I think nearly everything looks exciting and new when filmed in slow motion. But as a big tattoo fan, I found a video that’s cooler than others. Gav and Dan of The Slow Mo Guys show us what a tattoo needle looks like from under your skin, up close and personal, and shot at up to 20,000 frames per second. Told you it was cool!
We’re big fans of The Slow Mo Guys here on DIYP, and never more so than when they’re doing something destructive. In what seems to be a trend with Gav and Dan in recent months, this video is another collaboration. You might remember they recently did a video with Electroboom that was quite… shocking (sorry!). Well, now they’ve gotten together with Scott from the YouTube channel Kentucky Ballistics for another.
If the name wasn’t a big clue, Scott’s channel is about guns, particularly big guns. He often makes the guns explode, too. On purpose, that is. Whenever he posts a video containing any kind of slow motion – or The Slow Mo Guys post anything involving weaponry or explosions – there are inevitable comments below the video saying that they should collaborate. So, they finally did.
The Slow Mo Guys are back again, slowing down time. This time, it’s part 2 of something the boys did in 2021. Shooting at 90,000 frames per second and playing back at 25fps, they’re able to slow down time to 1/3,600th of its regular speed. This means that one second of real-time is able to be slowed down to precisely one hour. This presents a very unique view of the world around us and the events that happen in it.
Obviously, this concept proved popular last time they did it, so they’ve done it again. Slowing incredibly fast events down by 3600 times makes it very easy to see exactly what’s happening. Sure, 90,000fps isn’t quite fast enough to capture things like electricity arcing from a Tesla coil, but it’s still pretty fast and shows some everyday events in a whole new light.
Shooting food footage has always been changing. Aside from getting the framing, lighting, and general composition right, you also need to make sure the food looks good. And if you want to add motion to the shot, it adds another layer of complexity.
We took the DigitalFoto 360 spinner for a ride and learned quite a few things about feed photography along the way, here is what we learned:
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of The Slow Mo Guys here at DIYP. But when they team up with one of our other favourite YouTubers, like Mehdi Sadaghdar – otherwise known as ElectroBOOM – you just know it’s going to get crazy. After the boys saw one of Mehdi’s videos they knew they just had to collaborate with him on something extra special involving electricity and… Well, they’re The Slow Mo Guys, so they made it happen.
Mehdi travelled all the way from Vancouver, Canada down to Texas, with a lot of dodgy-looking electronics in his carry-on luggage to film with the guys. Not surprisingly, Mehdi got a few shocks along the way – and they all looked like genuine accidents this time – but you’ll all be pleased to know that Dan did, too!
There seems to be a weird obsession with super slow movie players lately. I’ve seen a few of them come scroll up my screen lately, but this one’s… Well, it kinda takes the cake, with a new frame being rendered about every half an hour. And it uses virtually no power in order to be able to do it, too. It’s based off an ESP32 in “Deep Sleep” mode and draws about 12uA (that’s 0.000012 Amps!). It’s projected that its 2,000mAh battery should last… oh, about 1.2 years.
It’s an interesting way to have a kind of constantly changing photo frame, that progresses one frame through a video sequence at a time in extremely slow fashion. One frame every 30 minutes would means that a movie like The Matrix (just the first one, not the whole trilogy) would take just over eleven years to watch in its entirety. In real-time, the duration of The Matrix is about 2 hours and 16 minutes.
I always say that macro photography helps us reveal a whole new world even in the most mundane, everyday objects. But if you pair extreme close-ups with video and slow motion… Well, you get a whole new level of beauty.
Macrofying, a 21-year-old macro photographer from Germany, combines all of these techniques. They zoom into the depths of everyday objects to reveal whole new worlds and show us things like candles, lighters, sand, or popcorn in an entirely new light.
If there’s one thing we know about The Slow Mo Guys, it’s that they’re always chasing ever faster frame rates to capture things in even slower motion. If there’s another thing we know about Gav and Dan, it’s that they like blowing stuff up. And when they combine the two, it always results in some pretty insane footage, letting us see things in ways we never have before.
You’ll be pleased to hear that this video is no exception as the boys add to their familiar array of Phantom cameras with a Shimadzu HPV-X camera that shoots up to a whopping five million frames per second – technically, it can shoot up to ten million but they only take it up to five – to capture shaped charges exploding. This beats their Phantom cameras by an order of magnitude and then some!
This is a video we’ve actually featured before, way back in 2014, but it appears to be making the rounds on social media again and it’s well worth a revisit. It was shot by NASA, obviously, and it’s footage of the Apollo 11 launch, shot on 16mm film at 500 frames per second in 1969. Now, that might not seem like a lot compared to the crazy slow motion cameras available today, but 53 years ago, that was pretty impressive!
When shot at 500 frames per second and played back at 30 frames per second turns that ~30-second real-time clip into an 8-minute and 22-second sequence that you just can’t take your eyes away from. The Saturn V rocket that launched Apollo 11 was an extremely powerful Heavy Lift Vehicle. It was the heaviest rocket ever to ever fly successfully, weighing in at 6.2 million pounds fully loaded.
This is a video of which the T-1000 would certainly approve. In fact, at one point, Dan of The Slow Mo Guys actually says that the scene before them “looks like the T-1000 sneezed in a nightclub”. And he’s not wrong! In this video, Gav and Dan put gallium in a blender and use a Bolt motion control robot arm along with the Laowa 24mm f/14 probe lens to record the swirling vortex of liquid metal.
But that’s not all they did. They busted out a bunch of Titan Tube LED lights, and wrapped the blender in a colour wheel of vibrance that produces some pretty amazing psychedelic results. Even with white light, when everything’s spinning around at a few thousand frames per second it looked pretty trippy, but the coloured LEDs really take things to the next level!