Lightning Strike at 103,000 FPS

Lightning Strike at 103,000 FPS

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

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “Lightning Strike at 103,000 FPS

  1. sonu gupta says:

    Fake just because there were boat

  2. Teleutefero says:

    guys i hope the slow mo guys read thi comment.

    send a little rocket bound with a little and not heavy copper wire into clouds, and stay away from them when the lightining strike , couse you should be record them

  3. Marigold Janies says:

    I wonder what would happen if you could put a filter on the lens.

  4. Денис Метиль says:

    that`s so cool

  5. ElNosi says:

    What????? 5:30

  6. David Henry says:

    4:56 at 0.25 speed was even slower than Slow Mo Guys.

  7. Spinel The Gamer says:

    Its like a backwards fireworks

    They get seperated when falling then merges before they fall into the ground

  8. Curry Zhong says:

    7:23 jeez the pink one on the right is crazy

  9. Winston Smith says:

    That cameras got more RAM than a field of sheep

  10. Rick Whitham says:

    The step leaders look much better than the actual bolt strike

  11. KC says:

    Yay i live in Singapore!

  12. A! says:

    Can i get this fps on my pc?😁

  13. Man of Culture says:

    1am in dark room

    Brain : hey i need to rest

    me : … watching slow mo lightning

    Eyes : stop torturing meee

  14. Classypooh says:

    Did anyone else think they just ran in to some random dudes room at 4:00?

  15. Lucas Loh says:

    you shoulda come monsoon season

  16. Dany Be says:

    Unbelievable Doc Brown!

  17. Tech & Gaming with Muntu says:

    u cant slow light

  18. Valdemar Backman says:

    "Let's go inside"

    Goes outside

  19. Parag Sonawane says:

    Am I the only one who could relate this with Thor ?

  20. anthony souders says:

    Lightning has to be the coolest thing on earth

  21. Chuck Campbell says:

    I've always heard that a lighting strike has feelers before the actual bolt. It was very cool to actually see them here. I used to take photos of lightning on my Canon DSLR. I would set it on bulb setting and use my remote trigger. Set the aperture to F/22 and ISO down to 100 and I could leave the shutter open for quite some time. Could capture numerous lightning strikes on 1 shot. But this slo-mo stuff is great. Cheers to you guys. Looks fun

  22. Dan says:

    Try lake Catatumbo, i'd be interested in that one

  23. Vencidious says:

    This kinda looks like cracks in the sky

  24. COPRO says:

    Looks like someones angry up there

  25. Really Unreal says:

    Watch more videos about Mother Nature

    Subscribe, like and wait for new videos

    Will be awesome.

  26. M4 കോമഡി says:

    Nice.. please explain your camera details..

  27. GameHacker 34 says:

    F1 fans will recognize that building

  28. Hexa Fahmi says:

    I love your accent guys

  29. Rithik Sharma says:

    you guys are amazing 😎😎

  30. Oct says:

    This could be great for animators

  31. Endurable Vids says:

    RIP eyes

  32. Morin Wadley Edson De Saussa says:

    my eyes

  33. luke juhasz says:

    basically 2 guys and a expensive camera went on vacation just to get woken up late at night to record nature

    i respect that.

  34. phildyas says:

    Nuit sur le.mont chauve… On connaît les bases👌👌

    Yes I'm french

  35. ANUJ KUMAR YADAV says:


  36. The R' Squad says:

    Ironic how the slow mo guys have time laps

  37. Max 47474747 says:

    Put it on 0.25 play back speed and then it’s 412 thousand frames per second 😂😂👏

  38. FoxTrot99 says:

    Why you guys don't go to catatumbo river? That can be good for scenery wkwkwk

  39. Kalidasan S says:


  40. Vladszack Gaming1v1 says:

    6:46 That's what she said

  41. Matt Azure says:

    Thor: ahh noobs !!

    Thor has left the chat.

  42. YT InzAniTix says:

    ah thats hot

  43. Desire2punish91 says:

    They should re do this experiment fast forward to the second experiment

  44. Kaius Chong says:

    Wow! It looks so real!! Wait, it s real

  45. ٰ ٰ says:

    YouTube please more than 60FPS

  46. Supernatural Whale says:

    When I’m scared of lightning I watch this video

  47. Damian I.W. says:

    What about slowing down speed of light with a laser, or slowing down a guitar string for example or other thing that vibrates a lot

  48. star bust says:

    Here is some nightmare fuel

    What of the lighting strike them?

  49. Harsh Jain says:

    Play video at 0.25, enjoy 412000 frames a second.

  50. arpeemac says:

    21.1 gigawatts!!!

  51. UnwntedGaming says:


    "it looks like a nuke,"


    "shut up!"

  52. Moloch says:

    this video couldve been 1 minute long

  53. ꧁K̊n̛̘̙̚e̗̚e꧂⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻ says:

    It looks like the electrons are 'searching,' to use personification, for a path to the ground and the branching is caused by the homogeneous charge pushing each other away.
    Only when an actual connection to the ground can be made do all the electrons abandon their previous search routes to make their way to this single bolt.

  54. Nikita Verma says:

    Rip headphone users!

  55. 张亚伟 says:

    dont watch this without opening the light

  56. Nolan Low says:

    I live in Singapore

  57. muhammad nashrullaah says:

    The reason why the ships are not getting hit by the lightning but instead the ocean water is getting hit, because the water is containing so much mineral and the best electromagnetic source

  58. TrapChan says:

    Godzilla EMERGES!!

  59. Caleb Marquart says:

    Did they just storm into someone else’s hotel room?

  60. ختم says:

    2000 people are killed by lightning every year

  61. Алексей Тучак says:

    do this one, please

  62. Wilson Lawrance says:


  63. Sean Calhoun says:

    how does this have 37 thousand dislikes?

  64. Big Ains says:

    Some lightning strikes contain the energy of a nuclear bomb, and we sit around drilling for fossil fuels.
    Why don't we focus of harnessing such power!

    wE aRe AlL iDiOtS cOmFiRmEd

  65. Chiara Dal Col says:

    it's crazy that what is caught on footage can not be seen but the human eye in real time

  66. Tim Haruehansavasin says:

    Marina Bay Sand!!!

  67. SW6 says:

    So if a person is hit by lighting is he hit by the feeler or the main bolt going up or both?

  68. CaptainMuffin says:


  69. S҉p҉o҉o҉k҉s҉ says:

    Why is he comparing how fast a lighting bolt hits the ground by frames per second???😂😂😂😂

  70. Sollumer says:

    When lightning strikes the water, it boils

  71. Erik Ny says:

    Wow! 👍

  72. Velepexon says:

    4:56 – Good way to use classical music

  73. honk honk says: says:

    you could've gone to remote Borneo for the best lightning footage instead of singapore.

  74. Jem Chown says:

    7:17: bright lightning: hello LightingRed LightingRed: He-

  75. kw h says:

    if you look at 5:30 at .25 speed you will find a very small amount of return stroke.

  76. Sianna Scale says:

    Eight months later, I realize this video was posted on my birthday! What a great birthday gift!

  77. Axel Annand says:

    So, in a summary, lightning plans, starts streaking down, and then goes with a multiple traces, then it's there is only one singular trace that shows up.

  78. AndrewHansonXB says:


  79. Zowi Taslim jaen says:

    Like mee pleass😭

  80. Andrew Fultz says:

    Can’t believe there’s no comments about the top gear reference in the intro

  81. Justin Miner says:

    Thank you.

  82. Paul Taylor says:

    Why is there like a red version to the lightning inverted on the middle of the picture? Also as the lightning was ceasing, the inverted red version of the lightning became really dark red that almost looked black

  83. Wyatt Matusicky says:

    6:41 what is this red lightning? (it's not a reflection because the configuration of the lightning strike is completely different)

  84. OverlordVsGaming says:

    lightning is hot 6,000 kelvins (10,340 degrees Fahrenheit) to be exact

  85. K.G. Bearmog says:

    You guys should totally go and film the Endless storm in South America

  86. Samantha Smythe says:

    Adding the music to the lighting makes it sound evil.

  87. Jack Smith says:

    8:52 вы не поняли. молния пускает свои корни, как разведчиков, во все стороны и ищет самый короткий путь, чтобы достичь земли. как только находит его, она убивает все другие отростки и вся целиком направляется по тому самому лучшему пути.

  88. Nirmal bag says:

    Is lightning faster than light

  89. Walter Santos says:

    That was brilliant and awesome.! You have to respect nature

  90. Andi says:

    That's the magic! 😎

  91. Filthy Kata says:


  92. Immaterial Tactic says:

    Im from singapore

  93. Trayce Baird says:

    Fun fact. When lightning strikes the surface of the earth its 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun

  94. UltraMike YT says:

    How do u get that ultra mega slow cam? Because my slow cam is only at 100Fps 🙁

  95. Leonardo M Torres says:

    Sky cloud af but still sunny for these English guys

  96. GAMER ANTONIO21 says:

    Elsa just freeze the clouds omg

  97. Samuel says:

    Me: plays the video in 0,25x


  98. Adam Cassidy says:


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