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Slow Motion

Skateboarding on Fire

Skateboarding on Fire

A team of talented and thrillseeking skateboarders literally set their boards and ramps on fire, then performed a variety of cool tricks in front of the watchful lens of BeyondSlowMotion. Needless to say, don’t dare try this at home.

How Strong is Oobleck?

How Strong is Oobleck?

The Backyard Scientist continues his literally and figuratively sloppy experiments by “testing” oobleck (cornstarch mixed with water). Like ketchup, quicksand and silly putty, oobleck is a Non-Newtonian fluid. It flows like a liquid but behaves differently when force is applied to it.

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Flamethrower Slow Mo

Flamethrower Slow Mo

Gav and Dan of The Slow Mo Guys got their hands on a personal flamethrower from X Matter, loaded it up with fuel, then fired it up in front of their watchful lens for our enjoyment. The coolest shot has to be the face-on fireball at 2:40.

Fencing Visualized

Fencing Visualized

You don’t have to understand a word of Japanese to enjoy this super cool video which not only demonstrates some key fencing moves, but illustrates them with slow motion and colorful motion trails. More Enjoy Fencing!

How Flies Escape Danger

How Flies Escape Danger

BBC Earth Unplugged turns its macro lens on the house fly to show just how good they are at detecting impending doom, with their omnidirectional vision and fast reaction time. It’s fascinating footage, but we’re pretty sure they could have hit the fly if they tried harder.

Slow Mo Human Catherine Wheel

Slow Mo Human Catherine Wheel

The Slow Mo Guys made a cheap – and dangerous – version of the Catherine wheel aka pinwheel firework by setting a bundle of steel wool on fire and then spinning it around with a string.

When Molten Salt Hits Water

When Molten Salt Hits Water

The Backyard Scientist shows off what happens when salt is melted (at ~1400ºF) and then poured into in an aquarium filled with room temperature water. The end result is a shockingly big boom that sends glass and water flying everywhere. (Thanks Paul!)

Yo-Yos & Waterfalls

Yo-Yos & Waterfalls

We’ve seen lots of awesome yo-yo tricks over the years, but videographer Darren Dyk gives us a newfound appreciation for the artistry and talent that goes into these tricks by capturing master yo-yo throwers JT Nickel and Paul Dang with his Phantom slow motion camera.

Tongue in a Mouse Trap Slow Mo

Tongue in a Mouse Trap Slow Mo

Dan of The Slow Mo Guys acceded to fan suggestions (and the lure of YouTube fame and fortune) and triggered a mouse trap with his tongue in front of their Phantom camera. While the human tongue is indeed strong, it’s definitely not numb. Man that was nasty.

Crushing Frozen Jello

Crushing Frozen Jello

Carsandwater takes a momentary break from his red hot nickel ball to drop an 83.5 pound weight on some lime gelatin, then repeats the “experiment” after deep-freezing some in liquid nitrogen. Why? Because YouTube.

Lawnmower Blender

Lawnmower Blender

When you think of it, the spinning blade on a lawnmower is like a giant version of the one in drink blenders. In this super-sized version of Will It Blend?, we find get to see the slow-mo destruction of various household objects dropped into said mower blade.

Golf Ball vs. Wall

Golf Ball vs. Wall

If you’ve ever been clocked on the head by a golf ball, you’d be certain they’re hard as a rock. But they’re actually quite pliable. Here’s slow-mo footage of a golf ball as it hits a steel wall at 150mph. While it’s likely it was a practice ball, a regular ball still flexes quite a bit.

Chromatic 2

Chromatic 2

Slow motion photographer Darren Dyk once again captured stunning footage of skateboarders turning in some epic kicks and flips while rolling through colorful powders, turning their motion trails into momentary works of art.

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Tanker Implosion Slow Motion

Tanker Implosion Slow Motion

Ladies and gentlemen, the Los Angeles Lakers. Nah, MythBusters tested if a tank car can implode because of a vacuum. After two failed attempts, they succeeded by using a damaged and old car. The funny part? They could’ve confirmed the myth with a YouTube search.

Paint Spinning Drill in Slow-mo

Paint Spinning Drill in Slow-mo

The Slow Mo Guys loaded up a drill bit with several colors of wet paint, then captured the ensuing spatter with their high-speed camera at up to 2500fps. The spiraling paint drops are cool, and they could probably sell the artwork they created at a fancy gallery now.

Morning Coffee in Norway

Morning Coffee in Norway

The most interesting man in Norway doesn’t always have coffee in the morning, but when he does, he does it while ice skating in a bathrobe and sneakers. Also he doesn’t actually drink the coffee.

Literally Shooting a Shotgun

Literally Shooting a Shotgun

It’s not a likely real world scenario, but it’s still fascinating to see exactly what happens to a shotgun as a .50 cal bullet is fired directly down its barrel towards the receiver. The explosive slow-motion shot captured by FullMag is Mythbusters worthy.

Impact

Impact

We’ve seen a short film that’s best watched on a smartphone screen. On the other hand, we imagine Jean-Charles Granjon’s meditative slow-motion film about a cliff diver would be awesome on a large monitor, turned on its side.

Fire-breathing Backflip Slow Mo

Fire-breathing Backflip Slow Mo

The infamous Steve-O dropped by The Slow Mo Guys’ headquarters for one of their best episodes yet. The idea was that he’d set his hand on fire, do a backflip and spit flammable oil to pop a hanging balloon, which would then unload water on him. The stunt starts at 2:11.

Ballout 4

Ballout 4

“He lost his son, so he adopted the streets.” YouTuber DefendTheHouse made a basketball trick shot video in Fallout 4 with the help of the game’s drug Jet, which slows down everything else but the player. Bonus points for the ballin’ backing track, Whispering Through by Asura.

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Collapsing Magnets in Slow-Mo

Collapsing Magnets in Slow-Mo

Beyond Slow Motion picked up a stack of colorful Magination magnets, then captured how dropping a single one into the mix causes them all to pull together toward each other. By adding some water and colored powder to the mix, the effect is even more impressive.

Surfing at 1000 FPS

Surfing at 1000 FPS

Another stellar slow-motion surfing video from Chris Bryan. The veteran filmmaker and photographer used Phantom’s Flex, Miro M320S and 4K Flex cameras with his custom made underwater housings to shoot these awe-inspiring sequences.

Fire Tornado in Slow Motion

Fire Tornado in Slow Motion

The Slow Mo Guys used the tried and tested (but still dangerous) method of creating a fire tornado so that they could capture it up close at 1000fps and 2500fps. They should’ve made a miniature town for it to destroy.

Slow-Mo Water Spirals

Slow-Mo Water Spirals

Gav and Dan of The Slow-Mo Guys take something as simple as a foam ball soaked in water and turn it into a yet another fascinating subject in front of their 1600 fps camera lens. The spiraling water flying off the ball it look like a spinning planet with orbiting rings.

Burning Flash Paper in Slow-Mo

Burning Flash Paper in Slow-Mo

For the first of his new Tidbits of Awesome series, Darren Dyk of Beyond Slow Motion slows down what normally happens in a blink of an eye, and puts us up close and personal with the magical substance that is flash paper.

Jelly Tennis

Jelly Tennis

Some Redditors asked The Slow Mo Guys to replicate a Jell-O advertisement where a blob of gelatin is sliced into many pieces by a tennis racket. The ad may have been altered, but the concept is sound. Jelly worms confirmed.

Inferno

Inferno

Director of Photography Mitch Martinez shows off his custom made bullet-time rig with the help of fire breathers Mike Icon and Terry Lee Fields II. Mitch’s rig uses 50 Canon DSLRs, though he sometimes swaps one of them with a Red Epic for slow-motion shots.

5k iMac vs 90mm Cannon

5k iMac vs 90mm Cannon

It pained us to watch the wanton destruction of expensive hardware, but FullMag’s epic slow-motion footage of the cannon firing at this pricey iMac made us feel better – just a little. Though next time, send us the new computer, and we’ll send you an old one to blow up.

The Extreme Minuet

The Extreme Minuet

We can only imagine how many attempts it took to get this right, as a line of 43 people tossed coins into liquid-filled beakers to play back a passage from one of Mozart’s minuets. Though you can only hear the notes when played back in slow motion.

Tased in Slow-Motion

Tased in Slow-Motion

The Slow-Mo Guys have subjected themselves to all manner of torture so we could see it in excruciating detail. But when it came to being shot with a high-voltage weapon at Taser HQ, they left that to another human guinea pig.

Instant Contact Explosions

Instant Contact Explosions

The Royal Institution demonstrates a substance known as nitrogen triiodide, which is so highly unstable that merely touching it makes it explode. We’re not sure how they even managed to handle it to set up the experiment.

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