High-speed camera shooting FROM a train


39 Responses to “High-speed camera shooting FROM a train”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Low-speed camera shooting FROM a train:


  2. Raleighs says:

    Get some dark sunglasses and look through one of the lens with the left eye.
    Then watch the video.

  3. Anonymous says:

    When the video started, I thought, “hey, that looks like the station at Bath.” (a place I’ve only been once). I was quite gratified to see that I was right :-D

    But um…. yes, cool thing.

  4. marcmywords says:

    This is the closest I’ll ever come to feeling like the Flash. Gives a hint of how intoxicating it would be to have that kind of speed.

  5. Anonymous says:

    OMG, Einstein’s train!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Speaking as an American, I have to say this is stunning. Not the film actually, but- people travel by train?

  7. youdiejoe says:

    I made a very similar video instead of a train, I was in a car:


  8. Anonymous says:

    great,saw it stoned,it matched.

  9. Purplecat says:

    Bath Spa. This is Bath Spa.

    This was my station as well for a while, so I know it well. The vending machine that never works, the overpriced café, the strangely shaped sushi-bar that they put in a few years ago, and the regular travellers who know the exact square metre of platform to stand in to be in front of one of the doors.

  10. show me says:

    The effect is something like a mundane bullet-time, where the world has stopped so that no one can do anything much of anything.

    Cory, I will volunteer to be your editor if you like. Free as in beer. Free beer would be nice too.

  11. Znaps says:

    I just love the old-timey scales. Takes me way back.

    Also, the station pub is called Pumpkin!

    • Anonymous says:

      “Pumpkin” is not a station pub, as such: it’s a chain of mediocre snack/coffee shops that infest various parts of the rail network. There’s one just the same at Crewe, for instance.

  12. Maclaine says:

    This reminds me very much of one of Spike Jonze’s early videos for a band called Wax.


  13. Narmitaj says:

    I like the way it looks as though there’s some kind of Harry Potter magical firefight going on in the cafe in a parallel universe the travellers can’t see.

    Boing Boing is often bigging up UK-ukuleleist Sophie Madeleine (I just bought her new CD, so I for one succumbed). She did her MA in Songwriting at Bath Spa University.

    For completists, Bath is where Herschel discovered Uranus, and Bath Spa station was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1840 and is ten minutes from Bristol on the Great Western Railway line. As well as linking Bristol and the South West to London, which it still does every half an hour or so, the GWR would, in Brunel’s vision, have become part of an integrated transport system allowing passengers to buy a ticket in London and get to New York with a change in South Wales to board his steamship.

  14. Cowicide says:

    Did anyone notice Jeremy Scahill at the end of the video with the hottie?

  15. jamescoleuk says:

    Bath Spa! Woooo!

    Covered in damn ice and snow right now, and there are barely any trains.

  16. Mista Spakuru says:

    I loved it. Oh, the humanity!

  17. Angryjim says:

    There were a couple TV specials made this way in the late 80s/early 90s. A super bowl half time was one if Im not mistaken, and a rolling stones concert. the camera was spinning around constantly to give the effect. We got free glasses in the newspaper. I remember watching regular tv with them on and every once in a while there’s be a panning scene that would work. my little mind was a little blown.

  18. nixiebunny says:

    Hammy the hamster saw things like this in the kids’ movie Over The Hedge when he drank a caffeinated beverage.

    But his consciousness was so sped-up that he saw a laser light beam wend its way across a lawn. (That may not be technically possible, I realize, but it was a movie.)

  19. ill lich says:

    Slow-motion and time-lapse photography are the two most hypnotizing things to watch. . . well, besides porn.

  20. thekinginyellow says:

    i think a wider angle lens allowing the viewer to follow subjects longer from one side of the video to the other would have been more magical. it’s still pretty cool.

  21. pauldavis says:

    funny how human memory works. i’ve never lived in bath, but my parents have for many years. the last time i went there on a train was probably 8 years ago. yet the moment i saw the still frame for this posting, i knew for certain where it was taken.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Trey / Stuck in Customs FTW!

  23. Anonymous says:

    The guy at 1:12 sees the camera!

  24. Cochituate says:

    I love the flickering of the incandescent lights. When you slow down the film speed, the alternating current pulses really becomes apparent.

  25. alllie says:

    Strange and magical, but still a little blurry. I wonder what the frame rate would have to be to lose the blur.

    • johnnyaction says:

      The blur may have something to do with the resolution at 210 fps. The casio cameras have approx 448×336 resolution at that speed.

      They make HD high speed cameras with 1080 hd video out at 1000 fps like the phantom hd but those are expensive even to rent @ 2-4k a day with accessories.

  26. adamgreenwood says:

    I love how many people read BB who are familiar with Bath! I used to live in Corsham (and then later LacockP) and Bath was the nearest City to us, so I also immediately recognised the station from the still image before the video actually played.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Sadly,I predict this is gonna be the concept for a car ad in the near future.

  28. Anonymous says:

    How do we get our camera to record at 210FPS?

    • Grumblefish says:

      Some options:

      1/ Read the manual. If it could do it, it’d say. As you don’t know, it probably can’t.

      2/ Sell your camera on ebay to help you get enough money to buy a new camera (most 210fps videos I’ve seen appear to be from a Casio, looking at the article this was also)

      2/ Fit a complex rotating mirror device to the front of it that deflects the image to different parts of the CCD without blurring it. This is highly technical, and would probably cost more than it would to just go out and buy a camera that can do 210FPS.

      3/ Accelerate your camera to over 90% of the speed of light, then time the fps by your frame of reference. Shouldn’t need to tell you this isn’t very cost effective.

    • jimkirk says:

      Casio Exilim EX-FC100. 210, 420 & 1000 frames per second. The resolution goes down with high frame rate. Also does 720 Hi Def and has other cute tricks, like taking low light hand held images by making a sequence of 30 fast shutter images, aligning them in software and averaging the results. $169 at Amazon. Fun toy!


  29. Xenu says:

    Will this be the Chemical Brothers’ next video?

  30. skeletoncityrepeater says:

    The problem with this video is that most of the people really aren’t moving or doing much at all. The few moments where you see people moving and walking around look like high-tech special effects. The rest is just sort of haunting. If it captured people fighting or running for another train it would really show the effect of this cool method

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