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The camera can take 250 pictures a second. Film yourself and play it back to see reverse and slow motion footage.

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How we create video's is pretty simple - you take a bunch of pictures, for example, 60 pictures a second, and then play them back again to watch your video. The principles behind slow motion video follow very naturally; what if we take 120 pictures in a second, and then play them back, but at the same rate of 60 pictures shown a second? Well then the footage will appear twice as slow!

Humming birds and slow motion

Until recently it was impossible to see humming bird wings in flight as the can beat over 80 times a second. Using cameras capable of taking hundreds of images a second, we can now see how hummingbird wings change shape as they beat. This knowledge is being used in new technologies.

Super slow

Slow motion video has developed rapidly in recent years, starting in 1878 when Eadweard Muybridge tried to find out if a horses legs ever leave the ground completely while running - you can see this video on our Animate It exhibit! Since then, cameras have been able to produce exponentially slower and slower video, recently scientists in Japan created a camera that can take over 4 trillion frames in just 1 second! That turns 1 second of recording time into over 2000 years of footage! This has been super useful for science! Below we have a video from MIT, showing us light photons moving.

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Look Closer

Welcome to Look Closer, Techniquest's brand new digital tool. We're trialling Look Closer as a way of offering you a closer look at the science demonstrated by many of our exhibits. You'll find visitor sheets, videos, articles on contemporary science as well as fun trails to navigate your way around the exhibition space.

Speak to our Science Communicators to find out more.