Storm Highway Extreme Weather Stock Footage

Slow-Motion Lightning Stock Footage (from High-Speed Cameras)

The following footage selections were filmed on a professional high-speed camera in CinemaDNG RAW. Slow-motion footage reveals dazzling features of lightning that are invisible to the human eye, including downward-propagating stepped leaders, upward leaders, recoil leaders, return stroke M components and upward leaders from tall objects.

#1500-ILL-043019 - Daytime and nighttime cloud-to-ground bolts in Illinois

Footage Catalog Number:: #1500-ILL-043019
Date filmed: April 30, 2019
Location: Watson, Illinois
Framerate: 1,500 fps
Resolution: 720p
Source: CinemaDNG
Class: Slow Motion

Description: Thunderstorms produce cloud-to-ground lightning from late afternoon into the nighttime hours east of the St. Louis metro area.

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#1500-TXL-032219 - Upward and downward lightning in Amarillo, Texas

Footage Catalog Number:: #1500-TXL-032219
Date filmed: May 22, 2019
Location: Amarillo, Texas
Framerate: 1,500 fps
Resolution: 720p
Source: CinemaDNG
Class: Slow Motion

Description: Spectacular ground-to-cloud (upward) positively-charged lightning rises from tall broadcast towers in Amarillo, Texas at night during a March severe thunderstorm. Daytime cloud-to-ground bolts descend among wind turbines in the Texas Panhandle. Included are realtime (30fps) shots of the upward bolts.

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#1500-ILL-050219 - Close cloud-to-ground bolts with upward ground leaders

Footage Catalog Number:: #1500-ILL-050219
Date filmed: April 30, 2019
Location: New Baden, Illinois
Framerate: 1,500 fps
Resolution: 720p
Source: CinemaDNG
Class: Slow Motion

Description: This footage reveals the downward-moving negatively-charged stepped leader phase of a lightning strike as well as the initiation of upward ground leaders rising to meet the stepped leader. Another bolt hits a tree, lingering unusually long with pulsing brightness as current peaks and wanes within in the channel (M components).

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#3800-MSL-041319 - Cloud-to-ground lightning barrage at Vicksburg, Mississippi

Footage Catalog Number:: #1500-MSL-041319
Date filmed: April 13, 2019
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Framerate: 3,800 fps / 5,900 fps
Resolution: 450p / 360p
Source: CinemaDNG
Class: Slow Motion

Description: Vivid cloud-to-ground bolts strike from a tornadic supercell thunderstorm east of Vicksburg, Mississippi during an April severe weather outbreak. Includes clips captured at 3,800 and 5,900 frames per second.

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High-Speed Footage Details

Unlike cell phones, professional high-speed cameras capture the entire sensor area with a global shutter, with no line interpolation or compression. The CinemaDNG format allows for a wide array of post-processing options. Footage is available for delivery in native RAW, CinemaDNG sequence, unprocessed TIFF sequence, post-processed TIFF sequence (color grading and sensor banding correction) and algorithmically-upscaled 1080p TIFF sequence formats. The Youtube sample clips are rendered from the processed and algorithmically-upscaled 1080p sequences.

High-speed cameras offer faster performance with increased cropping of the active sensor area. This allows capture of higher-framerate footage with the compromise of smaller frame sizes. The native temporal and spatial resolution combinations represented in this catalog are as follows:

Frames per second
Resolution
Frame size
1,500 fps720p1280x720
3,800 fps450p800x450
5,900 fps360p600x360
All resolutions are in a 16x9 aspect ratio.

Each catalog number on this page begins with the framerate of the captured footage.

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