A parallel Worlds

Sunday August 30 2009 / Science & Technology

It is all to easy to forget when watching films or TV that the motion we are seeing is, in reality, a series of still photographs.

The number of images per second, or frame rate, of standard TV and film varies between 24 and 60 images per second. And that is fine in most cases, but in sports, the fast motion of the subject can result is a noticeable jump between their position from one frame to the next and this is especially noticeable when the action is slowed down and we are seeing much fewer frames per second.

As a result, slow motion photography is shot with high-speed (high frame rate) cameras and the present king of high-speed cameras is the I-Movix SprintCam V3 HD, which can shoot at an incredible 2,500 frames/second in HD. (I-Movix also has an 8000 frames/second model used in the Olympics).

The above video is the first SprintCam v3 showreel, which was made for the NAB 2009 exhibition. It was shot mainly at 1000 frames per second (FPS) at a rubgy competition in the Stade de France, Paris.  Click to view in full high-definition.

The SprintCam system has been instrumental in providing some of the most arresting slow-motion footage from recent broadcasting events, including the Beijing Summer Games in 2008, at which SprintCam was the official ultra-slow-motion solution. SprintCam V3 HD features a combination of exceptional image quality and light sensitivity, instant replay, broadcast integration and out-of-the-box operation with no requirement for special training.

Bouncing jelly has never looked so good!

Suggested by
Guillaume Schmitz