Normally The Slow Mo Guys release videos of goofy shit filmed using super high-end, eye-popping cameras—wrecking balls, paintballs, people getting hurt, all in sumptuously crisp slow-motion. Their new video puts all their obsessive technology know-how to decidedly more educational use, however, training their freakishly good equipment onto screens themselves, illustrating how exactly the screens we spend enormous quantities of time looking at operate. The launch-point for the discussion is fairly basic—that moving images are comprised of many static images shown in sequence—but the video zeros in with exacting detail on the way different types of screens actually draw those static images. From there, they hop to the ways these screens trick our brains into perceiving color, this time using outrageous close-up shots instead of outrageous slow-motion ones.
It’s much more fun to watch than it is to read about, with plenty of grainy close-up images of monitors feeling like a gritty techno-thriller about, um, monitor technology. It will leave you either yearning for an OLED screen or yearning to watch something much stupider, like a video of someone getting a soccer ball thrown at their face. Fortunately, they’ve got that, too.