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.
Awesome Slow Motion
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’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.
There’s a classic physics experiment that shows how filling a balloon with water protects it from a lit match. Expanding on this idea, Beyond Slow Motion’s Darren Dyk wanted to see if the same would hold true if he held a ball of fire in his hand using butane and soap bubbles. Needless to say, don’t try this at home.
After introducing us to the charming little globular springtail, biologist Dr. Adrian Smith AntLab wanted to capture slow-motion footage of other jumping insects. In this fascinating video, you’ll see how leafhoppers, treehoppers, planthoppers, and froghoppers spring up off of the ground and take flight.
The guys from The King of Random teamed up with Todd Robins from Kuma Films to capture slow-motion video footage of what happens when you burst a bunch of balloons that have been inflated inside of each other. It took an 11,000 fps camera to really show off the split-second explosions.
During the lockdown, the guys from Beyond Slow Motion have been catching up on editing footage they never got around to posting, including this super cool video of a team of talented athletes from XPOGO as they showed off their springy skills in and around an abandoned steel mill.
Separated by a travel ban, The Slow Mo Guys’ co-host Gavin Free goes solo without his buddy Dan Gruchy in this abridged episode. With the help of Phantom Flex 4K camera and a Laowa probe lens, Gav decided to see what’s actually going on when an Apple Watch ejects water from its speaker ports after going for a swim.
Kuma Films is known for photographing people as they show off their various talents. Often, the footage is captured in slow-motion, so for fun, they decided to run some of the footage in reverse, resulting in a surreal and captivating compilation of backwards scenes.
Not only does the Globular Springtail have an awesome name, it also has the ability to perform crazy fast spins as it jumps into the air. Its rotational speed has been clocked at over 22,000 RPM, or about 374 flips per second. AntLab’s Dr. Adrian Smith captured slow motion footage of the little guy in action.
(Flashing images) We already know that confetti and other small, moving objects can wreak havoc on video compression algorithms. Now, The Slow-Mo Guys have gone all out to push YouTube to its limit with some ultra high-definition, high-speed footage of glitter falling towards their camera’s lens.
“How do you stop a rhino from charging?” The Slow Mo Guys take on one of their more unusual subjects – the kind of dart used to tranquilize animals. To demonstrate how these unique medicine delivery vessels work, they filled samples with food coloring, then watched the pressurized fluid release as it met its subject.
The Slow Mo Guys co-host Gavin Free was inspired by the macro water droplet photography of Markus Reugels, and decided to try and replicate the effect by capturing a refracted map of the Earth onto a droplet in front of his high-speed camera. It took some fiddling to get the focus right, but he eventually got it sorted.
The Hydraulic Press Channel took advantage of the brief daylight in Finland to step outside of their workshop and play with another toy, lovingly known as the Smashinator 5,000,000. This pneumatic press is much faster than the one they typically use, and it makes quite the mess when it makes things explode.
Invented by Nikola Tesla, this ingenious type of valve uses a series of teardrop-shaped channels to restrict the flow of gases going one direction, by allowing smooth flow the other direction. NightHawkInLight built one such valve and demonstrates how it works by igniting propane gas flowing through it.
If you take a felt tip marker and whip it fast enough, some ink will come out and create a spatter. The Slow Mo Guys decided to take this idea and amp it up by building a multi-pen spinner rig for a power drill, then let the ink fly in front of high-speed cameras. It’s a great way to make modern art too.
Over the years, Mike Boyd has learned to do all kinds of things, from making fire from scratch to throwing a boomerang. In this video, Mike revisits some of his many skills in front of the lens of a high speed camera. We’re still amazed by the dotted chalk line technique.
Magnets and destruction. What’s not to like? Magnetic Games rigged up a variety of fragile panels in front of a powerful neodymium magnet, then launched a steel sphere in its direction, and captured the smashy goodness in slow motion. Don’t try this at home without proper eye and face protection.