Thanks to the readily accessible digital capabilities of creating video, some special effects have been made to the average person that were only available to production companies a decade ago. One of those is the ability to slow down a video in perfect clarity so it gives the feel of the slow motion effects we saw in “The Matrix” movies of old. Having this more readily available has opened a wide palette of video experiments that we’re starting to see all over the net. And it’s making slow motion video becoming one of the most popular videoing trends around the globe.
Just what is slow motion video revealing to us that’s making it so mesmerizing to watch? When applied to people and objects, it’s actually becoming an interesting lesson in physics. At the same time, it’s also creating some of the funniest videos you’ll find on places like YouTube.
Slow Motion on Notable People
We’ve already seen how new and improved slow motion video can work on notable people making speeches or talking into the camera. Toward the end of George W. Bush’s Presidency, some of the late night shows displayed this new slo-mo capability by showing the former President’s speeches slowed down by half. This, of course, gave the illusion that Bush was excessively high or monumentally drunk. Based on his background, this became immediately hilarious and went viral, though it wasn’t used regularly perhaps out of request of the White House.
Once President Obama became President, he became the next notable person to have his speeches slowed down. The same hilarious effect was seen, and proved that the hi-definition slow motion techniques of today could make anybody appear that they’re drunk or stoned out of their gourd.
One of the most recent ones in this department, and arguably one of the funniest ever, is a video of astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson telling about the story of Isaac Newton at half the speed. It’s almost eerie how convincingly stoned he acts and talks when there isn’t a sign of it when played at full speed.
As much comedic value as these slo-mo vids of people are giving us, it’s providing a lot of insight into the expressions, gestures, and uses of words we use that we don’t notice when watching in real time. Even Tyson himself said that it was fun to see himself converse at a reduced speed of light.
Slow-Motion Videos at Weddings
One of the latest trends in slow-motion video trends is using the same process during weddings. Some companies are setting up slow-motion video booths that allow attendees to goof around in front of a screen and then see it played back in half the speed. As you see in some of the samples available on Huffington Post, you have a chance to see just how much gravity can affect human beings when being punched or poked at. The slow motion movement of our facial muscles from those actions is both hilariously shocking and insightful into how different our world looks when slowed down.
Before long, everyone may be doing this at weddings to give more insight into the human condition than still photography can. This obviously won’t do away with still photography, and just creates an adjunct to show more perspective to reality.
The good news is that these slow-motion effects will probably become more ubiquitous thanks to being a regular feature on things like the iPhone 5S. You can even find slow-motion collections online that show off what the iPhone can give you, plus other video cams providing the same thing.
If slow-motion video gives us insight into the things we didn’t notice, don’t be surprised if we also get into making videos slightly sped up to give more comedic insight into our quirks. Only then will we be able to figure out who we really are when we interact in the real world and how physics helps shape those things as they happen.