Digital iPhones Music, , , , , , , — July 18, 2011 9:54 — 0 Comments

Good vibrations: iPhone 4 captures twanging guitar strings

From a filming perspective, Apple’s iPhone lens can perhaps go where no other camera can go – remember Majek Pictures dropping it into the bottom of a wine glass to get that perfect wine-pouring shot in an early Goldilocks episode?

Kyle, a talented guitarist, had the inspired idea of placing an iPhone 4 in the sound hole of an acoustic guitar and then strumming on the strings.

The oscillation effect is not actually what the strings are doing, the strings look wavy because the iPhone‘s rolling shutter isn’t exposing the entire string all at once, but in a slightly different rate from their vibration.

It’s similar to the way spinning wheels look when shot on film — as if they’re spinning backwards.

On his YouTube channel, Kyle explains how he got the shot:

  • You must have the strings brightly backlit to get the camera to capture at such a high frame rate (pure conjecture). You can see how the effect fades when the buildings come into view
  • Use a pencil [to position the iPhone inside the guitar]
  • This was used with the front facing camera, try the back camera, it may capture better!

The dude can strum too, and apart from getting loads of hits on ’Tube, he has also instigated a heated scientific debate on vibrations!
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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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