By Mark Frauenfelder at 1:36 pm Mon, Jul 2, 2012
[Video Link] Jeremiah says: "This is a video I shot using giant helium balloons, a GoPro, and a bunch of fireworks."
Up Next: A bird’s-eye view of a brush fire!
But seriously, that’s a great concept well executed.
I seriously love this video.
Also, the firework’s screams remind me of Super Metroid… ah…. :)
I love the video, but it also seems to work as proof that fireworks are more impressive when viewed from the ground.
And at night, generally.
And from a stable vantage point.
I once flew from Boston to San Francisco on the Fourth of July, timed just right to watch fireworks displays all across the country.
If it was on purpose, that’s pretty bad ass.
Seeing huge thunderstorms from above is pretty cool too!
Some of the fireworks displays were under cloud cover, so yeah, technicolor hailstorm.
As I clicked it, I thought, “Cool!” and then thought, “Wait a second. Aren’t fireworks generally going to explode in 3 dimensions? So a top view should look a lot like a bottom view and a lot like a side view?
Maybe different for those odd fireworks that add dimensional halos or orbits.
Glad to see I was mostly right.
All fun and games until you blow up your balloons with a rocket.
I would have thought that both fun and games can DEFINITELY continue into the ‘balloons destroyed by exploding rockets” phase.
Am I the only person that noticed a dog running around on the ground, often towards the fireworks just after they went off (and, with the final firework, just before a second was about to go off)? Made me very uncomfortable
No just you. Thanks for that, I was starting to worry that nobody would be able to concern-troll this boingboing post.
I see what you’re saying, but the dog was fine. It did give me a scare during the filming, we kept him away after that. The fireworks were on an elevated platform so he was ok.
A slight bit of indirect concern-trollage in the first post about brush fires.
The dog was fine, but it did give me a scare during the filming, we kept him away after that. The fireworks were on an elevated platform so he was ok.
That’s what I was hoping for!
The doppler effect as the rockets whizzed past the camera was also extremely cool.
Surely there must be a better way to persuade balloon boy to come back to Earth.
Oh yea, money shot there!
Apparently YouTube has the ability to apply image stabilization to uploaded videos. Anyone know how to invoke it?
Never mind – it’s an editing option the uploader can use. Pretty cool. Maybe Jeremiah can give it a try.
I thought of stabilizing it before uploading, but the video wasn’t really at a high enough resolution to do so.
You can stabilize a copy after uploading. Here’s a quick example (watch the timestamp bounce around): http://www.youtube.com/watch?edit=vd&v=6QG981CLZbo (before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdsb9AzlVsc&feature=relmfu )
Now just imagine what this is like for actual birds in flight at night. Worse than flak probably.
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