Lightning Strike at 103,000 FPS

Lightning Strike at 103,000 FPS

( music playing )Ooh, that was
a long flight. 17 and a half hour
flight. – I’ll tell you it was worth it,
– Definitely worth it. We’re on top of the Marina Bay
Sands hotel in Singapore. Believe it or not,
we’re not just here
on holiday, we’re actually working
very hard. ‘Cause it has one
of the highest rates
of lightning strikes in the world. And it’s currently in November
at the time we’re recording
this. Which is the most active month
for lightning strikes. It should be a very interesting
subject to film. I’ve never filmed
lightning. It’s incredibly fast,
incredibly unpredictable. Also very dangerous.
Which makes you wonder
why we’re on the roof. Yeah, well, thankfully,
there’s no storm in currently, but why don’t we set up
the Phantom in a nice,
safe location and wait for a storm
to roll in. – In a bit.
– In a bit. Ah!( music playing )Here we are in a hotel room looking out
at the Singapore skyline. Today, we’re using
a Phantom v2512. We often use the 2511, but this has much more
internal memory. 288 gigs. And we can usually record what,
like four seconds with the– – Two seconds.
– Two seconds. This will record almost eight
at 28,500 frames a second, but we’re gonna be running
this slightly differently
to how we usually shoot. In that, I’m gonna firstly
partition the round
into multiple segments. And I’m also gonna use a feature
called Image Based Auto-Trigger. What do you know
about it? It sounds like ’cause it’s automatically
triggering it that you’re out of a job. ( laughs )
Well, sort of. Let me run you
through it. So the first thing
I’m gonna do is we typically only use one
partition in the memory. We can record
for the whole thing. This capacity allows us
to record for almost
eight seconds. And because of the duration
of a lightning strike
you don’t need eight seconds. So essentially
more beneficial if we say get eight
different partitions. Giving us a round a second
for each capture. So what I’ve done is
I’ve set this little area,
this little box. – See the red box?
– Yeah. And then I can set how often it
checks and the sensitivity of how big the pixel
change has to be for it to register
a trigger. And then I can position this box
wherever, so I gonna point it in the sky. That way anything down here,
you know, people taking pictures or anything like that
shouldn’t affect it. But if lightning comes down
through the top it should trigger
the camera, automatically save that point
nine seconds into the mag, and just immediately
go again. So you’re saying that if it sees
lightning it’ll save it – for you.
– Yeah. And now in theory,
if I change– if I mimic some
lightning here… – Yeah.
– What it’d do? Immediately triggered
and then stopped
and it’s recording again. It went in a solid circle
and then it started
recording again. So it went one and then
when I turned it off
it went another one. And you can see now
it’s immediately recording
into the mag. Oh, yeah. So–
‘Cause it was so quick. When you did it
it went two, three like that. – Yeah.
– It was immediate. Wow. So this is pretty much
set up now. So now what we need to do is
wait for it to become nighttime or wait a lightning strike and it should capture
and save automatically until it’s completely full. So now we just wait. But wait if it does
everything automatically, should we…
should we just– Pub? – Pub.
– Pub.( music playing )( thunder roaring ) Go! Go! Go!
My God. – ( laughs )
– Watch out, watch out. We’re on the wrong side
of the hotel. Gonna miss all
the lightning. My shorts are falling down. Gotta be striking
on the Bay side. The oceans have got nothing
on this end. ( indistinct chatter ) – We’re the opposite.
– We were so well set up in
there. – Go ahead.
– Ooh, ow! Sorry. All right. This is good. There’s no glass
over here. ( thunder roaring ) ( lightning crackling )( music playing )– Oh, wow!
– The whole sky lit. Throughout the whole ocean. It just knows
lightning might be there and so I can always focus. Yeah, it’s lightning. ( laughs ) Yeah. Dan: Oh, wow! Wow. Well, that was some absolutely
beautiful footage. I’m so relieved
we got it. I’m just so relieved
we actually had
a lightning storm. ‘Cause imagine coming
all the way to Singapore
for no reason. – That would suck.
– That would’ve been the worst. I also have a massively
newfound respect
for lightning. I mean, I knew
it was dangerous, right, but it made those ships
look like little toys – in like a bathtub.
It was incredible.
– It was so scary. I was so fascinated
to see the difference in speed between all the feeler forks – compared to the big,
bright strike.
– Yeah. Absolutely insane. Completely blew it out,
didn’t it? Oh, that was a really fun
video to make. Hopefully,
you enjoyed it. Feel free to subscribe.
Check out part two where we’re gonna learn
more about lightning and Dan’s gonna
get shocked. – What?
– What?

100 thoughts on “Lightning Strike at 103,000 FPS

  1. you guys are great i love your videos i been watching you 2 for years,you should revisit your first video when you put a lighter on a dusposable bbq

  2. My instant hometown doesn't experience lots of lightning strike. Too many lightning strike. Nonsense for deserts. Europeans throw a dissent about that.

  3. Why November in Singapore? Lightning strikes shoulda been most abundant and most frequently amidst springtime/summertime.

  4. whats the red flare, in some of the shots its a red lightning strike usually opposite side of the big bolt in frame? sorry if im asking a dumb one

  5. 4:00
    BREAKING NEWS: two men have broken into a mans hotel room to film lightning unfortunately police have been stopped due severe weather

  6. I saw the lightning but I'd like to see the brighter faster moving light in slow mo aswell still really cool though.

  7. You should come to Florida to get a slow mo of a Florida storm. Especially right now, since we have a hurricane coming and that would be really cool to see in slo mo.

  8. ok so i just want to ask, on 7:17 what is that red bolt of lightning? its the only thing i can focus on, someone give me an explanation

  9. there must be a way that a filter could be inserted digitally at the end of the finger traveling right before the main bolt so we could view both the fingers and the bolt. the fingers seem to take around the same time before the main bolt so maybe a sensor to start recording and a certain fraction of a second after recording begins, a filter is inserted then retracted?

    has anyone already done this?

  10. Great post! Watch my new compilation of slow motion videos

    I also created and played all the music for this video!

  11. I understand that lightning (the flash) is roughly 186,000 miles/s but what about the strike (bolt); the one that hits the surface? How fast is it?

  12. Fun electrical fact, the "feelers" are finding a negative electron on the ground, but the lightning that forms from the "feeler" actually comes from the ground as shooting negative electrons reaching to the positive electrons in the clouds.

  13. Sadly, that camera probably costs as much as a small house. I might buy the GoPro Hero 7 Black as you can sometimes catch the slower positive polarity streamers with 240 fps. Negative polarity streamers like the ones seen here are still way too fast even at 240 fps.

  14. guys i hope the slow mo guys read thi comment.

    send a little rocket bound with a little and not heavy copper wire into clouds, and stay away from them when the lightining strike , couse you should be record them

  15. Its like a backwards fireworks

    They get seperated when falling then merges before they fall into the ground

  16. I've always heard that a lighting strike has feelers before the actual bolt. It was very cool to actually see them here. I used to take photos of lightning on my Canon DSLR. I would set it on bulb setting and use my remote trigger. Set the aperture to F/22 and ISO down to 100 and I could leave the shutter open for quite some time. Could capture numerous lightning strikes on 1 shot. But this slo-mo stuff is great. Cheers to you guys. Looks fun

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