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I received a link from someone at the BBC last night and thought I would pass it along to everyone. The footage is absolutely stunning and really does it’s job wonderfully! It is absolutely beautiful, amazingly well shot and very enjoyable. Thanks to the BBC for releasing this fantastic collection of clips! This is a great resource for anyone who enjoys nature’s beauty or is studying the mechanics of animals.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/collections/p00bf3g7

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Pardon the recent mess…

I had been lax in updating my Wordpress and as such was subjected to an attack on the site. I apologize for the mess. I think I have it cleaned up. Speaking of cleaning up, I have to find a carpet cleaning company. However, on the off chance that I have missed something please know that I do not support anyone not listed in our link categories. Again, I apologize for the horrid spam. Though, props to the spammers, they were creative in their editing of the posts. Though it does once again reinforce my disdain for spam.

In other news, the site is effectively dead. It remains here for posterity (and will remain so for the foreseeable future) and if given the opportunity (i.e. a camera that I have no hope of ever being able to afford) it will be resurrected.

For those who have contacted me regarding contract filming; I am still actively taking contract filming jobs for slow motion elements. So please, feel free to contact me should you have a need for some special cinematography.

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At the present time we are completely and totally stocked with clips that have already been, in some form or another, posted. What this means precisely is that we are out of clips for the posting at the moment. I am in the process of scrambling to find another camera with which to film. Keep your RSS feeds running and hopefully in the next period of undetermined time there will be some more clips This should have been posted Sunday, but I was busy with something not entirely but almost completely unrelated to this site, namely helping my wife prepare for her trip to Korea. Hopefully things will be back up and running in jig time. I’ll post as soon as I have anything and if I happen to find anything interesting out there related to high-speed cameras I’ll happily post it. Now would be an excellent time to reminisce by perusing the hundred or so other clips that have already been posted. There really are a few neat ones there, ones that might even bear watching more than once, most especially if you happen to be new to the site and haven’t seen them yet. I'm currently enrolled in Medical Billing/Coding School and will be away for a bit

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    Today we take a look at another water splash caused by compressed air.

    Materials
    Water, pan, air can.

    Observations
    I think this one may be my favorite of this series. I especially like the big vapor bubble that forms in the back, camera left. The globules of water floating through air look neat too. The pattern of the splash is so unlike a normal splash in these instances.

Manufacturer SVSi
Model GigaView
Distributor SVSi, Bob Sharp
Frames Per Second 946 fps
Shutter Speed 501us
Full Resolution 720×576
Clip Length 0′22″
Original Duration 1.41s
Lens Nikkor 50mm f1.4
F/Stop f1.4
Focal Length Inf
ISO Speed Default
White Balance Auto
Lighting Rig 3:15pm sunlight. Full Resolution Download: Coming Soon…
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Burning bulb…again.

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    Today we have another shot of a light bulb burning itself out and the smoke exiting from a small hole.

    Materials
    60watt Black light bulb.

    Procedure
    Create a hole in the bulb. I used a dremel tool to take care of that.

    Result
    The filament heats up and then proceeds to produce a thick (pleasant looking) smoke before burning out.

    Observations
    I like this one because you get to see the smoke contained by a barrier, while at the same time you get to see a limited amount escape and curl around the barrier. The smoke is also rather pretty in and of itself.

    Additional notes
    If it looks like I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel for my clips, it would be because I am. I am currently in-between cameras so I’m searching through things I’ve not posted in the past because I had better clips to post. Hopefully this situation will change in the near future.

Manufacturer SVSi
Model GigaView
Distributor SVSi, Bob Sharp
Frames Per Second 946 fps
Shutter Speed 501us
Full Resolution 720×576
Clip Length 0′53″
Lens Nikkor 50mm f1.4
F/Stop f4
Focal Length 0.6m
ISO Speed Default
White Balance Auto
Lighting Rig None aside from the bulb itself Full Resolution Download: Coming Soon…
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    This is another shot of Matt Deal (of Matt Deal Farms fame) jumping off of a deck into a pond.

    Materials
    A dock and a pond.

    Procedure
    Instruct a man to jump off a dock. It is quite amazing what one can get people to do if one has a camera. People seem to feel quite natural and somewhat fearless in front a camera. I can’t explain it, though it would be interesting to listen to someone who can. Perhaps one of our readers is a psychologist and can illuminate this for us.

    Observations
    This shot is another great look at the muscles of a well toned person. The subject in question has over years of farming toned his body up quite completely. Makes for an excellent video subject for a study in bio-mechanics. I plan on subject Matt to many more indignities over the years for your viewing pleasure. Next time I think I’ll make him take a few swings with a bat at a small, round moving object. Again, the splash is wonderful as usual. The light catches it all nicely. Poor Matt in this shot was unaware that the pond was only a few feet deep, much to his surprise. Sadly I don’t have enough disk space to export the entire clip (yes I filled up yet another hard drive, over 1TB of data now!) but I still have the original so when my new drive shows up I’ll re-export this shot and do a close up on his rather surprised face. It is quite amusing.

Manufacturer SVSi
Model GigaView
Distributor SVSi, Bob Sharp
Frames Per Second 532 fps
Shutter Speed 1/5000th
Full Resolution 1280×1024
Clip Length 0′30″
Lens Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
F/Stop f2.0
Focal Length 4m
ISO Speed Default
White Balance Auto
Lighting Rig 5:30pm Sunlight. Full Resolution Download: Coming Soon…
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    Today we take a closer look at a video we posted a while ago. In this video we have pushed in to put you right at the center of the explosion. There is enough detail to actually watch the vectors of the fluid movement.

    Materials
    We can skip this, if you don’t know how to make this already, you don’t need to be making it.

    Procedure
    Detonate using electronic detonation.

    Result
    This is a crop of the previous video found here. This puts you right in the center of the raging fireball. You can see the movement of the fireball fairly clearly in this video. It is interesting to note how the flames move and evolve. At speeds like this you really get a chance to see things that are ordinarily invisible to the eye, the motion and formation of the fireball being one of those things.

Manufacturer SVSi
Model GigaView
Distributor SVSi, Bob Sharp
Frames Per Second 946 fps
Shutter Speed 1/20,000th
Full Resolution 720×560
Clip Length 0′29″
Lens Minolta 25mm f2.8
F/Stop f4
Focal Length 3m
ISO Speed Default
White Balance Auto
Lighting Rig 5pm sunlight (not that it mattered at this shutter speed) Full Resolution Download: Coming Soon…
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