Though the first official day of spring has come and gone, those of us still looking at snow piles while waiting for another storm to hit this week aren’t celebrating just yet. In fact, about 99 percent of the conversations I have seem to be about people being “over” winter and “tired of snow.” Well, it looks like nobody is quite as “over” snow and winter as Grant Thompson. Thompson, the “King of Random,” decided that he had experienced quite enough of winter—thank you very much—and that it was time for drastic measures to be taken. In this case, that meant blowing up a snowman and recording the explosion at 4500 frames per second. Using a NAC HX-1 camera, Thompson recorded the snowman exploding at 150 times slower than in real life. According to the description, the snowmen—there was more than one—exploded due to rapidly expanding gases. The detail in the video is what’s really amazing, 4500 frames per second allows you to see every detail.
The camera in question offers 5 Mega Pixel resolution at 2000 fps and features an option to set the frame rate/resolution settings at up to 1,3000,000 frames per second. It can record for more than 26 minutes—assuming you’ve got the 128 GB storage—in 1080p (full HD) at 250fps. It designed for applications mainly involving military needs like explosives, ballistics, missile launches, projectile and component tracking and materials testing. It's a pretty impressive resume.
If, like the ECN team, you’ve been suffering through the cold and snow for too many months, it’s oddly satisfying to watch The King of Random blow Frosty sky-high in 4500 frames per second.