Blowing and popping soap bubbles is fun – other than the slippery mess left on the floor afterward. The Slow Mo Guys had some fun making soap bubbles so big that a human can stand inside of it. The 50,000 fps slow-motion footage gives us a unique perspective on what it looks like as each bubble bursts.
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When you pump too much voltage into a capacitor, it will eventually fail by exploding like a tiny bomb. Gav and Dan of The Slow Mo Guys pushed too much power through some of these ubiquitous energy storage devices to see what they looked like as they failed. The footage tops out at an incredible 187,500 fps.
After creating a vacuum inside of a glass jar using a microwave, the Hydraulic Press Channel submerged and crushed it with their 40-ton press. At first glance, it looks like any other glass being shattered, but you can really see the water being sucked into the vacuum during the implosion on the high-speed playback.
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.
After a way-too-long breakup, The Slow Mo Guys are finally a duo again, with co-host Dan Grunchy returning to Texas after living abroad in the UK during the pandemic. In his first episode back, he makes the slowest entrance ever, then has some fun by diving into a wet swim cap while Gav records it at 1000 fps.
The Hydraulic Press Channel tried something they’ve never done before. They placed the business end of a 40-ton press inside of an aquarium, then smooshed a soda can and some bottles to see how they would behave underwater. Their new slow-mo camera produced some nice high-quality images of the explosions.
Thanks to the photographic prowess and entomological expertise of Ant Lab, we’ve seen some amazing close-up footage of insects. This time, watch tropical butterflies as they emerge from their chrysalises and take flight. Then take a look at the tropical rainforest exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
A while back The Slow Mo Guys showed off how TV screens display images in slow-motion. Now Gav is back to look at a different kind of arcade display, a vector graphics monitor used in Atari’s Tempest, Star Wars, and BattleZone. These displays draw images like an X/Y plotter rather than line-by-line or frame-by-frame.
Gav from The Slow Mo Guys combined a mix of chemicals that burn in different colors then lit them in front of a circle of fans to create a fire tornado. The colorful plume of fire forms a surprisingly smooth gradient it rises from the barrel below. The top-down views are particularly captivating.
You’d think a battle between balloons and darts would have an obvious winner. But when you line up a bunch of giant balloons in a row, the dart eventually runs out of energy. How Ridiculous put this to the test – but they first tried popping them with everything from a marshmallow to a volleyball.
A while back, Smarter Every Day showed off an air cannon that can launch a baseball at speeds over 1000 mph. This time, they used the cannon to observe the physics at work as the ball leaves the cannon and is obliterated. Stick around for some amazing 36,000 fps slow-motion footage of exploding sprinkles and mayonnaise.
Filmmaker Dustin Farrell captured this awe-inspiring footage of an F-22 Raptor aircraft as it was piloted through the skies by Maj. Joshua “Cabo” Gunderson. The 1000 FPS Phantom Flex4K slow-motion video shows every minute detail of the wake turbulence left behind by the fighter and its powerful jets.
Not long ago, the guys from How Ridiculous dropped 100,000 ping pong balls from the rafters at an empty arena. Now they’ve rigged up a similar stunt, but the balls are far more bouncy this time, resulting in a longer-lasting impact after they hit the ground. But first, enjoy some fun with balloons, basketballs, and golf balls.
The S loves to build all kinds of things out of matchsticks, then light them on fire. In this clip, he built a cardboard model of a disc-shaped UFO, filled it up with 25,000 of the incendiary devices, then set them ablaze with awesome results. The spinning part of the lift-off was a nice touch.
The guys from Australia’s How Ridiculous have made a career out of destroying stuff. They certainly don’t disappoint in this video, as they test how many panes of glass are needed to stop a variety of objects, including a tomato, a roll of toilet paper, a Rubik’s Cube, and a throwing axe. The slow-motion footage is pretty epic.
If there’s ever another world war, please let it be fought with water balloons instead of weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Jimmy Zou has the right idea, though if you were one of those LEGO minifigs you might be pretty sore after being nailed with so much water. Thanks to Beyond the Brick for the compilation video.
Dr. Adrian Smith of Ant Lab is back with another amazing slow motion macro video of insects taking flight. This time, you’ll witness a variety of mantises, weevils, flies, and other bugs lifting off. The 6,000 FPS footage reveals the normally unseen but dramatic differences in how each insect takes flight.
Kuma Films is known for capturing the nuances of movement by talented people around the world. Following up on Everything Looks Awesome in Slow Motion, they revisited some of their slick action footage, and played it backwards. The result is just as eye-catching as the footage played in the regular direction.
Gav of The Slow Mo Guys poured paint onto a wooden disc, then spun it with a drill at speeds up to 1500 RPM. While there’s nothing particularly notable about spin art, what makes this video interesting is the rotation synchronized high-speed footage that shows how the colorful patterns emerge in a split second.
The guys from How Ridiculous headed to an en empty arena, toting with them box after box of orange ping pong balls. The plan – drop them all from the ceiling and record it in glorious slow motion. But first, there’s a small Guinness World Record they aim to beat.
Gnuk Animations has an obsession with LEGO trains, and likes to see what it will take to stop one from rolling down the tracks. On their TikTok channel, you’ll find videos of a LEGO train taking on spaghetti, Q-tips, Pokémon cards, paper straws, tin foil, and more.
How might we experience time if everything slowed down to 1/3600th of its current speed? With the help of a Phantom TMX 7510 high-speed camera, Gav from The Slow Mo Guys gives us a small taste of what life might be like at 90,000 frames per second. Want more? Here’s a guy falling into a pool for an hour.
As we’ve seen numerous times before, the guys from How Ridiculous love to drop things from a tower. They worked with a metal shop to build a giant, spiky wrecking ball to break things with. The 979 lb. ball gets put to the test against a stack of doors, a wheelbarrow full of Orbeez, a wine barrel, and a bulletproof glass table.
With a good macro lens, proper lighting, and a high-speed camera, it’s possible to capture some incredible images. This video of what it looks like when an eye drop hits the front of an eyeball reveals all sorts of neat details that you’d normally miss in the blink of an eye.