How to record Slow Motion Sounds (Exploding Tomato at 60,000fps) – Smarter Every Day 184

How to record Slow Motion Sounds (Exploding Tomato at 60,000fps) – Smarter Every Day 184

Video one: candle tomato. Video two coming up banana bottle. This is the Phantom V25 11 this is the ultra slow motion workhorse for Smarter Every Day – – and sometimes on the Slow Mo Guys – this camera can record at two-thirds of a million frames per second But you’ll notice there’s no microphone on it so the question we always get in the comments is how do you record sound, so slow? Do you do it at an ultrasonic frequency or something like that? And the answer is: no. Welcome back to the garage where we shoot stuff and do fun things. There’s a question I always get on Smarter Every Day when I do a slow-motion video And it’s: how did you record the sound? Did you record the sound with the camera and then play it back? A lot of people don’t realize that when you’re recording with slow motion It’s just images so today, Gordon from Canada the guy that does all the magic with a slow motion is actually here Thank you for coming Gordon for having me all right, so I’m gonna challenge you today you up for that Yeah, so you know nothing about what we’re gonna do correct. No, okay, so we have a gun we’ve got some stuff here I’m gonna record several things in slow motion And then let Gordon walk you through what it’s like to design slow motion sound because you do that for pretty much every Smarter Every Day with Slow motion right yeah, yeah, and you’re good at it. Unless there’s good voice over over top or something. Yeah. Yeah, okay cool, so challenge number one a rifle Going to be putting out a candle. What do you think about that? GORDON: That would be great so, We are gonna record the sound because one of the questions we always get is Can you just record the sounds real time and slow it down the answer is no, which we’ll explain later Three two one oh it didn’t go out That makes your sound harder. Yeah, okay it moved like The flame moved, but it didn’t go out so you can make sound for that right? GORDON: We can make sense for that DESTIN: Oh wait, look at that it went all the way out go all the way out That was high speed challenge number one rollin. What are you doing? Well, so we’re doing some science Yeah, I thought we could probably learn a lot of things by Coring this tomato and putting an M 90 in it which is ten bigger than an m-80? What are these units do you know so this is the M 90 I didn’t even know M 90s were a thing… GORDON: neither did I All right, they’re super illegal in Canada really well probably not super I’ve I have messed around with them, but I think they were brought up from Mexico somehow We need to protect ourselves from the oh Wow, so you’re just gonna. I’m gonna get it right in there. Oh the fuse coming out the top though I print do we have to be careful not to wet the fuse probably I orders gunpowder not care I don’t think he cares. Okay, so what are you doing here? Oh? Oh, you’re gonna. You’re gonna put it out the top. Yeah. I want it and you’re gonna put the plug back in the bottom. I Guess we could huh? I came to Alabama for new experiences It’s like a birthday tomato (laughs) blam! What do you think?
-yeah, not sure about (inaudible) there? Or how like how much the tomato’s gonna cushion the blow do you want me to do it? I’ll totally do it you guys are around a lot more exploding things than me, and if you think that is a safe I’ll go first and you gotta promise me you’re gonna make amazing slow-mo sound for this I’ll spend a little extra time on this really yeah promise okay, thanks Here we go It’s like nothing hit me yeah Oh That’s great. That’s awesome. It’s gonna look good, it was sick. You. Have a seed right on your face Very good Okay, so how are you gonna? Make the sounds for that I mean we’ll probably use some tomato sounds. Oh, holy cow Awesome do a little more than just Tomatoes, Sam so what would you do with the light? I don’t know we could probably get creative I Think like a like I really Encapsulated sort of occluded concussion like a like a sort of sort of thing Oh really cool, and it will record slow tomato sounds that are more met they’re gonna match the footage a bit better So you record that tomato sounds and then when there’s another tomato And we’ll just like squish it up and throw it around and manipulate it yeah Yeah, yeah, let me add a bunch of processing reverb pitch it down You pitch it down so it feels slow? Yeah, yeah, huh, cos’ that’s just psychoacoustics really. That’s what we want It’s at this part in the process where I have to get the slow-motion files off of the flash. That’s here on the camera Downloaded and then push it over the internet to Gordon and let him work his magic for the first video the candle Gordon has all The sounds he needs in a library a previously recorded stuff, so he simply watches the video And he lays these sounds down on the track as he sees fit However when he does new stuff like the tomato exploding sometimes He has to record new sounds And he was so gracious as to record this incredibly complicated and precise process for us the tomato I’m not actually going to use the tomato Was a technical reason for that And here’s an orange And that’s because I Looked in the fridge, and I didn’t have tomato and I thought I did and the grocery stores closed So we’re gonna use an orange It’s another very juicy fruit squished tomatoes before us scorched oranges before They’re pretty much the same thing when it comes to sound Believe it or not I was I was one of the smart kids at the school After he’s recorded the new sounds they’re edited then they’re cleaned up for imperfections and then brought into the session They’re cut to the picture And then they’re processed as one overall sound then after he finishes all the magic. This is the final product Shhllllllllh Whoooosh Whooomkpppp *demon sounds here* *Stirring Macaroni* All right, I hope you enjoyed this episode of smarter every day. It was sponsored by audible. I love audible audiobooks It helps me reclaim. My commute and get smarter while I’m doing it You really should be listening to audiobooks and audible is the best way to do that you can go to? get any free book you want as a trial, but I recommend this one letters to a young scientist by EO Wilson he’s a Pulitzer prize-winning biologist, that has taunght at Harvard for years It’s a great book if you’re a young person and you’re getting into the sciences go check out letters to a young scientist by EO Wilson the way you can get this is going to Or there’s actually a new way if you text the words smarter to the phone number 500 500 and they will reply with a link so that you can sign up for a free trial it’s awesome anyway That’s pretty cool Really neat way to do that so slash smarter or text Smarter – 500 500 And if you want to see all the books that I like I’ll leave a link down in the video description so you can check That out this was video one of two the next one is gonna be banana bottle So I hope you stick around and maybe subscribe so you can see that video. I’m Destin you’re getting smarter every day Have a good one oh Is the Audio recording what’s happening? (Destin laughing like a demonic angelic old baby of pure rage and happiness) This is so scary

Daniel Ostrander

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100 thoughts on “How to record Slow Motion Sounds (Exploding Tomato at 60,000fps) – Smarter Every Day 184

  1. SmarterEveryDay says:

    Checkout the Behind the Scenes video of Gordon making the sounds. It's pretty ridiculous.

  2. Hardcore Hatter says:

    love that audio magic

  3. Sharook Cr says:

    Likes goes to the sound engineer

  4. anom794939393 says:

    Do you support trump's wall? Wtf your supposed to be smart by now it's been more then like one day

  5. The Nature Guy says:

    He missed the sound when the bullet hit the wood

  6. Joshua Crafts says:

    Translation: the sounds are always made up for the slow-mo shots.

  7. ProfessorKaos says:

    ah the art of Foley, love it.

  8. Aslan Guseinov says:

    I am Heartbroken, Humiliated and who knows another H word to describe my feelings!? Lies all lies, i bet his name isn’t Gordon and beard is made out of pubic hair! Oh another H word – Hair! Hillary Has Hilarious Hair, Hitler.

  9. Inzamam Malik says:

    the sound of slow mo is purely creation of sound engineer,
    so does this mean we can never listen to the real sound of a slow mo video? may be blowing up 🍅 sound is totally different in slow mo then sound engineer thinking 🤔 who knows, let's find out someday together 😊 with a high speed mic if there is any in the market

  10. Dipole Production says:

    2/3 of a million fps is 666,666.667 fps not 60,000

  11. RemoWest says:

    Why waste a perfectly good tomato…

  12. diego weiller says:

    Now that we know it its less awesome

  13. 13ECHO20 says:

    The slow motion exploding tomato reminded me of the movie 'Aliens'….

  14. TheCptCoy says:

    Weird how this whole video was done without saying the word "foley"

  15. SleepyGhostIsMe says:

    I was looking through videos and I saw the thumbnail of this vid and I thought it was thanos

  16. Blender Bach says:

    6:23 IzotopeRX7

  17. darren stettner says:

    Everything is a lie…

  18. Prince Sharma says:

    How to get Squirted by a Tomato 101.

  19. Snowmobile nation says:

    That’s so coooool

  20. Sergeant Seven says:

    So Foley artists?

  21. barhasbadi says:

    Gordon has got a mongolian horsehead fiddle.
    cool 😀

  22. Pratik Nazareth says:

    But if you record a slow motion on a phone, it does output a slow motion sound without any edits, wabbut that??

  23. Brian Holder says:

    I feel lied to 😫

  24. Roach DoggJR says:

    Aha, I knew the sound was fake.

  25. John Summers says:

    So it's all fakery…that actually kinda ruins it… just a little…

  26. MVP0137 says:

    '*demon sounds here*

    Turn on CC

  27. Ferris Elway says:

    So basically you have a foli artist on hand

  28. Karis Omotosho says:

    Yoo in Italy you can buy things that easily blows plastic bins into pieces 😕 thankfully I still have all my fingers

  29. Vinod Nair says:

    Slow-motion audio is a lie

  30. Average Aaron says:

    My life is a lie…..

  31. Tristan says:

    This is the truth really I don't like it

  32. Simon Geoffrey says:

    Great video, Maybe add more light next time!


  33. Solomon Rorellien says:


  34. diox8tony says:

    In the name of science, please stop lying to us viewers by adding fake sounds. You and Planet Earth,,,shame.

  35. okarnando88 says:

    wow. well today i learned that the slow mo sounds are actually just a trickster from Canada!

  36. The Timelords says:

    Clickbait much? You didnt record slo-motion sounds; you made pre-recorded sounds sound slow >:(

  37. boltonky says:

    This both astounded me and gutted me about the sounds being made up, but the work involved and reasoning makes sense.
    Give it up for audio engineers this time round

  38. Juan Reigosa says:

    I never would have thought the sounds weren't recorded live. Great content, keep it up. Favorite channel by far.

  39. Juan Reigosa says:

    After thought too. I would love to learn the technical reasons why u can't record the sounds live.

  40. Random Hobbies says:

    So you're saying.. All the sounds are fake? Sounds just like my wife 😂 😂 😂

  41. Rain Sender says:

    Cheaters ))))

  42. Haiden Mattson says:


  43. General JellyRoll says:

    Awesome I recognized reaper.

  44. Why Tho says:

    Sooo it's all foley work. I've been bamboozled.

  45. JD Singh says:

    Thats a $150,000 camera. 🙊 But cant pick up sound. 🤦🏽‍♂️

  46. Nikko J says:

    Gordon earned my thumbs up on this one!

  47. Lp Giroux says:

    Conclusion: the sound is fake.

  48. Bman Lee One says:

    That was some how verry disapointing.

  49. Samy 2121 says:

    No real sound 😕

  50. let rat says:

    The world was full of wonder till you opened my eyes

  51. Agus Sutriono says:

    Translete plisss I'm 🇮Indonesia

  52. Mark Vantilburg says:

    Back in 'the day', this guy would be known as a Foley artist, or, sound effects guy… words create reality…

  53. Kaydn Burns says:

    Idk man sounds pretty artificial to me. SloMo guys got their audio on point

  54. Amshi HS says:

    That tomato (orange) sound tickels in my ear

  55. Tora Fuliar says:

    Sound engineers are truly unsung champions

  56. Berlo 1 says:

    متابعك من المملكه العربيه السعوديه ♥️♥️

  57. F--R--O--S--T says:

    Wow. I've been fooled for so long

  58. Canal Abuga says:


  59. thomashrom says:

    So: it`s FRAUD!

  60. Anas Gamers says:

    6.40 only me laughing i think im crazy cause in my head someone take this video and edit to troll video 😂😂

  61. FollowTheLaw Damit says:

    So every video of watch of yours the sound is fake!?!? 😲

  62. Big daddy Shark says:

    Ode to family guy
    Hey, you’re a phony!!

  63. Peachy Gaming says:

    3:05 I came to Alabama for new experiences lmaoo

  64. fahd4007 says:

    means mostly slowmo sounds is fake one..

  65. kookie4nookie says:

    “How do you recording the sound?”


  66. D’rock b-ART-on says:

    Oh so it’s audible theatrics designed to spot light actions and subjects the curator wants the audience to focus on….. I like it. Makes sound, art.

  67. Samwisegamgee The Brave says:

    Hahaha, in true telly land style " we used oranges to get the tomato sound" love it.

  68. Dawson Lear says:

    Foley artists are amazing

  69. Wilfred Darr says:

    What's up with the rifle? Looks like the action in mounted in a custom plywood jobby?

  70. brad stricklamd says:


  71. shad covert says:

    Anything with "M" in front of it, can be lit and thrown into water.

  72. xrmk 889900 says:

    really cool,

  73. Hitesh Patel says:


  74. ScarMsanii Aggrey says:

    5:46 Technical reason is the store being closed!😂😂

  75. Eduardo Vera says:

    How to record slowmo videos?, more sampling (higher FPS recorded)
    How to record slowmo audios?, more sampling, EASY

  76. Jesse Sweeney says:

    One of the few YouTubers who works really hard to make people smarter every day and deserves the money he makes

  77. Paco_bl says:

    So each slowmotion sound is a masterpiece

  78. superpiginho says:

    I'll be back watching your videos when you stop faking the sound. Silence is better. If i want see or hear fake stuff i'll just turn on Discovery channel.

  79. Nerdy Guy says:

    the Slow Mo Guys vs Smarter Every Day

    SED: Kinda normal but with a lot of reverb and extra sounds

    SMG: Ultra deep sounds with a few extra sounds

  80. Pasindu Bhanuka says:

    How to record sound in slow motion videos…?


    Fake it…..!

  81. Calenc says:


    It's all fake? I've been made fool this whole time?

  82. Chin P.S. says:

    although the visual is real but with artificial sound effect added, it rather misleading to the science video lover 😥

  83. William Lee says:

    Im actually super disappointed that you didn't use some sort of slow mo mic. But equally impressed with the skill and personality of Gordon


    I swear I had this question about infrosound in my head since the first time I saw your videos! Thanks for answering, bro!

  85. Jonny Watts says:

    Wow that's the saddest m 90 I've ever seen…

  86. Commander Exilous says:

    So… You CANT record slow motion sounds? Why not say that?

  87. Patrick Robino says:

    You can't. You have to make the sounds in post. Saved you 9 minutes.

  88. Danke merkel says:

    2:23 we have those in Germany they are called A böller
    But normal kids use D böller so…

  89. Abdul Aleem Shekhani says:

    LMFAO! Theres a technical reason he didn't use a tomato to record the sounds!

  90. Javier Ochoa says:

    Totally fell for the Thanos vs Tomato Thumb!

  91. Fino Menezes says:

    Gordon — the Ben Burtt of Squirt

  92. Cameron Holian says:

    This video ruins the slow mo guys. 😭

  93. DaKoTa says:

    I love your laugh in the last 30ish seconds! It made me cry laugh too 😂

  94. magein the gamer says:

    The squish sounds weird after hearing the orginal sound

  95. John Frederick Dupale says:

    8:28 on a loop 😀

  96. Matthew Thompson says:

    But it’s fake…….

  97. FluffieCat27 says:

    Ah yes, my worst enemy, tomatoes, have been defeated at last. You just have to EXPLODE IT.

  98. Sam SavsG says:

    The candle one was amazing!

  99. MasonMC says:


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