum-powered cannon that can fire ping pong balls at more than 800 mph. Using two high speed cameras, they captured footage of each ball as it launched and met its maker against various objects. Dive into the physics at work here.
Due to the global pandemic, The Slow Mo Guys are still stuck an ocean apart, so today’s clip features a solo experiment conducted by Gav, who has the duo’s high-speed cameras in his possession. Sit back and enjoy some slow-motion footage of molten thermite being poured into an aquarium filled with water.