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Freezing Time and Space Using a Bullet-Time Rig of 100 Digital Cameras

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Last week we shared a guest post by photographer Martin Legeer on how he built a Matrix-style bullet-time camera rig using 50 Canon DSLRs. Shortly afterward, Greek photographer Theodoros Tziatzios of Real Creations sent an email telling us about his own camera rig projects, which use double the number of cameras.

That’s right: a camera rig with 100 cameras for extremely smooth 360-degree views of subjects that freeze time and space.

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Earlier this year, Tziatzios and photographer George Hatzakis built one of the rigs for a 360° Timefreeze Project at the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens. Passersby could create their own “timefreezed” video for free and share it with friends.

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The team used nearly 100 Olympus digital still cameras arranged in a giant circular rig 9 meters (~29.5 feet) in diameter. All the cameras are wired together in a grid and triggered simultaneously.

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To produce an illusion of movement being frozen, turned, and resumed, the team used two video-capable DSLRs, placed on each side of the rig and aligned with the first and last cameras, respectively.

The rig was used to capture half a million photographs over the course of 13 days, resulting in 3,000 timefreezed videos.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video showing how it was built:

Want to see what this rig can do? Check out these two amazing sample reels:

You can find out more about Real Creations’ 360-degree rigs over on the company’s website.


Image credits: Photographs and videos by Theodoros Tziatzios/Real Creations and used with permission


 
 
  • Stan

    Now this is impressive.

  • AndyL

    wow

  • Max

    Everything is “Wow!” in its time.. then soon becomes monotonous. It never ceases to surprise me just how much the human race is addicted to novelty.

  • mototodo

    Portable Bullet-Time Rig FTW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/drdominikmuench Dominik Muench

    very nice results but hardly anything new. the wachowskis did this for the matrix over 10 years ago and before them Michel Gondry in a music video and before him Sam Peckinpah….

  • rtfe

    multiple cameras- Muybridge.

  • jason

    Really I wonder if that is why they said it is ‘Matrix’ style

  • jason

    where is the cool rig you built?

  • jimjamaroo

    Yet again people forget that it was Tim Macmillan who started the ‘Time Slice’ concept in 1981-84. He did not earn a penny from the wachowskis ‘borrowing’ of the technique, or much recognition afterwards.

    http://www.duckspool.com/duckspool/tutors/tim_macmillan/tim_macmillan_main.htm

  • jimjamaroo

    Tim Macmillan’s early work :

    http://vimeo.com/6165108

  • rtfe

    why would he earn “a penny” or anything for that matter. -not a question. no one pays anyone else for old ideas that get improved upon. welcome to earth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mtouriq Muchsin T. Assegaf

    Awesome!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/NormCooper Norm Cooper

    mine will have 360 Hassys, one for every degree.. i hear there are some left on the moon that I can use free

  • Hadi Nor

    If you can do it, why u just do it?

    Pointing out this is Wachowskis Gondry whatsoever, then?
    At least they learn and do something with the idea,

    not with the keyboards, like you.

  • jimjamaroo

    I meant that he did not patent any of the technology that he developed. He could have protected several aspects that would have entitled him to payment and recognition whenever it was used for commercials and feature film use…you heard of Intellectual Property earthling?

  • rtfe

    his loss, but good for all subsequent uses of the technology and the people who made it evolve even further

  • someguy

    aaand, this has to do with anything what exactly?

    Really, where does this deluded notion come from according to which one is only allowed to criticise X when one has done X?

  • Tobias

    I’ve got a great idea, well I think so.

    They should use this in movies, I mean they could have a rig like that around an actor and while you’re watching it in the cinema you can walk around the actor, well kind of.

    the movie would be kind of interactive so you could see things the actor sees or look around.. for example in a horror movie, you’d be “in it” :D

    Just had that crazy idea while watching this.

  • lidocaineus

    Seriously. It’s one of most basic logical fallacies out there – an ad hominem. If we all thought like “someguy” no one would be able to comment or criticize ANYTHING.

  • Theodoros Tziatzios

    @Dominik: Thank you for your comment. With your point of view, no photographer should take any pictures anymore because it has already been done in the past.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drdominikmuench Dominik Muench

    you misinterpret my point of view completely, probably because you have no idea where I stand ;) i didn’t criticise your work or the fact that you used this technology, as the first and last sentence makes quite clear. it was merely an observation regarding the history of the technology itself in reference to the article. In my opinion it doesn’t matter how may times an idea has been rehashed as long as the execution is nice to look at, which is the case here.

  • ietion

    Stunning work guys!!!

  • Eddie

    …This effect was used in Matrix!

  • digman

    do you think eadweard muybridge should earn something too?

  • Cinemaphotography

    Cinematographer Mikael Solomon did this in 1999 for a US Marines TV Spot because the “bullet Time” thing was big, but he wanted to sort it out himself. He did this with film cameras and strung them together in post.

  • http://twitter.com/theobserving pete n pete

    The relative “common” quality of such rigs does nothing to diminish how cool the results are. Very awesome.