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

  • Ricardo Aguilar Munoz
    Ricardo Aguilar Munoz

    Now I want a pinball machine!!!

  • Saransh Gupta Bhagetra
    Saransh Gupta Bhagetra

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

  • spwndlove

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

  • damandbass

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

  • Fishy Beats
    Fishy Beats

    Keep making videos. You guys are amazing

  • Im Almost Batman
    Im Almost Batman

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

  • moha who
    moha who

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

  • blackdaan

    crazyyyy !! great topic

  • Fizan Muhammed
    Fizan Muhammed

    10:21 you can see Gav using the camera

  • RamSLade On Blitz
    RamSLade On Blitz

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

  • Dark Stranger
    Dark Stranger

    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 M

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

  • Chad

    So cool to see how it works


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

  • Mr Bally
    Mr Bally

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

  • dudepersonvids

    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 Costa

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

  • Tossphate

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

  • Dredge

    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

    what a great machine

  • J S
    J S

    Ed from Barenakedladies

  • Brandon Miklaski
    Brandon Miklaski

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

  • Lug Nutz
    Lug Nutz

    what's a wanker?

  • Gaming SHUBH
    Gaming SHUBH

    Where is dan

  • Abdullah Hamidaddin
    Abdullah Hamidaddin

    I miss that pc pinball game

  • Donald Trump’s Gooch Hair
    Donald Trump’s Gooch Hair

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

  • Rabid Llama
    Rabid Llama

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

  • Michael Kühne
    Michael Kühne

    Easy to learn, hard to master.

  • Decombustion

    This is my favorite slomoguys video

  • ????????

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

  • Ad Min
    Ad Min

    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?

    Ayah pin

  • Shakercheese Gamer
    Shakercheese Gamer

    My grandma and cousin have a big pinball machine

  • Daniel Hügelmann
    Daniel Hügelmann

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

  • Justine Salgarino
    Justine Salgarino

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

  • qiParo

    Gamer pinball rgb

  • kbahrami346

    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

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

  • Ryan Mahoney
    Ryan Mahoney

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

  • Joey Mormann
    Joey Mormann

    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.

  • Mississauga Reps 2002
    Mississauga Reps 2002

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

  • Marked Ashamed
    Marked Ashamed

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

  • Noah Rhoads
    Noah Rhoads

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

  • Pierre J.
    Pierre J.

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

  • Craig Manning
    Craig Manning

    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

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

  • Chupie92

    Where's Dan been?

  • Paper Animals
    Paper Animals

    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 - someguyfrombavaria

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

  • Saad Nabil
    Saad Nabil

    0:42 My childhood!

  • Saad Nabil
    Saad Nabil

    Have you seen that movie?

  • Gabe Newell
    Gabe Newell

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

  • Sam Haj
    Sam Haj

    OMG NOOOOO 3D pinball was my liiiiiife as a kid

  • Samraj Vincent
    Samraj Vincent

    The best thing I have seen so far in YT.

  • manfrediphotography

    amazing video never saw this so detailed 👍👍🔝🔝

  • M T
    M T

    Synthetic Sound 2.... yeah 😍

  • Matthew Wassel
    Matthew Wassel

    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


    I love this video

  • Lysa Lodge
    Lysa Lodge

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

  • Braeden Roesler
    Braeden Roesler

    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.

  • Xavian Marchetti
    Xavian Marchetti

    What ever happened to windows pinball? That was the greatest game when internet was down.

  • Anthony Baines
    Anthony Baines

    EA... 20 pounds for your next ball

  • gmc07joe

    What happen the the other bloke?

  • Berry Ggyhf
    Berry Ggyhf

    I about to get my first pin 🤘 les gooo

  • NicolaiAAA

    Me - Why is FIshows just now recommending this to me when I'm subscribed - OH MY GOD I REMEMBER THAT PINBALL GAME. XD

  • Kaladelia

    Oh god.... The memories of Spaceball

  • Joe Gilliver
    Joe Gilliver

    I never would ha thought watching a pinball Machine in slow motion would be so bloody fascinating.

  • experiment

    the reverse video of the shooting of the car on my channel. look and rate)

  • Javier EV
    Javier EV

    This video is a piece of art. It's beautiful.


    Amazingly intricate machine. I never realised!

  • MiloPaso

    Best video of the year

  • Clumsy Colours
    Clumsy Colours

    I wanna play pinball now

  • Nether

    It saddens me how few views this video has in comparison to their others! I found this to be remarkably interesting, loved the video

  • Stason

    More interesting than most of what I've seen this past ten years!

  • BenKirb AUTTP
    BenKirb AUTTP

    You guys currently live in Texas, but you shoot at 50fps? To be American, you have to shoot at 60fps.

  • Trevor Irish
    Trevor Irish

    What was the little vial of ochre liquid at 8:12???

  • Aaronisradder

    Why do I want to dedicate my life to building and designing pinball machines....

  • James Boone
    James Boone

    I spent many quarters playing pinball machines.

  • TexasPistolMassacre

    Gav, I'll be honest. i kept forgetting you were playing pinball on a physical machine, and i might have thought i was watching LetsPlay, not SlowMoGuys

  • Serob Boshnakyan
    Serob Boshnakyan

    you should go to the beach and do those extremley slow motions on the sand or while theres a crab on the sand by the water can you imagine all that in slow motion or when leafs are falling from trees that too

  • Jonathan Magee
    Jonathan Magee

    Loved pinball as a kid. Great video!

  • Kat Cuccia
    Kat Cuccia

    I feel like I could just watch Gav play pinball all day

  • Ivy Crane
    Ivy Crane

    I love pinball and this is honestly such a beautiful video.

  • melissa

    This was my favorite video of yours. You have made alot of incredible videos but this one just got first place 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  • RoboticMagus

    But where is the chocolate?

  • mute owl
    mute owl


  • You GNAR!
    You GNAR!

    Slomo guys no more

  • Daidarabotchi

    I love normal Slow Mo Guys videos, but I also love this style of mini-documentary. Really well-edited, super informative!

  • TwoJonz T.V.
    TwoJonz T.V.

    Never knew so much went into such a simple game. Simple designs to create complex reactions. So awesome.

  • Alex Constantin
    Alex Constantin

    That laowa gets some fantastic shots my god.

  • Brian Rietman
    Brian Rietman

    These guys are the new mythbuster

  • Dylan Nash
    Dylan Nash

    This deserves more views


    11:50 So there a mechanical "knocker" behind a digital screen. Why is a moving part still used if it doesn't affect the ball?

  • Senor_Onion

    The picture of Gav at 4:28 though

  • Matthew Waugaman
    Matthew Waugaman

    You should do a slow mo of a golf tee after a drive. It’d be cool to see why so many bounce so far away.

  • Sebano Von Piano
    Sebano Von Piano

    Skip stone in slow motion. Upvote so they may see

  • Dougal Tolan
    Dougal Tolan

    An old style, all electro-mechanical (no computery bits) machine has many many more wonders inside. Such as: A target that scores 5 on any digit needs a wheel with 5 lugs on it that trigger a +1 on the digit. Also the free game clack used to be a normal metal plunger solenoid aimed at the side wall of the main table enclosure.

  • Rance Villaruel
    Rance Villaruel

    I played that kind of pinball in my computer back when i was 7 or so.

  • Daniel’s Scootering vids
    Daniel’s Scootering vids

    Jesus is that u

  • Jurica Levak
    Jurica Levak

    You just gave a perfect closure for my '90s childhood! xD