Charlotte Hannah
November 28, 2012

Cheetahs Running in Slow Motion (VIDEO)

Photo credit: National Geographic

The cheetah is best known for being the world’s fastest land mammal. This big cat is capable of running at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour — so fast that, to the human eye, a sprinting cheetah just looks like a blur. But with a high-speed camera to slow things down, it’s an entirely different story.

National Geographic and the Cincinnati Zoo, along with the resources of a Hollywood film crew, teamed up to show us exactly what a sprinting cheetah looks like — right down to the rippling muscles, pointed tail and pounding paws. The result is this beautiful, high-definition video of cheetahs in motion.

Check it out:

Cheetahs on the Edge–Director’s Cut from Gregory Wilson on Vimeo.

The video was made over the course of three days, and the final footage includes five separate cheetahs, each sprinting at over 60 miles per hour. The crew used a Phantom high speed camera and filmed the cheetahs at 1200 frames per second to capture every detail of their movement.