Areas of Science Photography, Digital Photography & Video
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A video camera records 30 "frames" or distinct images per second. (That's for an NTSC camera in the U.S. PAL cameras in other areas of the world take 25 frames per second.) You can use this fact to time events and measure speed. One student has used a video camera to measure the speed of an arrow shot from a bow. The following project can help you set up your experiment: Distance and Speed of Rolling Objects Measured from Video Recordings .

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Science Buddies Staff. "Measuring Speed with a Video Camera." Science Buddies, 20 Nov. 2020, https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Photo_p016/photography-video/measuring-speed-with-a-video-camera. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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Last edit date: 2020-11-20

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