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Slow Motion

Shattering CDs in Bullet Time

Shattering CDs in Bullet Time

(PG-13: Language) It’s common knowledge that spinning a CD too fast can cause it to fail spectacularly and shatter into thousands of shards. The guys from the Beyond the Press channel captured the deadly carnage in front of their $400,000, 72-camera Chronos bullet time rig.

Hornet Flight Slo-mo

Hornet Flight Slo-mo

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.

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Mocean

Mocean

Photographer Chris Bryan’s short film is comprised entirely of awe-inspiring footage of ocean waves, captured in slow motion using a Phantom Flex 4K camera with Leica Summilux lenses, and custom underwater housings. The level of detail, contrast, and vibrancy of the colors is truly something to behold.

Bullet Time Playing Card Explosions

Bullet Time Playing Card Explosions

We know that crushing and cutting playing cards with a hydraulic press can be quite spectacular. Now, witness the explosive dispersion of energy in the most impressive way yet, thanks to the guys at Kron Technologies, who helped put together a bullet time rig with 72 of their Chronos 1.4 high speed cameras.

Flaming Fire Fan

Flaming Fire Fan

“The only danger is these huge globs of falling fire…” The Slow Mo Guys modded a shop fan with steel wool on the tips of its exposed blades. After lighting them on fire, they shot footage of the fiery spectacle both in front of their high-speed camera, and to show off the Night Sight feature on the Google Pixel 3a smartphone.

Splitting an Arrow in Slow-Mo

Splitting an Arrow in Slow-Mo

The Slow Mo Guys decided to steal a page from the guys at Corridor and used a katana to slice an arrow in half. But in their clip, they captured the feat in front of the lens of an ultra high-speed camera. We have no idea how Gav manages to connect with such ease.

LEGO Crashes in Slow-mo

LEGO Crashes in Slow-mo

While there’s lots of joy to be had in building things from LEGO, it can also be a little bit satisfying to break them apart. In this montage from Custom Bricks & Models by Ren, he recorded 1000 fps slow-motion footage of various LEGO vehicles being smashed to pieces. At least he was kind enough to put helmets on his minifigs.

Ultra Slow-mo Explosions

Ultra Slow-mo Explosions

Who doesn’t love watching things blow up in slow motion? The guys at Love High Speed captured a variety of explody things in front of the lens of a Phantom v2640 Onyx camera, and the images they recorded are quite spectacular. That not enough for you? Here’s a bonus clip.

Freezing New York City

Freezing New York City

Some high-end mobile phones have support for slow-motion recording at frame rates up to 960 fps. GlenMakes turned the camera lens of his Galaxy S10 towards the normally action-packed streets of New York City while moving through traffic, and the super slow-mo makes it look like the entire city has been frozen in time.

Gallium in Slow-Motion

Gallium in Slow-Motion

“It’s like a cross between silver and milk.” Gallium is a pretty amazing element, a shiny metal that melts above 85.57ºF. The Slow Mo Guys decided to play with some of the stuff in front of their high-speed camera, capturing some amazing footage of the metal’s properties when in motion.

Las Vegas in Infrared

Las Vegas in Infrared

Filmmaker Philip Bloom used a modded Sony RX 100 Mk. IV and some post-production tweaking to depict Las Vegas in infrared. The resulting parched look is perfect for the city. It’s like catching an old impersonator without his makeup and costume on. Making-of here.

Inside a Giant Water Balloon

Inside a Giant Water Balloon

The Slow Mo Guys have a history of goofing around with giant water-filled balloons. This time out, Dan managed to squeeze himself inside one with a snorkel on, and Gav captured a view from inside using a waterproof probe lens. The footage isn’t the best they’ve shot, but it’s worth watching for the sheer ridiculousness.

Night into Day: SpaceX in Slow-Mo

Night into Day: SpaceX in Slow-Mo

Filmmakers Ryan Chylinski and MaryLiz Bender used high-speed cameras to capture incredible imagery from the launches of various SpaceX rockets. The footage is part of a larger project called Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts, which is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter.

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Slow Dance Machine

Slow Dance Machine

Intrigued by slow motion visuals? Wonder Machines‘ unusual picture frame makes real world objects appear to move in slow motion. Designed by artist and inventor Jeff Lieberman (Time Warp), the device appears to use some sort of nearly imperceptible vibrations to pull off its trickery.

Slow-motion Macro Vortex

Slow-motion Macro Vortex

The Slow Mo Guys took their pricey Phantom high-speed camera, mounted it sideways, attached a macro probe lens to it, and then focused it inside the vortex created by a self-stirring tumbler. The resulting slow-motion footage is a truly amazing look at fluid dynamics.

Destroying Weird Stress Balls

Destroying Weird Stress Balls

The guys at novelty shop Vat19 do their best job to channel The Slow Mo Guys. They filled oversized stress balls with various stuff, demolished them, and captured the carnage in slow motion. They just need to rent a Phantom camera next time.

Cardistry on Fire

Cardistry on Fire

Photographer Darren Dyk teamed up with card wizard Sean O to create a cardistry video like none we’ve ever seen before. Everything you see here was captured using real fire, and Sean’s hands were coated with dish soap and butane while performing. Don’t try this at home.

Daytime Fireworks in Slow-mo

Daytime Fireworks in Slow-mo

Gav and Dan wrap up their Planet Slow-mo series with an explosive finish. They set off a 120+ foot-wide line of fireworks, each loaded up with colorful paints. The first run didn’t detonate quite right, but fortunately, they got a second go at it.

Biopixel Slow-mo Nature Reel

Biopixel Slow-mo Nature Reel

Turn away if you don’t want to animals eating other animals. Otherwise, tune in now and watch a sample of the incredible slow-motion footage captured by nature photographers Biopixel in front of the lens of their Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera.

A Backdraft in Slow Motion

A Backdraft in Slow Motion

One of the worst things that a firefighter can encounter is a backdraft – which happens when a fire has almost exhausted all oxygen, and then a door or window is opened, causing a violent explosion. The Slow Mo Guys captured 4K footage of this terrifying phenomenon.

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360º Slow Motion

360º Slow Motion

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 CGI-like visuals.

Filming the Speed of Light

Filming the Speed of Light

The Slow Mo Guys have captured some amazing imagery at speeds over 100,000 fps. But to visualize something as fast as the speed of light, they had to visit a science lab at Cal Tech to take advantage of a camera that shoots at 10 trillion fps. Learn more here.

Battery Bounce Test Slow-mo

Battery Bounce Test Slow-mo

Here’s a little life hack – if you drop an alkaline battery on its end, it should bounce higher if its depleted than when charged. Warped Perception decided to test this out in front of his slow-motion camera, to see how differently-charged batteries behave.

Firing a Tank in Slow Motion

Firing a Tank in Slow Motion

On this episode of Planet Slow Mo, The Slow Mo Guys headed to a range in Texas to check out some WWII-era Sherman tanks, and a D-20 Howitzer artillery gun, and captured them firing projectiles in glorious detail in front of their high-speed camera.

Magnetic Fields in Slow-motion

Magnetic Fields in Slow-motion

To show how easy it is to visualize magnetic fields, Magnetic Games tossed a super-strong neodymium magnet into a pile of magnetite sand sitting on an impromptu trampoline. As the magnet and particles fly through the air, the patterns emerge.

Rocket Igniter Slow-mo

Rocket Igniter Slow-mo

Warped Perception takes an up-close look at a highly critical, but underappreciated element of every rocket launch – the igniters which get the rocket fuel going. The result is some truly stunning slow-motion macro footage. Watch in 4K if you can.

Slow-mo Wind Tunnel Fun

Slow-mo Wind Tunnel Fun

The Slow Mo Guys managed to score some time inside of a full-scale wind tunnel to see how their bodies and everyday objects would behave in gusts up to 80 mph. Along the way, they turn a condom into a wind sock. Learn more about aerodynamics in part two.

Icelandic Geyser in Slo-mo

Icelandic Geyser in Slo-mo

The Slow Mo Guys introduce their new YouTube series Planet Slow Mo by heading to Iceland and flying one of their pricey Phantom Flex high speed cameras over a geyser, strapped to an industrial-strength drone. The color of the water as the geyser blows is stunning.

Slo-mo Pupil Dilation

Slo-mo Pupil Dilation

Gavin and Dan of The Slow Mo Guys turn their attention inwards, capturing detailed macro footage that shows how the pupil of a human eye reacts to light. Gav used one of those unique Laowa macro probe lenses to get right up to Dan’s peepers.

How Fast Does Glass Crack?

How Fast Does Glass Crack?

The Slow Mo Guys decided to see if they could determine the speed at which glass shatters. With the help of some specially-marked sheets of glass and a super slow-motion camera, they were able to answer the question at hand, while also revealing the way in which it cracks.

Killing Tires with Potholes

Killing Tires with Potholes

We have some of the world’s worst potholes here in Chicago. To see just what sort of torture such bad roads can subject your car to, Warped Perception took a stripped down Mercedes E-Class and watched how the suspension, tires, and other parts behave in 4K slow motion.

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