Say What?

While watching the Olympics, specifically the gymnastics events, they keep announcing that they are showing replays in “High Speed Super Slow Motion”.

How on earth is it high speed and super slow motion at the same time? Huh?

I’ve just wondered that every time I hear it.

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5 replies on “Say What?”

They use a LOT more frames per second so that it can capture the detail. Usually when you watch something in slow motion, say on a DVD, you just see a series of pictures, each different than the one before it. But if they double, triple or quadruple the amount of frames per second, they can smooth it out. I don’t know that “high speed super slow motion” is the real name for it, though 😉

Put another way… High speed refers to the camera (it takes pictures/frames much faster than a normal one); slow motion refers to the end result of playing those frames back at normal speed.

How about this (in self-congratulatory, know-it-all tone): “Even the judges might have missed this one, but you’ll be able to see what I detected with the naked eye…as we replay it with ‘The Matrix-Cam’.”

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