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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.


  • Nathan Letwory

    Nice... I guess. I can view it from Finland. Not sure why this is on here :)


  • Terence

    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.

  • Glen Moyes

    The show is great for special effects reference too. I especially liked it when they showed an oil fire igniting.

  • RandyAndy

    Can't view it in South Africa....

  • TObi

    Works from Vienna International Airport... great way to spend the time waiting for boarding to begin ;)

  • RandyAndy

    Seems to work only on the interactive page though.....

  • YoYoFargo

    A fellow yoyoer was on it, John Higby.

  • tyrant monkey

    @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.

  • oxigen

    Indeed useful post! For those who can't watch evil Discovery videos, here's an alternative with tons of high speed videos:

  • Haunt_House

    Maybe Blendernation could use a new category called '3D reference material' ? Just a suggestion.



  • Olaf

    And what exactly is the relevance to Blender?

  • jlh

    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.

  • Laxy

    I've worked with a camera known as The Phantom, we were using it at 2000x2000px resolution at 1000fps but at a reduced resolution it can do many many times more.

  • MrE

    :D The balloon in the face is a really good study for facial behaviour.

  • marijn

    it works in the Netherlands (Holland).

  • Born

    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!

  • banor

    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.

  • Eelko Gielis

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

  • Midian

    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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