One of the features of our new Sony FS700 is high-speed videography; it’s able to shoot video up to 960 frames per second. When these frames are played back at the standard rate of 30 fps, any movements that were recorded take place much more slowly. This technique is so appealing because it is able to reveal a secret nature of movement that is unappreciated by the naked eye.
A slow-motion camera is to time as a microscope is to space; just as a microscope expands distances to reveal the unseen, a slow-motion camera can expand time to reveal what otherwise would not be known. On the other hand, a time-lapse camera is to time as telescopy is to space—just as a telescope compresses distances and brings us closer to the stars, a time-lapse camera compresses time, and provides an otherwise unknowable experience.
A few days ago we decided to hook up with our buddy Kent Willard and do a little time microscopy, testing out this new camera by diving deep into microseconds to look at unseen elements of movement.