TerraX: In the Blink of an Eye – The World of Extreme Slow Motion

What does it actually look like – in detail – when lightning occurs in a stormy sky, a bumblebee flies, or a water-balloon bursts? We do not know. Our eyes cannot see very fast motion. This two-part Terra X-documentary reveals a fantastic universe through the lens of a new, high-speed camera in which everything has been slowed down in the extreme. The Weisscam makes motion visible which is a thousand times faster than our eyes: a cat leaping, a car during a crash test, a boxer landing a blow on his opponent’s face, the shock wave of an explosion. The details which the new camera technology reveals fascinate us not only with their beauty, but they also make it easier to understand physical and technical processes. The new program reveals natural wonders and paves the way for scientific findings. This documentary takes the viewer on a fascinating journey into the parallel world on our doorstep. It also shows, in stunning images and exciting experiments, what holds our world together at its core.

Broadcast date 11. und 18. März 2012 19:30 im ZDF
Length 2 x 45'
Written and directed by: Dr. Luise Wagner
Editorial advisor: Alexander Hesse, Sonja Trimbuch (ZDF)
Production: Ulrike Römhild
Line producer: Anke Meyer
Executive producer: Hartmut Klenke
Filming location: Deutschland