Trebuchet in Action! High-speed Video with the Nikon 1 V1

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We got my dad a model trebuchet last year as a holiday gift, and I got to see it in action this weekend. It occurred to me that my Nikon 1 V1 will shoot high-speed video clips (400 fps)… and I thought that the siege weapon would be fun to record.

As an interesting aside, when I was working on my doctoral dissertation, I needed to record high-speed video (500 fps) of the escape reflex in fish. At the time, our lab had to come up with nearly $16,000 to get a black and white video camera capable of high-speed recording. Moreover, I had to transfer each clip from the memory buffer (there was no removable storage on it) to videotape with a VCR, then re-digitize each clip back into a computer for analysis later. It’s amazing how far we’ve come in such a short time.

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5 thoughts on “Trebuchet in Action! High-speed Video with the Nikon 1 V1

  1. Impressive. Yes indeed it is amazing how the capabilities in the hands of consumers (both in cameras and other devices) has reached incredible levels.

    BTW, how does the trebuchet not “hold” the projectile and simply throw it into the ground? I have trouble seeing how it releases the projectile.

    Thanks for the post.

  2. I believe the thread on one side of the sling is loose and releases the projectile. You can see the sling open up in the video.

  3. And don’t forget that the requisite counterweight is exactly 78 pennies, per the instructions.

  4. Sadly, the video didn’t work: “We are unable to connect to the content you’re requested. …”

    Sic Transit Gloria!

    Another day maybe?!

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