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Time Warp

The Discovery Channel has an interesting program called Time Warp where they film various actions like a balloon popping, cracking a bullwhip or a whip on flames, non-Newtonian fluid, a boxing blow to the head and stomach and many more, all recorded at 1,000 FPS.

There is also an interactive page where you move your mouse along the video screen to control the video playback. Reverse forward. These are nice for studying movement for animation; things you would never notice with a regular video shot at 30FPS are picked up at 1,000 FPS . It was interesting to see a stomach being hit by a fist in a boxing glove and all of the various stages of the reaction.

This is produced in the U.S so I don't know for certain if there are any viewing restrictions on it for viewing outside of the U.S. If it is restricted and you find a work around, please be sure to share you links in the comments.


  1. My kids love the show. There is some fascinating stuff you can learn from it. I never thought about studying it for animation, however. Great idea.

  2. @RandyAndy that shows plays on discovery if you got DSTV just check when it plays, I saw some ads of it but, I can't remember when the said it played and I haven't actually watched it.

  3. This is quite cool but nothing new at all. You can find tons of these on youtube for example. What would amaze me a lot more, is 10x this FPS with 10x this resolution. These high FPS cameras with low resolution have existed for years now... I'd expect better ones by now.

  4. Hey, these are great resources for studying motion!.... Thanks, Tim, and others, for posting links... my animation skills have already improved from just two quick viewings, albeit theoretically speaking; now I have to try and put things into practice!

    Thanks again!

  5. Some pretty cool videos... I like the popcorn popping, wall jump, diving flip, and samurai sword. ;) This could be useful to examine an action at slow speed, to know how to animate it.

  6. The use for Blender is for getting great results in animating objects, and the reactions/movements of an object that's hit.

  7. 3d graphics, for the most part, are about conveying things as realistically as possible, and this show helps to show the intracacies of actions and reactions you wouldn't normally see. It's a fantastic study of how things work and is a great reference for 3d artists and animators. I record every episode to my DVR for this purpose. I still find the multiple water droplets collision frozen in time to be fantastic.

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