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How To Film A 60-Mile-Per-Hour Cat

It's a lot like shooting a car chase.

Posted on November 27, 2012, at 4:46 p.m. ET

National Geographic just released a short, fantastic video of a cheetah:

It was filmed using a super-slow-motion Phantom camera, and it's mesmerizing:

Almost as cool as the footage is the way it was captured:

Says Nat Geo: "Combining the resources of National Geographic and the Cincinnati Zoo, and drawing on the skills of a Hollywood action movie crew, we documented these amazing cats in a way that’s never been done before.

Using a Phantom camera filming at 1200 frames per second while zooming beside a sprinting cheetah, the team captured every nuance of the cat’s movement as it reached top speeds of 60+ miles per hour.

The extraordinary footage that follows is a compilation of multiple runs by five cheetahs during three days of filming."

Now you know: