How do they do this?

Weldon wrote on 4/1/2011, 7:55 AM
I have seen this effect before and the most recent example is a trailer for the History show, Swamp People. The video goes to a point where it stops as a still image and then the image rotates up to 200 degrees and then goes back to video. There probably is a name for this effect, though I don’t know what it is. I have seen it used a couple of times and it looks really cool...LOL Is there a way to do this with Vegas or is it made with another plug in?


FrigidNDEditing wrote on 4/1/2011, 9:28 AM
this type of effect is commonly referred to as bullet time. It was more or less created in it's current form by the brothers who did the matrix movies.

At the time it was done with a series of dozens of DSLR's on a green screen set in a circle all firing simultaneously. Now it can be done with fewer cameras and tweening software to create frames in between the positions that are being captured (though this doesn't always work as well).


mjroddy wrote on 4/1/2011, 10:22 AM
I saw that "Swamp People" promo too and was amazed they achieved this effect on location like that. Nice.

Here are a couple links I've been keeping because I like this effect so much:

Gorgeous work.
richard-amirault wrote on 4/1/2011, 11:26 AM
I have my own "how do they do this"...

It's the 3D freeze frame that the camera trucks backward revealing even more items/people 'frozen' in 3D.

I say 3D in that the frozen objects, as the camera moves, reveal parts of the images that are farther back and were previously obscured by the foreground objects.
Weldon wrote on 4/1/2011, 3:29 PM
Wow...that vimeo link is unreal!
I want to do that!!! LOL
Does anyone have a link to a tutorial? I looked around on YT and found a couple though nothing looked as "pro" as how I would like.
Steve Mann wrote on 4/1/2011, 4:41 PM
All it takes is lotsa money to buy a whole bunch of cameras. Getting them to all shoot at the same time takes a little more.
A. Grandt wrote on 4/2/2011, 2:53 AM
Imagine these bullet time images in 3D. Normally I can't use 3d, as it'll give me a splitting headache, but for these shorter durations I can handle it.
You already have the images from two adjacent cameras, meaning in the video you more or less "just" have to use the images in sequence as Left and Right.
For instance:

Frame: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
L/R 1: L R
L/R 2: L R
L/R 3: L R
L/R 4: L R

Just a thought.

Easy to do. Set project to 3D. isolate the bullet time segment, duplicate track, move the top track 1 frame to the right, select the two, right click and select, "pair as Stereoscopic 3D subclip".
MacVista wrote on 4/2/2011, 7:40 AM
Unfortunately the chances of each pair of cameras being lined up in exactly the same way would be almost zero. Leading to huge problems with the 3D.

The technique of "timeslice" has actually been around for a while. It was John Gaeta, the SFX supervisor on the Matrix who christened his version "bullet time"
If you have the DVD of the Matrix there are some extras which explain "bullet time" and show how they did the shots for the movie.