How a Pinball Machine works in Slow Motion - The Slow Mo Guys


Gav whips out the Phantom and proves that some strange things happening on a pinball machine when viewed in Slow Mo! The first 1000 people to use this link will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium Membership:
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How a Pinball Machine works in Slow Motion - The Slow Mo Guys


  • thepinballroom
    thepinballroom3 klukkustundum síðan

    LOVE THIS VIDEO!! Sooo cool! thank you for doing this! I love pinball and am attempting to build my own from scratch rn! I just started posting videos of my project, trying to make it approachable for everyone not just super techies. Would love feedback and comments on what folks would like to see as I document the journey.

  • Hello,World!
    Hello,World!5 dögum síðan

    For almost the entire video, I was wishing that you knew what a live catch was. And then you showed it in slow-mo! I was not disappointed.

  • El Hopper
    El Hopper5 dögum síðan

    I used to spend hours playing the windows pinball game. The nostalgia from seeing that video was intense

  • LamersTom
    LamersTom8 dögum síðan

    Many thanks for this video

  • Nico
    Nico9 dögum síðan

    Every time I go to a pier or something I always look for the pinball machines, so this is 100% MY VIDEO

  • Alternative Srooty
    Alternative Srooty9 dögum síðan

    Can we all agree that pinball machines are so beautiful in a “miniature pov”

  • Øyvind Svanevik
    Øyvind Svanevik10 dögum síðan

    A pinball machine looks simple, but is a lot more advanced than what it looks like.

  • James Mikele
    James Mikele11 dögum síðan

    Slow Mo Guys videos aren't quite the same without Dan in them.

  • Chimborgne
    Chimborgne11 dögum síðan

    Amazing shots Gav, thank you

  • Wigadama
    Wigadama12 dögum síðan

    I wish everyone who clicked on this video the most love, peace and abundance. You’re so much closer than you realize.

  • gbilo24
    gbilo2417 dögum síðan

    What? There's a fan in the lamp?

  • BESTYOfficial
    BESTYOfficial18 dögum síðan

    if you just Posted this video of just youy playing, and no slow mo, id Still watch this

  • Check Marc
    Check Marc20 dögum síðan

    He's a pinball wizard!

  • tjwright
    tjwright22 dögum síðan

    This really illustrates the violence involved in the parts, and why they break down so often.

  • The Bobcat
    The Bobcat22 dögum síðan

    The cinematography of this is video is beautiful.

  • Lou JustLou
    Lou JustLou22 dögum síðan

    By far, my favorite Slo Mo video.

  • Renville80
    Renville8023 dögum síðan

    Awesome video, Gav. You seriously need to make a follow up video using an old Gottlieb or Williams electromechanical pinball. Think of all the relays, mechanical reels, and the master ‘score motor’.

  • Gamers latest news
    Gamers latest news24 dögum síðan

    0:42 what game is this

  • Byron Wellburn
    Byron Wellburn25 dögum síðan

    I know nothing about this game - goes on for half hour about all the different zones and hits 🤣😂

  • Js1savo
    Js1savoMánuði síðan

    Where is his freind?

  • No Name
    No NameMánuði síðan

    He just did this to show his amazing score on pinball lol

  • David Thomas
    David ThomasMánuði síðan

    You should see a old mechanic pinball

  • Dr. Hannibal Lester
    Dr. Hannibal LesterMánuði síðan

    Where's Dan been?

  • Bolt


    19 dögum síðan

    Due to Covid he's been unable to fly to the US for filming.

  • Laser Shark
    Laser SharkMánuði síðan

    The fact that the slow mo sounds are fake make me sad

  • Mr bbgum
    Mr bbgumMánuði síðan

    I Live in Canada have an uncle named Ed who has a pinball machine lmao that coincidence made me play it back twice

  • Anthony Torres
    Anthony TorresMánuði síðan

    This is 100% the most interesting video I will and have ever seen in my life..

  • Eric Emery
    Eric EmeryMánuði síðan

    This is who you need to record!

  • chillerinstinct1
    chillerinstinct1Mánuði síðan

    01:17 does your Flash flood light have a cooler? 😅

  • StingingCashew
    StingingCashewMánuði síðan

    Now I want a pinball machine

  • Emmanuel James
    Emmanuel JamesMánuði síðan

    Tom Green?? 😂😂😂😂

    XAVIERMánuði síðan

    This video deserves way more views than it has

  • Little Vampire
    Little VampireMánuði síðan

    i really hoped you would do this on a williams machine

  • The 25th Psychonaut
    The 25th PsychonautMánuði síðan

    The strangest part of some of this footage to me is seeing the ball travel upwards with the kind of momentum you'd expect at a "normal speed," but you're seeing it go so much slower, so your brain kind of expects it not to carry that kind of momentum and stop much earlier. But it just keeps going, really throwing off my intuition.

  • Jose Alanis
    Jose AlanisMánuði síðan

    When I was a kid, my parents would take me to this pizza place, and I would always play the addam's family pinball game. Thanks for the nostalgia and the interesting views into the mechanics

  • assbrass
    assbrass2 mánuðum síðan

    wow... jaw drop..

  • Notyet Skeletal
    Notyet Skeletal2 mánuðum síðan

    Facinating. Love those machines. The best one I've played was Lord of the Rings. I'm not into the movies but that was a really user friendly machine. Kinda like how Space Cadet was.

  • SerPurple
    SerPurple2 mánuðum síðan

    Gavin's camera skills are so satisfying. He gets perfect footage!

  • Tasker Smith
    Tasker Smith2 mánuðum síðan

    Measured speed of pinball: I heard Gav mention he counted the pinball bounce between pop bumpers 8x in a half second, but didn't hear a reference to the actual speed. Did you measure the top speed of the pinball in motion - and can you share that?

  • Robin Campfens
    Robin Campfens2 mánuðum síðan

    As a kid I visited a classmate her dad had an old pinball machine, and you could look inside thru the money door thing. So cool to see all those devices. I really was so amazed how much stuff was inside.

  • Ginny Jolly
    Ginny Jolly2 mánuðum síðan

    Gosh! Having been a prolific player of this kind of mechanical pinball machine, I thought you were going to show an older one that looks more like a pachinko game but only with pins, no wheels or levers.

  • PinBox 3000
    PinBox 30002 mánuðum síðan

    Its incredible how much everything moves and shifts in slow mo. No wonder pinball machines are difficult to maintain. Awesome video!

  • Ricardo Aguilar Munoz
    Ricardo Aguilar Munoz2 mánuðum síðan

    Now I want a pinball machine!!!

  • Saransh Gupta Bhagetra
    Saransh Gupta Bhagetra2 mánuðum síðan

    I think the things being said had to be written thoroughly... Very eloquent

  • spwndlove
    spwndlove2 mánuðum síðan

    I swear to god seeing that machine made me subconsciously smell arcade pizza

  • damandbass
    damandbass2 mánuðum síðan

    One two three four five, six seven eight nine ten, eleven tweeeeeeeelve!

  • Fishy Beats
    Fishy Beats2 mánuðum síðan

    Keep making videos. You guys are amazing

  • Im Almost Batman
    Im Almost Batman2 mánuðum síðan

    Well this is easily one of my all time favorite videos.

  • moha who
    moha who2 mánuðum síðan

    finding out that this is real and not just a windows xp video game gave me a life purpose to get one

  • blackdaan
    blackdaan2 mánuðum síðan

    crazyyyy !! great topic

  • Fizan Muhammed
    Fizan Muhammed2 mánuðum síðan

    10:21 you can see Gav using the camera

  • RamSLade on Blitz
    RamSLade on Blitz2 mánuðum síðan

    Pinball machines are one of the most interesting stuff in slow-mo, hands down.

  • Dark Stranger
    Dark Stranger2 mánuðum síðan

    Nice pinball machine, tho still not as complex as the old school machines, this one looks a little Chinsey by the way it constructed.

  • Dennis M
    Dennis M3 mánuðum síðan

    The music that plays on slow motion parts is very relaxing what's it called and is it playing slow mo too

  • Chad
    Chad3 mánuðum síðan

    So cool to see how it works

    MFDONKEY3 mánuðum síðan

    my RTX 2080 melted trying to watch in 8k! now i can only watch 144p

  • Mr Bally
    Mr Bally3 mánuðum síðan

    Gottlieb did this in the '60's & '70's to design more robust mechanisms and Target assemblies.

  • dudepersonvids
    dudepersonvids3 mánuðum síðan

    What I most appreciate about this one is how the sequence of different shots flows together. It's clear how much time and effort went into capturing all the mechanics and angles in different shots, which combine together to create a seamless sequence that very clearly illustrates how everything is working.

  • Valderice Costa
    Valderice Costa3 mánuðum síðan

    isn't that the same flashlight markiplier bought for his video?

  • Tossphate
    Tossphate3 mánuðum síðan

    Fair play for filming a live catch. You know your onions 👍

  • Dredge
    Dredge3 mánuðum síðan

    it's gotten to the point where in the intro Gav says "I am Gav" i pause the video and myself say "And i am Dan" and then resume.

  • demofilmpuntnl
    demofilmpuntnl3 mánuðum síðan

    what a great machine

  • J S
    J S3 mánuðum síðan

    Ed from Barenakedladies

  • Brandon Miklaski
    Brandon Miklaski3 mánuðum síðan

    This is the kind of video i subbed for so long ago

  • Gaming SHUBH
    Gaming SHUBH3 mánuðum síðan

    Where is dan

  • Abdullah Hamidaddin
    Abdullah Hamidaddin3 mánuðum síðan

    I miss that pc pinball game

  • Donald Trump’s Gooch Hair
    Donald Trump’s Gooch Hair3 mánuðum síðan

    I have this pinball machine and it is sooooooooo fun. Great vid

  • Rabid Llama
    Rabid Llama3 mánuðum síðan

    Fantastic cinematography, and you followed the most important rule of entertainment - save the knockers for the end.

  • Michael Kühne
    Michael Kühne3 mánuðum síðan

    Easy to learn, hard to master.

  • Decombustion
    Decombustion3 mánuðum síðan

    This is my favorite slomoguys video

  • ????????
    ????????3 mánuðum síðan

    This is probably THEE BEST and interesting video I've seen this year!!!

  • Ad Min
    Ad Min3 mánuðum síðan

    It must be strange to make these videos and then never look at something the same again, like a pinball flipper. What an amazing production!

  • Who?
    Who?3 mánuðum síðan

    Ayah pin

  • Shakercheese Gamer
    Shakercheese Gamer3 mánuðum síðan

    My grandma and cousin have a big pinball machine

  • Daniel Hügelmann
    Daniel Hügelmann3 mánuðum síðan

    A wonderful look at (and into) a pinball machine. Love the technicality!

  • Justine Salgarino
    Justine Salgarino3 mánuðum síðan

    I just tried to remove the mouse cursor at 0:41 I'm on my phone...

  • qiParo
    qiParo3 mánuðum síðan

    Gamer pinball rgb

  • kbahrami346
    kbahrami3463 mánuðum síðan

    Random similarity for you space junkies: the Canadarm2 (aka SSRMS: Space Station Remote Manipulator System) on the ISS robot arm's brakes use a high voltage (42V) to release the 7 joints' brakes and then a lower voltage (16V) to hold the brakes released with while the arm is in use. Continuous voltage to stay open is a safety design such that the brakes engage in a power loss scenario. The part where Gav talks about the flippers around 6:35 reminded me of our system though I am sure it is not the exact same architecture it does make me think of the SSRMS.

  • Jimbo
    Jimbo3 mánuðum síðan

    This video is awesome, shame it didn't hit 1m views.

  • Ryan Mahoney
    Ryan Mahoney3 mánuðum síðan

    It's amazing over all the years and modernization of pinball games they maintain all the basic mechanical components.

  • Joey Mormann
    Joey Mormann3 mánuðum síðan

    I find it odd that this is your first real pinball machine. I’ve known several people who had personal ones and there were many bars and arcades and restaurants from my childhood that had them. That’s crazy.

  • True North
    True North3 mánuðum síðan

    I have watched many of your videos over the years and this is probably my favorite. Well done!

  • Marked Ashamed
    Marked Ashamed3 mánuðum síðan

    As a Pinball fan that is now all shut down thanks to lockdowns, this is my favorite video.

  • Noah Rhoads
    Noah Rhoads3 mánuðum síðan

    Wow that was awesome. I knew itd be interesting but that was better than i thought

  • Pierre J.
    Pierre J.3 mánuðum síðan

    As a professionnal pinball and arcade machine operator, I find this fascinating, and somehow moving. Thanks a bunch!

  • Craig Manning
    Craig Manning3 mánuðum síðan

    As someone who has been buying, fixing and playing pinball games for over 20 years I thought I had a pretty good idea of the physics involved. That shot of the flipper rubber deforming was eye opening. Going to have to see if I can notice that in real time.

  • b9y
    b9y3 mánuðum síðan

    This is the best video you've done in my mind, next to the WWII tanks.

  • Chupie92
    Chupie923 mánuðum síðan

    Where's Dan been?

  • Paper Animals
    Paper Animals4 mánuðum síðan

    One of the pinball machines at a place near me is super frustrating to play because the ball frequently gets stuck behind the top flipper, and the game doesn’t recognize it, so you either got to shake the machine and loose whatever bonus you have, or wait 5 minutes for the game to say “lost ball” and give you another one which you can use to knock the first ball out of the crevasse. It’s the only one of the machines I’m actually decently good at too, so it’s annoying haha

  • irgendwerausbayern - someguyfrombavaria
    irgendwerausbayern - someguyfrombavaria4 mánuðum síðan

    I think a lot of people know that Windows Pinball game.

  • Saad Nabil
    Saad Nabil4 mánuðum síðan

    0:42 My childhood!

  • Saad Nabil
    Saad Nabil4 mánuðum síðan

    Have you seen that movie?

  • UnnamedBunny
    UnnamedBunny4 mánuðum síðan

    0:41 i player it too omg he revived my chilhood

  • Sam Haj
    Sam Haj4 mánuðum síðan

    OMG NOOOOO 3D pinball was my liiiiiife as a kid

  • Samraj Vincent
    Samraj Vincent4 mánuðum síðan

    The best thing I have seen so far in YT.

  • swissaround
    swissaround4 mánuðum síðan

    amazing video never saw this so detailed 👍👍🔝🔝

  • M T
    M T4 mánuðum síðan

    Synthetic Sound 2.... yeah 😍

  • Matthew Wassel
    Matthew Wassel4 mánuðum síðan

    This is one of those machines that we try to figure out for about 10 seconds and then we give up and decide to just focus on the game

    EMAI TV4 mánuðum síðan

    I love this video

  • Lysa Lodge
    Lysa Lodge4 mánuðum síðan

    I love the computer pinball game I wish they would bring it back

  • Braeden Roesler
    Braeden Roesler4 mánuðum síðan

    My neighbor has an old pinball machine from like the 70s and it's amazing seeing all of the mechanics and wires in it, back before things could be condensed down to microcontrollers, etc.