Video To create those amazing bullet-time shots in The Matrix, the filmmakers used a bunch of cameras to simultaneously capture the action from all angles. But Google Engineer Ben Krasnow found an easier and cheaper way to do this by simply spinning a high-speed camera capable of shooting at speeds of up to 21,500 frames per second.
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Video: It takes The Slow Mo Guys a few attempts and false starts to hit the burning wick of a candle with an air gun. But when they actually do, it's damn impressive to see in slow motion, because it basically vaporises on impact and the candle's flame follows the bullet in a wonderful, fiery trail until it disappears.
Video: There are endless documentaries that explain the clever technology that allowed World War I fighter planes to fire their machine guns through their propellers without hitting the blades. But The Slow Mo Guys use their high-speed cameras so you can finally see exactly what's happening.
Video: Turns out, dropping a giant concrete block onto a car ends exactly like how you would imagine it would: The car gets completely obliterated and smashed to smithereens. Crash Zone pulled off this incredibly silly stunt and filmed it in slow motion so that you can see the damage in lovely, exacting detail. The concrete block pierces through the metal frame and sends shattered glass flying everywhere.
Video: The best science always involves explosions and destruction, and we probably would have paid closer attention to our teachers in primary school if they did experiments like this. While it's probably easy to guess what happens when a bowling ball is dropped on an axe head from 45m, the slo-mo results are still far more entertaining than reading a science textbook.
Video: Glass can explode, and seeing it happen in slow motion is damn incredible. The Slow Mo Guys pointed the Phantom V2511 high-speed camera at a Pyrex glass measuring cup that was heated with a torch and then doused in cold water to capture the exploding glass (something about the sudden temperature change isn't good with tempered glass) and you can see just how fast it blows up.
We've seen everything from jelly to raw eggs get completely destroyed after being frozen with liquid nitrogen. But nothing comes close to being as cringeworthy to watch as Brent Rose taking a baseball bat to a 38cm silicone dildo turned into a frozen rock. Despite some interesting science at work here, some of you might want to look away.
Video: If you've ever built your own potato gun, you probably don't think twice about the explosions that launch the projectile — mostly because they're hidden within it.
Video: Sometimes slow motion is used to enhance action scenes. Other times it's done to convey love between two characters. There are even times when it's used to replicate using drugs. Or show off a superpower. Or show dread. Or capture someone's last moment. The point is, slow motion is used a lot in films, for many different reasons. Here's a breakdown showing how certain directors use slow motion in their movies.
Video: They're one of the most terrifying and destructive weapons of war, but through the lens of a high-speed camera, a flamethrower looks like it's actually releasing a magical flying dragon made of fire. As with almost anything filmed by the Slo Mo Guys in slow motion, it's surprisingly beautiful to watch.
Video: Wow. Let's never ever be on this end of a gun barrel in real life, but seeing the slug shoot out from this homemade quad barrel shotgun is really, really impressive. The homemade weapon is pure insanity — like something only fit for a comic book villain — because its four shotgun barrels in one. Seeing it fire in slow motion is unreal. You can basically see the bullet dance in the air.
Video: The internet would be a far less awesome place to waste valuable hours at work were it not for the The Slow Mo Guys turning the mundane into the amazing with their high-speed camera. By itself a clump of burning steel wool is only mildly interesting, but at 1000 frames per second, it's better than a fireworks extravaganza.