Magical super high-speed video freezes Berlin metro in time

It’s a super high-speed video taken of (I believe) a train arriving at a Berlin metro station.

The video is then shown at a slower speed, but there are so many frames to it, it’s such a high-resolution video, that the effect is just magical.


It’s a very short video, and extremely difficult to do justice to in writing.  Check it out, I think you’ll agree that it’s a neat way to start the day.

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14 Responses to “Magical super high-speed video freezes Berlin metro in time”

  1. Swami_Binkinanda says:

    This put me in mind of Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire with Peter Falk. I had to borrow it from the library last year, still on VHS, but still a neat picture.

  2. 2patricius2 says:

    Thanks! I checked it out. I didn’t realize the figures in the museum were not human, till a friend pointed them out.

  3. cambridgemac says:

    Surgical masks are worn by people who have colds out of respect for others who do not. To protect them. Having lived in Japan as a kid, I am always bemused / startled by the assumption that the mask is worn to protect the wearer. It seems so…. American.

  4. jixter says:

    It’s a commercial for “SAMUI – fine asian food” because it’s in English – but filmed on a German subway platform. Or else it’s a commercial for U2’s new CD “Alexanderplatz”, co-branded with SAMUI and packaged, cleverly, in a ‘nudelbox’. Or something.

    I wonder if this is what death is like.

  5. emjayay says:

    Just rewatched. Only saw two people (probably Chinese) in NYC having a conversation and smiling. Actually, for a people who are supposed to be nonsmiley I see a lot of Asians communicating a lot of enjoyment of their friends with their facial expressions when in conversations on the subway. Yeah, I do a lot of non-slomo people watching.
    To be fair, there were a lot fewer people shown in Germany, and amost all were alone.
    There was a really long color digital slomo of people on NYC sidewalks showing at the Met last year, projected wall size. Pretty mesmerizing.

  6. Jonathan says:

    Very interesting! Did anyone notice, it is only in the New York video that you see people smiling. No one smiling in Germany, and the people in Japan look downright miserable! Only in the American one do you see a few smiles.

  7. emjayay says:

    Duane Hanson. From a gallery site: He has been making startlingly lifelike sculptures of middle America accomplished through a complex process of casting from live models, recreated in bronze or fibreglass resin.

    Try Google Images “Duane Hanson” to see lots of them including your friends on different benches in different locations. Also

  8. emjayay says:

    If you click on his name you go to his Vimeo page and there are two other similar videos, Tokyo and New York City.
    NYC: Unlike the other two, the insane ethnic diversity of faces from every corner of the earth. The Tokyo one shows hundreds of faces with one white guy.
    Tokyo: I’m surprised the subway platform is at least as crappy as any in NYC. All kinds of random exposed mechanical bits on the columns, scratched glass or plastic. And what’s up with Asians and surgical masks? They don’t protect you much from getting something – that’s not how viruses are communicated. They would keep you from propagating a virus if you left it on when you sneeze, which is kind of gross and besides uncomfortable all the time breathing through the thing.
    Berlin: Really old everything like in NYC, with exposed riveted columns. But no apparent filth and peeling ceilings. The last time I was in London at one tube station a long full size color photo poster of a NYC platform was on an opposite wall. Everything was crappy in the photo, and everything perfect in the tube.

  9. cole3244 says:

    could be the beginning of a twilight zone episode they were thought provoking.

  10. 2patricius2 says:

    Reminds me of an art museum I went to a couple years ago, in which there were several sculptures of people that looked so real, I didn’t notice at first that they weren’t moving at all.

  11. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Surreal. The runners got a double take from me.

  12. HeartlandLiberal says:

    This video reminds me.

    I want to go back and watch several of Federico Fellini’s films again. We watched ‘La Dolce Vita’ last year, and were amazed at how a 55 year old black and white film stood up as a complete existential work of art. I particularly want to watch “8 1/2”. I suspect that a lot of people in their 20’s and 30’s may not have been exposed to Fellini’s films, and would be surprised at what they missed.

  13. Indigo says:

    Danke schön.

  14. PeteWa says:

    very cool, love the two running people.

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