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Talking Tech’s Jefferson Graham goes to the beach for a chat with Gavin Free and Daniel Charles Gruchy, YouTube’s “Slow Mo Guys.”
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy are the YouTube slow motion experts. They have filmed such stunts as jumping off a ladder into a trampoline with 1000 mouse traps and bursting out of a giant, lifesize water balloon. At 343,000 frames a second.
But what they really want to do is run along the beach, in the style of the old Baywatch TV show, in super slow motion. .
And that’s how an interview ends with Gav and Dan, the YouTube sensations known as the Slow Mo Guys. The duo have reaped over 1.4 billion views for their silly videos of stunts slowed down to levels not usually seen.
The interview begins with the obvious question — why is watching slow motion on their channel so enjoyable?
“We show stuff everyone can relate to, something they’ve seen 1,000 times before, but we’re showing it slow, in a completly different way,” says Free. “And that’s fascinating to lots of people.”
After the success of the online series, YouTube in 2017 offered them the chance to dramatically up the budget and hire a crew to work with them on “The Super Slow Show,”
The new show, part of the YouTube Originals lineup of higher-end, ad-supported programs, featuring the likes of comedian Kevin Hart and Ellen Degeneres. The shows debut in January, with 48 episodes posted to a new section of the Slow Mo Guys channel on YouTube. They’ve already garnered 100 million views for them.
Super Slow features guest stars like skateboarder Tony Hawk and the Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik and was filmed in the California desert, where Free says the pair were allowed to do “huge dream projects,” like head on car crashes and dropping an entire room in slow motion from a crane.
The previous videos were filmed in the backyard of Free’s Austin, Texas home, which he shares with fellow YouTuber Megan Turney. Gruchy, who lives in England, has flown over three times a year to film multiple shows in Texas.
This is the same home where in February, a fan was shot dead after breaking into Free’s home.
The reason the Slow Mo video looks so incredible can be attributed to Gruch’s super high end Vision Research Phantom high-speed cameras, which can shoot over 343,000 frames per second. And cost from $12,000 up.
(By comparison, Slow-mo on the iPhone can do 240 frames per second, and the new Samsung Galaxy S9 phone, which has been touting its slow mo in ads, does 960 frames per second.)
The pair’s tips for making great slow-motion video on smartphones — do it in an area with lots of light.
“The more light, the better,” says Gruchy, because slow motion needs more illumination to show the world at a slower speed.
A tripod isn’t necessary for cool slow-mo videos, unlike for time lapse, where a tripod is a necessity, says Gruchy. Reason: with the images darting across at ultra slow speeds, you’re less likely to notice jerky movements of the camera, he says.
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