There’s no shortage of slow-motion footage out there on the internet, but there is a shortage of original ideas. Slo-mo explosions just don’t hold our attention like they used to, but by attaching his high-speed camera to a spinning lawnmower blade, YouTube’s tesla500 gives us a fantastic front-row seat as old electronics get shredded and destroyed.
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One of the hardest video effects to fake is slow motion. It requires software to stretch out a clip by creating hundreds of non-existent in-between frames, and the results are often stuttered and unconvincing. But taking advantage of the incredible image-processing potential of deep learning, Nvidia has come up with a way to fake flawless slow motion footage from a standard video clip. It's good thing The Slow Mo Guys both have day jobs to fall back on.
Video: In Durham, North Carolina, there's an internet famous train trestle bridge that's been shearing the roofs off of tall trucks for years now. There's a lot of footage of the 3.5m bridge eating trucks, but none as spectacular as this recreation the Slow Mo Guys created, which was captured in super-satisfying, super slow motion.
A real fireworks show requires trained professionals to handle the explosive materials, and a location that's safe for fiery debris to rain down onto. But as The Slow Mo Guys discovered, you can get a similarly satisfying explosive experience with a high-speed camera and a couple of fruit-blasting cannons.
Video: Everything is cooler in slow motion, and when the Slow Mo Guys point their high-speed cameras at a pair of massive sumo wrestlers with a combined weight of over 450kg, you can actually see the shockwaves rippling through their bodies as the two near-immovable competitors collide in the ring.
Tired of waiting weeks for the Slow Mo Guys' latest experiment with their high-speed cameras? Over the next 12 weeks, the duo's new YouTube Original series Super Slow Show is going to deliver an almost daily dose of slo-mo goodness with bigger explosions, celebrity guests and bigger risks, all recorded at thousands of frames per second.
I realise that airbags have saved countless lives since they were introduced in the early '70s, but that doesn't make the idea of having a giant pillow explode in your face any less terrifying. Especially after watching the explosive mechanism that fills an airbag in just 0.03 seconds detonate in super slow motion.
As tragic as it is to accidentally drop an elaborate Lego creation, it can also occasionally be quite cathartic to watch thousands of plastic bricks shatter in all directions. But I'm glad it was David Windestal and his crew who went to all the trouble of building this 3,152-piece Lego Super Star Destroyer before completely obliterating it on a 108km/h rocket sled.
Strategically place a ring of fans around a roaring fire and you can turn a relaxing way to toast marshmallows into a terrifying tornado of flames. The effect is even more fascinating in super-slow motion, and when you toss a tiny plastic ATV into the flames, it ends up looking like a stunt from a Hollywood blockbuster.
Throw a pebble into a still pond, and the shockwaves from the disturbance will ripple out in all directions in nearly perfect concentric circles. But disturb the fine mesh of a window screen that's soaked with rain or morning dew, and the shockwave will ripple out with a unique, four-pointed star pattern.
Video: There's no denying that a massive bolt of electricity streaking hundreds of kilometres across the sky is one of Mother Nature's most impressive demos. But when seen through the lens of Dustin Farrell's high-speed camera, lightning becomes even more phenomenal as it slowly zig-zags its way from the clouds to the earth below.
GoPro has been the leader on action cameras from the very beginning, and its brand has attained a kind of Xerox-like omnipotence - despite the company's ongoing struggles in recent years. Amongst GoPro's problems is the difficulty in making the improvements to its line look like anything more than iterations. With its new Hero6, GoPro has juiced its top camera's guts to make it capable of some frankly incredible slow-mo action. Whether that's enough to make a difference, remains to be seen.
Can you really split a bullet with a sword? The Slow Mo Guys tested the logistics of such a feat, but using a safer approach that involved a giant super-sharp knife and a pellet gun firing tiny projectiles to minimise any undesired results -- like one of them getting hit, or their incredibly expensive slo-mo camera getting destroyed.
Video: When you get exclusive access to a 45m-tall tower, you're going to want to do more than just take in the view. So when the team from How Ridiculous got just such an opportunity, they made the most of it, hauling a heavy anvil to the top and then dropping it on a stack of spray paint cans on the ground below.
Video: The odds of two paintball projectiles colliding in mid-air during a match are incredibly slim. And even if they did, the resulting explosion would happen so fast your eyes would barely see it. But with some clever timing, even more luck, and a Phantom V2511 high-speed camera recording at 28,500 frames per second, you can capture spectacular footage like this.