Trippy Video Of Water Stream 'Frozen' In Midair

April 12, 2012


This is a short video of water droplets that appear frozen in midair. But they're not, it's just an optical illusion. Or so they'd like you to believe. The long explanation:

You're actually seeing 25 different drops [or segments of the stream] every second... the waveform being played through the speaker is vibrating the pipe in a uniform way, so the drops exit the pipe uniformly, the frame rate of the camera is synced with the speaker so the drops appear static, [and] the short shutter speed means the drops appear sharp and frozen in mid air [a longer shutter speed, in contrast, would capture more of each droplet's movement, causing it to appear blurry].

The short explanation? Somebody found an old book of spells at the library. Ooh ooh -- see if there's anything in there about genital warts! "Giving them or treating them?" *itching* Both.

Hit the jump for the video which may or may yes include audio of water dripping that may have made me piss my pants. BUT ONLY A LITTLE.

How to Suspend Liquid Water in Midair [io9]

Thanks to Marion, who just likes to lie in the shower with the water as hot as he can stand it until he gets all pruney. Just kidding, that's me. Marion rarely even showers.

  • Guest

    Strobe light effect with waves from musical vibrations.....sweet!

  • thatcando


  • Emmitt Morgans

    Crazy, and the link at the end to the non-Newtonian fluid on a speaker cone is crazy, too!

  • Meewok

    Confuse shutter speed with frame rate much?

  • Emmitt Morgans

     I don't think so... going by the quote it sounds like both the frame rate and the shutter speed contribute to the effect.

    I'm sure it's something similar to the iPhone/guitar string illusion that was up here a while back, but done intentionally.

  • Witch!! BURN them burn them now!!!

  • cejones

    Tripods people.  Is it really that hard?

  • Meewok

    At least it wasn't all jerky with incomprehensible footage, and if it were secured on a tripod then it would be less desirable as few people would accept this as a clever trick and shout "it's been edited that's lame", so movement = better proof of concept

  • DC

    Fucking magicians

  • rightyourwrongs

    did he have to shoot a 2 minute artsy video

  • Couch Commando

    who told you to watch 2 minutes of it...

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