Matchstick Rockets Captured at 2,500 fps Look Like Tiny ICBMs

If you’ve never wrapped aluminum foil around a match to turn it into a miniature rocket you’re missing out on a really great childhood experience. The one thing most of us didn’t have as kids was access to a high-speed video camera, but thankfully the Slow Mo Guys do, and they filmed this tiny launch at 2,500 FPS. »4/07/15 12:45pm

Slomo: Why You See a Retired Doctor Skating Around San Diego Every Day

If you visit Pacific Beach in San Diego, you might spy an older dude skating in slow motion along the boardwalk. Known as "Slomo," man's been mistaken for many things through the years—homeless, insane, etc.—but he's actually there very much on purpose. This short New York Times doc is his strange, inspiring story. »4/01/14 9:00pm

A Hawk Attacking a Balloon In Slo-Mo Is a Graceful Murderous Ballet

There's no denying that everything looks cooler in slow motion, but birds of prey on the hunt are particularly mesmerizing through the lens of a high-speed camera. This Goshawk is being lured into attacking a water balloon baited with a piece of meat, and its mid-air maneuvers make even our most advanced fighter… »3/05/14 10:00am

Match Heads Igniting at 4,000 FPS Look Like Dying Alien Worlds

It's usually over in an instant, but when you capture macro footage of a match head igniting at 4,000 frames per second, suddenly that almost instantaneous event becomes a fascinating look into the science of fire and ignition. And believe it or not, YouTuber UltraSlo had to throw an additional 2,000 watts of light on… »1/20/14 6:00pm

Incredible Footage From a Time When Film Ruled High-Speed Photography

Digital cameras and high-speed photography go hand in hand today, with many models letting you easily adjust the frame rate to capture your own high-speed footage. But believe it or not, high-speed digital cameras are actually a relatively new technology. Up until recently this was another area of photography where … »8/20/13 12:40pm

High Speed Footage Reveals an AK-47 Works Even Better Under Water

The AK-47 can be considered the Timex watch of the gun world. It takes a licking, and keeps on ticking, except that by ticking we of course mean firing round after round of ammunition. The automatic machine gun is based on a gas recoil system that uses the hot expanding gases of a bullet being fired to automatically… »6/24/13 10:36am

Slo-Mo Lightning Footage Is Why High Speed Cameras Were Invented

The odds of capturing a lightning bolt on a high-speed camera in the wild are probably pretty similar to getting hit yourself—slim to nil. So to vastly improve their chances, the slo-mo team at BBC Earth Productions visited the Morgan-Botti Lightning Lab in England where the electrifying bolts are produced every day. »6/07/13 10:39am