The Phantom line of ultra-high-speed video cameras have held PopSci's rapt attention even before the v12 model won our Best of What's New Award in 2008. So what better way to celebrate our nation's independence than aiming a Phantom v641 from New Jersey's Vision Research at all manner of explosives, resulting in high-definition footage of fireworks going off at a glorious 2,000 frames per second?
Not so much the celestial dazzling burst kind of fireworks -- you'll get plenty of those this weekend regardless -- but a serious investigation of what exactly happens when you stick firecrackers in, for instance, a jar of mayonnaise. The Phantom, which is typically used for everything from super slow-motion sports instant replays to manufacturing processes to military flight tests, captures it all in scintillating, elegant slow motion.
Stay tuned for our in-depth look at the workings of the Phantom camera and much more high-speed video in the coming weeks. But for now, let's explode some Jell-O. Happy Fourth of July!
Video edited by Nate DeYoung
And by popular demand, some unedited clips of our favorite explosions:
The Mayo Bomb
Black Cat + Egg
Lazy editing, and stop deleting my comment just because you don't like it. This was a shabby video with poor quality sound editing, I expected more from Popsci.
the video is meant to showcase the feature of the camera... which i believe it did. if you can do better, let's see it! ;)
I think this video is awesome. Wish I could afford that camera. I've been taking my own slow-mo films of fireworks with my Casio EX-F1: www.youtube.com/user/SlowMoBoom
I have to agree with Casus the video is bad why dont they show the whole explosion instead of 4 second clips?
deleting comments isnt cool
I could also do with less than 50 shots of the breakdancing firework
Nothing screams patriotism like a giant glop of mayonnaise exploding out of the jar. Im stoked to light some fireworks off this weekend!
I agree, not a the greatest showcase for what the camera could do. I really wished that they had slowed some of the coolest stuff down, and set things up a bit better. Looks like a 14 year old kid got a hold of a really nice slow mo camera.
This was so fun to watch! I'd love to see a sequel with rainbow jello or marbled pudding.
Nothing more un-American than trolling the comments for nitpicks here. May the Fourth of July gods frown upon you.
The negative comments are probably from those who patronize Gawker.com with regularity.
Never have I seen a collection of more miserable folks who love to spew hate from the anonymity of their keyboards.
I almost feel sorry for them.
I wanted to see more
Pretty wimpy fireworks...why nothing bigger than squibs?
Wow... That's a fairly amazing bit of kit!
Not sure why the gimps at the start of this thread were moaning about the video though, looked pretty darn good to me. Perhaps they were using up too much of their bandwidth surfing dog porn to enable the video to stream properly?
i believe the unsatisfied viewers were talking about how the music wasn't always synchronized with the visuals, even tough there was an attempt to do so.
I also am not happy comments were deleted.
I too was disappointed by what the video showed. I'm not sure if that is because the camera is not capable or because the people running the camera didn't know how to use it properly or because the editors did a crummy job.
I totally agree with your assessment.
It looks like all three of your possibilities.
Many editors have the attention span of infants.
They should only be tasked with magazine layout
and not to produce worthwhile content.
Hopefully, next time, they will give the job to
a qualified contributor to present something educational.
After all, that's why many (most?) of us subscribe.
The tech is great. Editing could have been better. Blowing up food while millions around the world go to bed hungry every night ... totally insensitive.
Great article that barely touches a commercial/military technology that really came to life with the dawn of the "Atomic Age". Electronics are the hot item now, but still not the best for "Extreme" High Speed Photography! Check out the website www.Cordin.com for a declassified peek into a world where they have actually captured a burst of light in flight. Now that's FAST!
That video was disgusting.
Why not blow up sand or some other natural object? It looks like it was an exceedingly low budget operation.
Sorry to say I was pretty disappointed myself as I watched the videos (before I read all these comments). Maybe next time you could hook up with some professional fireworks folks and really make some cool videos. :)
Lame. And how good of an example is it to set off one of these in your hand without wearing gloves? That hand was left with scorch marks. Should have edited the music to coincide with the explosions.
And yes I know it's a dummy hand, it's just irresponsible to show it that way.
Orange8Lightning@aol.com Sometimes it's better to take it slow...
I don't mind the hand, it looks scary enough not to try this at home.
Everyone's a critic. If you can do better, do it.