Shooting at 1000 Frames Per Second

High speed dog treats: in the air, left, and in the mouth, right(see it in his mouth?).

High speed dog treats: in the air, left, and in the mouth, right(see it in his mouth?).

I have a couple of Canon EOS 1-D Mark IIn cameras that shoot about 8 frames a second. Great sports cameras. I have a Canon XH-A1 HDV video camera that I shoot at 30 frames a second. But what if you could shoot at a THOUSAND frames a second?

This is what is possible with the incredible Phantom series of digital video cameras. Yep, 1000 frames.

The cool part comes when you put those thousand frames down into a standard video editing timeline, normally for me displaying 30 frames per second. The thousand frames must get crammed into the 30 frame matrix, in effect now running at about 33 times slower than originally shot: the ultimate ‘Slo Mo.’ This is very, very cool simply as a viewing experience, since it allows us to see the world in a new way—that is, a way we’ve never before been able to see it.

This dog food commercial was shot with a Phantom camera, and the results are stunning, as much from the clean and elegant shot editing as from the technical way in which it was achieved.

See what you think!

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  1. David Joachim says:

    Beautiful video, Andrew. What a great way to settle close calls in sports.
    Shortly after college, I interviewed for a job with The Corps of Engineers’ Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, MS in 1971. I was shown 16mm films of exploding dams, photographed by Millican high speed cameras shooting at several hundred frames per second. I asked how a cameraman could deal with dam explosions and the high pitched, ultra fast cameras. “Oh, the cameras are operated by remote control,” the interviewer assured me. “Every now and then they jam, and when they jam at that speed, they blow up, too.” My how technology has changed.
    David Joachim

  2. This reminds me a lot of the 2006 video for Vitalic’s “Poney Pt.1”

  3. Andrew, thank you for sharing this article. I visited the website and looked at some of the video examples they have there. Simply amazing.

  4. Andrew says:

    Is this maybe the way a hummingbird sees? I like the aspect of altered reality here: this stuff happens all day long, we just can’t usually see it…

  5. Hey, great catch! I hadn’t seen that piece. This one does look derivative…or at least the inspiration for it, no?

  6. Actually, after seeing this, I cross referenced the two videos in Google, and apparently this comparison has been a bit controversial already. No real word from either party (that I’ve read) but I didn’t check every link, so maybe they’ve addressed the similarity yet? They’re both well executed, to be sure, but that suspicion of derivative work ever nags….

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