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This videos is currently getting a hit of visits from Redit website. There is a better HD version here with adjusted colors & contrast, but I've lost the audio track in the process.

Anyway, I'll post a better quality video shortly using the same technique. For the curious it's shot at 1/4000 seconds with a 50mm f1.4 lens(wide open).

I've been really impressed today by similar footage of a contrabass player, so I decided to experiment a bit. I wasn't able to get such fast shutter speed on my camera, but with the new firmware Canon released lately, I can finally use the manual adjustments while shooting video and pump it all the way to 1/4000 of a second: yeah!

For the ones wondering, this is a real-time video shot at 30fps. It's not slow motion and it hasen't been created using a software, it's just the natural vibrations of the strings.

Everything on this video end up being very rough, but for only few hours of total production, I guess it's not that bad.

Music: Big Red Machine by Justin Vernon & Aaron Dessner

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  1. felix_m 88 months ago | reply

    Merci Miss =)

  2. Felix Faucher 88 months ago | reply

    Sick! C'est avec ta 50mm f1.8 à pleine opuverture?

    Comment elle se débrouille la 5D pour capturer le son?

  3. felix_m 88 months ago | reply

    Merci Félix! C'est effectivement une 50mm, mais à f1.4! Le micro de la 5D est vraiment nul. Il enregistre surtout le vent, et les bruits internes de la caméra comme le shutter. Si tu veux réelement enregistré le son, ça serrais surement mieux avec un micro, même de pietre qualité, "scotch-tapé" au boitier de la caméra.

  4. Benoit.P 88 months ago | reply

    wow génial l'effet du shutter à 4000

  5. *p. 88 months ago | reply

    I have to try it...this is bloody cool

  6. URBefotos 88 months ago | reply


    I love the video!

    I wanted to use a frame of it as the cover image for a compilation of Brazilian music I'll post on my website,

    It's not for profit, all the artists (some of the biggest names in the new Brazilian scene) are contributing for promotion only, and so am I.

    Would that be ok for you?

    Could you please get back to me thru



  7. Miss Andersson 87 months ago | reply

    Really like this!

  8. jalondon 85 months ago | reply

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Beautifully & creatively shot :-) I'm so jealous, I have the Canon 5D Mark I Its the 1st 5D video i've seen that shows the beauty of using a high quality DSLR bokeh.

  9. Dunstan 84 months ago | reply

    Any progress on getting the sound onto the higher res version?

  10. endolith 84 months ago | reply

    I don't think you're really seeing the vibration of the string per se. What you're seeing is aliasing caused by the scan rate of your CCD. The vibration is traveling up and down the string faster than the pixels can be scanned from the CCD. When you have the strings oriented almost horizontally, the vibration looks more true to the real movement.

  11. jussing 69 months ago | reply

    endolith True. The vibrating string would look nothing like this if you took a still frame at 1/4000. The whole string moves from side to side, rather than creating this s-shaped spaghetti warps, which is an illussion caused by the rolling shutter that records the video.

  12. cpl_evildoer 64 months ago | reply

    it is not vibration...this is called rolling shutter effect produce by you camera's CMOS

  13. Matt Wildness 64 months ago | reply

    Rolling shutter effect could be useful, sometimes.

  14. mikesalovich 62 months ago | reply

    Thanks to the info in this posting, I applied the rolling shutter effect to record my baritone 12-string guitar, I made a whole video with it! It's totally cool how the strings wobble. It's on youtube at... thanks.

  15. nevershoutnever6 59 months ago | reply

    how can i copy this video i wanna show it in a powerpoint :(((

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