Photron Camera Selected for Discovery Channel's Time Warp
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 remarkable detail in an event or process. Photron’s Fastcam SA1 camera has produced the extraordinary high speed imagery, including an extremely slow motion sequence of popcorn popping at 10,000 frames per second (fps), a water balloon popping at 20,000 fps, 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. Shown each week on the Discovery Channel, Wednesday evenings, from 8 to 9 p.m. (ET/PT), many of the sequences can also be viewed online at the Discovery Channel Web site.
Photron’s Fastcam SA1 was also used during the Beijing Summer Games for recording various Olympic events and providing instant replay in extreme slow motion. Photron and their exclusive northeastern U. S. distributor, Tech Imaging, have also provided the Emmy-award-winning slow motion imagery for Golf on CBS with the “SwingVision” high speed imaging system designed by Tech Imaging specifically for capturing golf for slow motion playback.