When you think of New York City, the first image that probably pops into your head is crowd city street full of people quickly trying to get to where they’re going. Filmmaker Glen Vivaris offers another vision of the city in a short clip he recently published. By using the Super Slow-mo feature on his Samsung Galaxy S10 phone, the hands of time are greatly decelerated, leaving the streets of Manhattan nearly frozen in time.
Set against slow techno beats, the two-minute long video is surprisingly dramatic. The tension of waiting for “something” to happen is palpable, as Vivaris zooms past pedestrians, construction works, and kids on bikes—all of whom barely make a move. While it looks quite professional, the reality is that the 960 fps video footage was taken from a car window.
“The car was actually moving really fast in comparison to the people,” he wrote. “If you were to play it [at] normal speed, the car just zips by in a split second. It’s similar to how they shot the explosion behind Quicksilver in X-Men Apocalypse.”
Slow-motion video is typically achieved by filming at a high frame rate per second and then playing that same footage back at a slower rate. By comparison, Samsung’s Super Slow-mo works by filming at a frame rate that’s four times faster than normal slow motion. The footage is then played back 32 times slower, at 30 fps, which makes everything look epic. If you can’t get enough of the effect, check out Vivaris’ newest super slow-motion video of bees drinking from a fountain.