May 16, 2013

The World’s Smallest Movie


I remember in the early 80’s “drawing” on an IBM PCjr, fastidiously pecking out pixel after pixel. Now the company behind that artistic juggernaut has taken that approach to an insane extreme:

You’re about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film. The ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM’s research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times. A movie made with atoms.

The making-of is fascinating:

Presumably, notes Adobe video PM Al Mooney, it was edited in Premiere Proton. ;-)

Posted by John Nack at 6:36 AM on May 16, 2013


  • Cosmo — 6:56 AM on May 16, 2013

    This was big news two weeks ago.

    [Thanks for being a jerk about it. (Do you suppose there’s any legitimate reason I didn’t share it sooner—other news here, maybe?) –J.]

  • Craig — 8:19 AM on May 16, 2013

    For every hater there are many more of us who are grateful for your efforts here, even if we remain silent most of the time. Thanks for the post.

  • Phil Scarsbrook — 8:34 AM on May 16, 2013

    I too am not happy with the recent marketing decisions made by corporate Adobe, however I continue to hold great respect for the engineers, programmers, and product teams. I find this blog to be both educational and entertaining and admire John for continuing to stick his neck out as a public face for Adobe.

  • Ken — 12:48 PM on May 16, 2013


    Thought Adobe folks would like to know the Cohen brothers are switching to Adobe for next movie


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