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If you watch one thing today, make it this incredible new Nike ad

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2020 hasn't been a good year for sports, with countless events cancelled or postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Nike's latest ad is a tribute to perseverance in the face of adversity – and not only is it a timely dose of inspiration, but it's also a marvel of video editing.

Featuring a split screen, the 90-second ad, titled You Can't Stop Us, seamlessly combines over 70 sports clips. These are placed side-by-side to create the impression of a single shot (check out our best laptops for video editing and the best video editing software options if you're inspired to create a masterpiece of your own). The ad ends with the words: 'You can't stop sport,' with a handwritten 'us' quickly replacing the final word.

The team at Wieden + Kennedy combed through over 4,000 pieces of sports footage to create the 36 frames, which are designed to highlight how "sport unites us". From Serena Williams to Cristiano Ronaldo, the ad features footage of various sports personalities in action, with the brilliant editing highlighting the parallels between many sports (one particularly ingenious moment sees footage of a discus thrower merge seamlessly with that of a ballerina).

Narrated by American footballer Megan Rapinoe, the ad covers various themes including diversity, the coronavirus pandemic (workers in hazmat suits are seen spraying down empty stadium seats), and the Black Lives Matter movement. "We know things won't always go our way," Rapinoe announces. "But whatever it is, we'll find a way. And when things aren't fair, we'll come together for change." Here's how the creative community has come together in support of Black Lives Matter.

The ad has already proved a huge hit online, with almost 40 million views on YouTube in just four days. Users have taken to Twitter (below) to heap praise on the video, with many blown away by the editing. 

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If the immediate response is anything to go by, Nike's latest could well go down as one of the greatest sports ads ever. 2020 has been a trying time for most, with many of us now adjusting to the 'new normal' of life after lockdown (here's where to buy a face mask if you're not already covered). Nike's ad isn't just an incredible example of technical wizardry, but it's a welcome message of hope in difficult times.

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Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is senior news editor at Creative Bloq, and an authority on all things art, design, branding and tech. He has a particular penchant for Apple products – some corners of the internet might call him an 'iSheep', but he's fine with this. It doesn't bother him at all. Why would it? They're just really nicely designed products, okay? Daniel is also a comedian and national poetry slam champion, and his favourite Bond is, obviously, Sean Connery.