Shattering glass is one of the classic subjects to film in slow motion. But with their recent video, Gavin of the Slow Mo Guys takes it to the extreme. He plays “a wine glass’s least favorite sound,” cranks up the volume until the glass shatters, and films it all at the staggering 187,500fps.
If there’s one thing the Slow Mo Guys know, it’s… well, slow mo. The clue’s kind of in the name. They produce some of the best slow-motion video in the world because it’s what they specialise in. They live it and breath it. In this video, half of the Slow Mo Guys, specifically Gavin Free, walks us through his editing process and his sound design workflow.
While it might be obvious to some, most of the sounds in their videos aren’t actually what the camera is recording (because it’s usually not even recording audio). Sometimes it is, but certainly not slowed down as much as the video is. Often, though, it’s usually a collection of random other sound effects that just feel right for the mood Gavin wants.
Every new Slow Mo Guys video just makes me go “wow!”. Seething every day things shot at tens or hundreds of thousand frames per second and then massively slowed down just reveals such amazing things. It might be something incredibly beautiful, or funny, or just plain fascinating to watch.
One thing they get asked about regularly, though, is to film light itself. A seemingly impossible task, but now they’ve done it, using a camera that shoots at an extremely crazy 10,000,000,000,000 frames per second.
We’re used to seeing The Slow Mo Guys impress us with some pretty amazing things. They make even the mundane look amazing, and show us things in completely new ways. This, though, has to be one of their most beautiful videos ever.
Back in 2014, they exploded a car airbag at 2500fps and it looked very cool. Recently, though, they decided to up the ante with 25 of the things. Not only that, they turned each one into an incredible powder paint cannon. With each going off in sequence, it produces the most spectacular rainbow cloud flying through the air.
What do you do when you have Phantom cameras capable of capturing 4K video at upwards of 1,000 and 2,500 frames per second? Why, you use them to film even the most unusual and mundane things to show how life slowed down can make for beautiful imagery.
That’s exactly what The Slow Mo Guys Dan Gruchy and Gavin Free do. And for their latest video, they show what it looks like when you spin a drill bit at full speed while a rainbow gradient of paint is attached. As you can imagine, the results are incredible.[Read More…]