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Old 10-23-08, 11:48 AM   #1
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Has Anyone Built a Time Slicing (Bullet Time) Photography Rig?

I'm looking to build a time slicing rig just for schnizngiggelz (actually to hopefully make some cool cycling videos someday).

If you don't know what time slicing is (also known as "bullet time"), it's the photography technique they that was popularized in The Matrix:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhxbYTMNMxo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet_time

Has anyone made their own ghetto-fab(ricated) setup?

I'm thinking of using either a slew of disposable film cameras or shelling out the $$$ for a bunch of "inexpensive" $100 digital camcorders... The disposable cameras would be cheaper but then i'd have to devise a way to press 30-60 shutter release buttons all at the same time. The camcorders would be more expensive, but capturing a scene would be much much easier...

I was thinking of picking up afew of these and trying them out:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...3256&CatId=129
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Old 10-23-08, 11:49 AM   #2
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Yeah, but I was trying to make jello instant pudding. I suck at cooking.
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Imagine a video of a bowl of jellow pudding hitting you in the face and being frozen in time.
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Now that would be INSTANT pudding.
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especially if done with a polaroid.
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How about a bunch of web-cams? They can be had in wireless versions and easy to capture all of them simultaneously (they'll each have different IP).

The capturing is the easy part. The really tricky stuff is the interpolation software that generates frames in between the cameras.
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Disposables are the way to go.
Cut into the cases so you can get ahold of the shutter release leads, and connect them to cheap flash slaves (see below) to trigger the shutter. The flash slaves will eliminate the need of having to physically wire the cameras together to simultaneously synch the shot.

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^^^I was thinking of that...

But don't most disposable cameras use a mechanical shutter trigger?
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Canon Powershot S60 $8-$22


You can also use the photoslave to trip shutter on cameras that have bulb release jacks if you wire a plug to the slave.
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That's just the battery... I already searched that earlier and got super excited about the price only to be disappointed by the fact that the were just the batteries or chargers.

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Damn, I missed that too, sorry.
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FYI, there are disposable digital cameras that can be hacked to be non-disposable. They can be had for about $35 apiece, I think.
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