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13 February 2011

Seeing 100 times slower than real-life

More for our "Unseeable" series

This morning a post by Charlie White on Mashable sent me to Vimeo, and then on to the videographer and editor Tom Guilmette's web site, to watch this video, shot at 2564 frames per second:


Locked in a Vegas Hotel Room with a Phantom Flex from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo.

Here's another of Tom Guilmette's films clips, shot at 1050 frames per second.

Giant Rider Alex Couture High Speed Phantom Session from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo. More about this film at http://www.missinglinkfilm.com/

The Mashable post helps me make sense of what I'm seeing:

"Most video ambles by at somewhere between 24 and 30 frames per second when it’s shot and viewed, but when you play back this 2,564 frame-per-second video at the usual speed of 24 or 30fps, things are slowed down so much, you can see things you’d never be able to detect in real time.


"I’m always amazed at the way extreme slow motion techniques can turn everyday occurrences into mind-bending art. Beyond that, I’m impressed with the way Guilmette makes his video so entertaining with convincing sound effects, music and sharp editing, further playing with speed differences to create an astonishing timescape."