( music playing )Ooh, that was
a long flight. 17 and a half hour
flight. – I’ll tell you it was worth it,
though.
– 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?

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Dennis Veasley

100 thoughts on “Lightning Strike at 103,000 FPS”

  1. Do you wanna hear a poem of nature that I have just made up form watching this …… nature is what takes form of all moving things big or small and very, very different but in every shape and form it leave a trace of its former plant relatives….

  2. Русскоговорящие, лайкните мою запись, пусть иностранцы думают, что я что-то крутое написал и гениальное! 😀

  3. Mashallah Mera khuda ki kudrath ko camera par Nahi pakad sakhoge insanoo 😎🤗

  4. not impressed … 13 seconds of B rated footage in a 10 min video with more mindless non informative talking than what can be found on any TV show … the footage from actual bona fide true scientists trumps this

  5. just watched some vid of some air force guy who tried for years to capture a lightning bolt manually. modern cameras and their software make it so ez that anyone can do it though.

  6. Wow! 2019 with all this new super slow motion capture technology on The Slow Mo Guys channel – and you couldn't even provide a 103,000 FPS shot of the stepped leader meeting the positive streamer. In fact, the only part you got in 103,000 FPS didn't even include the bolt at all.

    Thanks for a tremendous waste of time. Just goes to show that possessing extremely expensive equipment doesn't at all provide any talent of using it, or the sense to capture quality images.

  7. An idea: rig out 10 Phantoms in a manner that they film the same shot, and sincronize them so the first camera shoots, and the second stars a fraction of a second later and so on… It is a similar function to the lightspeed camera…

  8. I managed to capture some awesome footage of lighting in the UK lately but no where near the frames you guys got!

  9. Someone should make a channel of these videos without the endless mundane intros and just the money shots. So tiring to watch

  10. 😱😱😱👏👍👌😱😱😱👏👍👌😱😱😱👏👍👌😱😱😱👏👍👌😱😱😱 Thank you it's just Mind-blowing 👌👍👏

  11. This is incredibly fascinating! Can somebody please explain to me what exactly is happening with this lightning around 5:10? It's as if the lightning is racing to get to the ground, but only one bolt makes contact.

  12. Wow! I've always tried manually taking pictures of lightning. When you finally get one, it's like 1 in a million!!! Great shots there guys, AMAZING!

  13. “And when you said, ‘Moses, we will not believe in you until we see Allah with our own eyes.’ So the thunderbolt struck you dead while you were looking. Then We brought you back to life after your death, so that perhaps you would show thanks.” (Qur’an, 55-56)

  14. I’ll tell you something I’ve been living in mackay north qld Australia for all my life and it’s extremely dry for most of the year but for the 30-50 days of rain a year it usually is the end of spring and summer when school ends at mid December and late jan but when the end of those seasons come we look up and like the old saying three black cockatoos fly over I must admit is true when we see them fly over we can tell rains coming and within 1-2 days we look up and the sky goes almost black and it isn’t a cyclone it’s the end of season storm when everyone runs to shut the windows and we go out on the veranda and watch it’s bucketing rain there’s lighting every 20 seconds and the lightings that loud, I live in a solid cat 3 rating brick house with all the windows doors shut and then bang the loudest thunder we’ve ever heard all the people in our house jumped and went deaf temporarily and so then it passes after 4-5 hours later and then usually 2-3 weeks later a cyclone forms in the gulf goes across the tip of qld dies then revs up in the sea causing floods and all our sheds and fences to be knocked over me and my brother have games we’d wait for the 70kph Gusts and almost get pushed over then we’d lean back into the wind being held up great fun

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