Mainz, 31.7. 2012
"Invisible Universe" (2x49‘) shows extremely rapid movements with high speed cameras. The high speed documentary was produced by the Hamburg-based ZDF Enterprises affiliate doc.station Medienproduktion, and will be distributed worldwide by ZDF Enterprises.
The human eye is able to perceive a maximum of 20 images per second; as opposed to the newest special cameras which manage around 300,000. The documentary "Invisible Universe"shows movements through the lenses of various HD high speed cameras which lie outside the realm of human perception. In super slow-motion, phenomena become visible which not only fascinate by their beauty but also make physical and technical processes easier to understand. This two part program thereby unveils natural wonders and paves the way for scientific insights.
Never before has it been possible to fully unlock the secret of the flight of birds, particularly regarding the position and aerodynamics of their wings. Only mega slow-motion now unveils the mystery that researchers have been trying to comprehend for centuries. In one of Europe's most modern wind tunnels, a falcon and an owl were able to demonstrate the special physics of birds’ flight for this documentary.
But there are also people who possess super senses: the racing driver Christina Surer for example; Daniel Hochsteiner, the "King of the Jugglers", and the Masters of Shaolin martial arts. Internationally renowned movement researchers reveal the secret of the fast super talents. For this two-part program, Susi Kentikian, three times flyweight boxing world champion, was measured more precisely than any boxer in history, using high speed cameras and six infrared cameras. Susi Kentikian is the fastest female boxer in the world, with up to 400 punches per minute. One of her punches takes less than 120 milliseconds, too fast for the human eye - and usually too fast for her opponents as well.
"Invisible Universe" also takes a look inside the centre of an explosion. The detonation reaches speeds of up to 10,000 metres per second - 30 times faster than the speed of sound. The naked eye sees only a fireball which rises into the sky. Mega slow-motion reveals the so-called Mach wave.
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