Discovery Channel's Time Warp benefits from high-speed cameras

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Photron is supplying its high-speed Fastcam SA1 camera for the slow motion imaging of phenomena, animal behavior, and human feats on the Discovery Channel's new hit television series Time Warp. Photron, a leading manufacturer of high-speed cameras and motion analysis software systems, has teamed up with co-hosts Jeff Lieberman, an MIT scientist and teacher, and digital photography expert Matt Kearney of Tech Imaging Services, to provide the footage.

The slow-motion camera offers super-fast frame rates, capable of broadcasting high resolution, high definition TV (HDTV) at up to 5,400fps. The camera also achieved near HD resolution at up to 10,000fps for the popular TV series.  

Time Warp uses advanced imaging technologies to present natural 'everyday' activities and extraordinary human achievements or other phenomena, slowing the imagery down to the point that viewers can see virtually every detail in an event or process. Examples include an extremely slow motion sequence of popcorn popping at 10,000fps, a water balloon popping at 20,000fps, a samurai sword slicing through a tatami mat, a tattoo needle piercing a man's arm 80 to 150 times per second, a Kun Tao master breaking through a stack of concrete blocks with approximately 5 tons of force, and much more.