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Jordan Wilson
How to: stop motion and rotate around a moving subject.
on Apr 1, 2011 at 5:10:33 pm

I'm trying to figure out how to do this effect. It's kind of hard to explain, but I'll do my best to try.

In a video, when the action "freezes" but the camera still moves to another angle, then the action resumes. I'm guessing it's some 3D keying/mapping technique. However, I'm not sure what the technique is called and what program can accomplish this.

Here's an example: Swamp People season two trailer, found here: http://www.history.com/shows/swamp-people/videos/season-2-trailer#season-2-...

Also, the World of Jenks intro is kind of similar:





Can you accomplish this in Motion? Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks.


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Stephen Smith
Re: How to: stop motion and rotate around a moving subject.
on Apr 1, 2011 at 5:21:54 pm

The Swamp People effect is called "bullet time" made famous by the Matrix. To do this effect you need a lot of cameras. Check out this video that shows bullet time with surfing, it is really cool:







Okay, now that you have watched it watch how they did it:







As for the other video, you achieve this effect by creating a still, separate the foreground images from the back ground images in a program like Photo shop. Then separate the layers z distance and add a camera move. Hope this helps and best of luck.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

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Jordan Wilson
Re: How to: stop motion and rotate around a moving subject.
on Apr 1, 2011 at 5:31:40 pm

Thanks for the reply, Stephen. I saw that surfing video a while back. Pretty sweet. I just saw another one with 30 cameras, can't find the link to it, though.

Is there a way you can use 2-3 cameras and get a similar (but obviously not as real-looking) effect?

So could Motion (or AE or any other program) simulate movements between the cameras?


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Stephen Smith
Re: How to: stop motion and rotate around a moving subject.
on Apr 1, 2011 at 8:26:23 pm

If you go with the 3 camera idea be sure to use a morphing plug-in to help go from one clip to the other. It will look a little funny.

You can always go with the 2d photo in a 3D environment look. Like this 3D photo move video I did:


Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials


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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: How to: stop motion and rotate around a moving subject.
on Apr 2, 2011 at 6:46:24 pm

Found this link from Graffiti Research Labs:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Enter-the-Ghetto-Matrix-DIY-Bullet-T...

Requires 24 with remote cable controls. An effect like this isn't for the faint of heart, but the strongly determined. Maybe you can get a bulk deal on the cameras? ;) Anyhow, cost is reportedly between $5-8k. We just finished a huge event last night using GRL's LED Throwie plans (and a ton of tape, batteries, LEDs, and magnets).

Jonathan Ziegler
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