12 Minutes of Slow Motion Honey Bees

I took a 3-minute video clip of honey bees coming and going from a hive entrance and stretched it out to 12 minutes. (I couldn’t stretch it out any further.) I replaced the slow motion soundtrack with the original normal speed soundtrack. (Then I looped it.) Then I tried to render the video file in a manner that would minimize the ghostly blur effect of the bees flying. (I still need to work on that.) The final 550mb WMV file was encoded at 720p HD and took several hours to upload to YouTube. I haven’t watched the video yet (because it’s 12 minutes long), but at 720p in full screen mode, it probably doesn’t look too bad.

P.S., The original video was 14 minutes long, but I made the last 20 seconds or so normal speed and then forgot to change the 14 in the title to a 12.

3 thoughts on “12 Minutes of Slow Motion Honey Bees

  1. Great video.
    How come your bees don’t fly smack into the front wall, like mine do? Some of my bees don’t seem to know how to decelerate. I thought it might be because they were flying heavy and were trying to avoid triggering the stall warning beeper. Perhaps its just that your landing board is wider than mine.

  2. I was talking to a beekeeper yesterday who described his bees in the same way. Half of his bees smack into the hive, nearly knock themselves out and then stagger and stumble inside. Maybe it’s young bees that haven’t learned to land yet.

  3. I just watched some of this in HD on a huge screen at work. Purty darn cool.

    Mud Songs, the website, looks very different on my work computer, though. And as expected, most of the special features don’t work properly or at all in Internet Explorer. Nobody should ever use Internet Explorer. It’s junk, and it makes all the hours I put in the design of Mud Songs pointless.

    I better get back to work.

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