Watching a match head ignite at 4,000 FPS is mesmerizing

By Shawn Knight
Jan 22, 2014
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  1. It’s amazing just how different everyday tasks look when filmed in super slow motion and what secrets they may hide. For example, did you know an outstretched slinky hanging vertically seems to defy gravity when released and only “falls” once...

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,335

    This is actually pretty dramatic if you play O Fortuna in the background while it burns.
    m4a4 and 9Nails like this.
  3. Too fast for me
  4. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Booster Posts: 143

    Not good for my Trypophobia

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 810   +102

    Looks pretty nasty lol
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,034

    Could be good therapy for recovering arsonists and pyromaniacs.
  7. Thanks a lot. I went and googled images of trypophobia and now I think I have it as well.
  8. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    That was gross. Fascinating, but gross.
  9. EClyde

    EClyde TS Guru Posts: 705   +180

    Boring...would be better if Capt. Kangaroo shut up
  10. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,315   +133

    yea...why was this an article in Techspot again? No offense Techspot... lol
    EClyde likes this.
  11. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 816   +231

    Anything is dramatic in slow motion with O Fortuna playing.
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,335

    Not grass. Not stalactite. Not stellar drift. Not an orchestra playing O Fortuna at half tempo.
  13. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,315   +133

    Dont dare ever play O Fortuna while O Fortuna is playing... for nobody can handle that level of drama.
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  14. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    It's like something from a James Cameron film :p
  15. WTF? Whose head is that?
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,673   +1,874

    Indeed! Pump them full of LSD and make them watch it hour after hour, a la "Alex", in, "A Clockwork Orange".

    Should it turn out that it excites them too much, you can always resort to the old, "jumper cables on the genitals"....

    (I think we can all breath a sigh of relief, knowing that I'm not in charge).
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  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,034

    You could put your theory across to the powers that be, that way, if they agree with your **ahem** therapy, they'll make you the boss.
  18. pmshah

    pmshah TS Rookie Posts: 95

    Should it not be "shot at 4000 fps and viewed at 24 fps" ?
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,673   +1,874

    Technically, I suppose it could be. But, YouTube supports many formats. Not having directly visited the page in question, I couldn't say what formats were available. So, it could also be Shot @4000fps, and viewed as, 24 fps, 29.97 fps, or 60 fps, in a variety of resolutions.

    Just thought I'd let you know I can play this game too...;)

    In the current, real world, though, I believe everybody who is even a little bit video savvy, realizes that slo-mo is done by speeding up the recording camera, and playing back at normal speed, at least in the commercial entertainment setting. What people do in labs when analyzing slow motion captures, could actually be on a frame by frame basis.

    And, 4000fps, isn't particularly fast. A quick web search shows the availability of cameras that can hit 250,000 fps!

    Here's a "Kickstarter" project, allegedly shipping this year: It's a "bargain" too, coming in at slightly under five grand....:eek:
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014

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