For the first time, video footage has finally caught up to cheetahs running at full speed.
Captured by National Geographic in collaboration with the Cincinnati Zoo, the team is showing the slowest slow-motion video of the fastest land animal (sounds like a bit of an oxymoron) using three high-speed cameras shooting at 1200 frames per second. The more frames per second that are shot, the better the slow motion.
According to the video’s description, five cheetahs were filmed for three days. Filming the fastest land animal running at full speed requires some impressive technology and rigging, according to Pop Photo in an article last month, it took 400 feet of dolly track that held three Canon 1D X DSLRs and a Phantom high-speed video camera. After seeing the footage, which was released last week, Pop Photo called it “everything we’ve hoped for.”
Check it out for yourself (Note: Stay tuned in until the end to see a time-lapse of the equipment set-up):
According to National Geographic, the cheetah going by the name Sarah ran at 61 miles per hour covering 100 meters in 5.95 seconds in June 2012. This broke all records for this distance.
At this speed, “the team captured every nuance of the cat’s movement,” Greg Wilson wrote in his description of the video.
In order to keep ahead of Sarah, National Geographic reported that the cameras on the track moved at 100 miles per hour.