ARLINGTON, Va. — To record what happens in a crash — an event that unfolds in a fraction of a second — IIHS uses sophisticated high-speed cameras combined with a custom-designed lighting system. A new web video explores what it takes to produce the high-quality, slow-motion footage needed to learn exactly what happened in a crash test and to communicate those findings to the media and the public.
"Inside IIHS: Crash test photography" takes viewers on a tour of the process, explaining how crash tests are recorded from a variety of angles, both outside and onboard the vehicle. It also shows the studio where post-crash photos of the vehicle are taken and the post-production room, where the broadcast-quality footage is edited.
The video is available on the IIHS YouTube channel and is part of the "Inside IIHS" series. Previous installments have focused on crash test dummies, crash test prep, the propulsion system used to power the tests and other topics.