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Ultra High-Speed Cameras Make The Intricacies of TV Understandable

Ultra High-Speed Cameras Make The Intricacies of TV Understandable

The television is one of the most ubiquitous electronic devices ever created. Within this country, it’s a rare home that doesn’t have a TV, or a computer monitor acting as a television. However, there are very few people who take the time to actually learn how a television works, because frankly, it’s both complicated and taken for granted. As long as the TV is functional, what does it matter?

Well it matters to The Slow Mo Guys. The duo is turning their high-speed cameras and focus towards television in a new video because it’s fascinating how TV fools us into believing illusions of motion and color.

In the video, host Gavin Free takes the time to closely examine three different televisions. Starting with a classic CRT TV, Free filmed his co-host playing a game of Super Mario Bros. When that footage is slowed down, it reveals how each individual frame forms onscreen, which happens far too quickly for the naked eye to perceive. The speed of the series of still images fools our brains into seeing motion.

The illusion of color was more apparent in a large screen 4K LED TV. With specialized lenses, Free was able to demonstrate that every color was made up of subpixels comprised of red, green, and blue (RGB). Millions of colors are formed onscreen by various combinations of these RGB subpixels. Perhaps the most impressive television that Free looked at though was the LG OLED TV G7 that he received for this video. On the OLED screen, each of the subpixels is self-illuminating. That means it can display an even greater range of colors and blacks, and it can also come with an even thinner screen.

What do you think about the latest video by the Slow Mo Guys? Let us know in the comment section below!

Images: The Slow Mo Guys

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