Bullet time (also known as frozen time, the big freeze, dead time, flow motion, or time slice) Is something I've been wanting to have a go at for sometime but the price of 20 cameras is a bit steep for something I just want to play with.
The bullet time effect was originally achieved photographically by a set of still cameras surrounding the subject. The cameras are fired sequentially, or all at the same time, depending on the desired effect. Single frames from each camera are then arranged and displayed consecutively to produce an orbiting viewpoint of an action frozen in time.
Then I thought that maybe I might be able to make it work with 20 web cams on the laptops in my computer class, the results are a bit rough but lots of fun.
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Step 1: Stuff You Will Need
If you have a computer class, it will make this a lot easier.
- 20 identical laptops with web cams
- 20 identical photo software as we have macs we use photo booth
- Enough tables to fit 20 lap tops on
- A brightly coloured marker on a stick
- 20 people who can follow instructions and are co-operative
- Either a network drive or USB drive
- Internet access or stop motion program
- Masking tape
- Good lighting