Footage of a Giant Bubble Being Popped from the Inside at 50,000 FPS

The Slow Mo Guys’ creative minds have shared how it feels to pop a large bubble big enough to allow a person to stand at 50,000 frames per seconds (FPS).

The duo of Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy provide a unique view on the effects of bubble bursts at speeds up to 50,000 FPS. They start at 1,000 FPS and work their way up to 50,000 FPS.

The team creates the mixture by using distilled water, detergent, a little glycerin, and then start to make giant bubbles around Gruchy. They record the clips in slow motion with various Phantom TMX cameras, which can film at incredibly fast frame rates. The duo starts to notice how bubbles break down and the patterns that they create as they play back the clips.

It’s almost like the fabric creases at the last moment. They describe it as fabric that bends over itself due to lack of elasticity. It’s almost like a jelly layer.

The team switches to the TMX7510 and films at 50,000 FPS. They notice that the initial “pop”, created by their hands, looks almost like it has created a sonic boom. The team switches gears to film from the other side of the camera in order to capture the patterns formed by the fluid as it collapses, getting closer to the camera.

Dan and Gav think it looks almost like a shimmery curtain reflecting the lights, which crinkle up to nothing in a blink of an eye. It is often possible to see more dynamic motion when slowing down the footage.

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