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Combining 5000+ Super Mario Bros Speedrun Attempts Into One Video

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 29, 2021

YouTube user FlibidyDibidy took 193 hours of footage of his Super Mario Bros speedrun attempts (that’s 5162 separate attempts) and merged them all into one five-minute video.

This was not easy to do. For instance; when you have 41 million frames — even if something takes only one second — you’re looking at well over a year of computer time alone. Most frames were processed in much less than a second, but some had to be done by hand to train the system and oh man I could go on forever on how it was made.

Here’s a making-of video where you get to see the custom software he built to make the merged speedruns. The best comment on YouTube:

There’s a real “Hundreds of Sea Turtle hatchlings trying to survive their walk to the ocean” vibe to this video

I love these sorts of videos…I did a whole post on “time merge media” back in 2008. (via waxy)