I’d like to create 'The Matrix' bullet time style flipbooks on the cheap
January 13, 2013 8:09 PM Subscribe
Remember the time freeze sequences
introduced in the first Matrix movie? I’d like to quickly film, edit and print a flipbook as a giveaway.
posted by tinker to Technology (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The self-funded project doesn’t need to be pretty but must be functional in ~6 months... I think plenty of time if I don’t hit dead ends. Unfortunately, to get this done I’ve have a lot of learn’n to do so I’m hoping I can get some project kick-off pointers here.
1. A circular array of ~36 shutter synchronized video cameras film a ~5 second clip of the actor.
2. Film clips are collected on one computer
3. Actor selects the primary camera for the normal speed lead in
4. Actor selects the freeze point for the viewpoint pirouette
5. Movie frames are extracted and assembled into a final clip
6. Movie frames are printed ~12 per letter size sheet
1. External shutter sync.
3. 640x480 is probably plenty, more is better
4. ~24 fps is OK, ~48 would be nice for a slow motion lead in
5. Cheap or moderately priced if re-sellable
My guess is that the camera will need local memory to buffer the video instead of streaming to the computer.
1. Camera source? I’m hoping for DIY sources of a cell phone caliber camera. Something fancy like GoPro probably would be easy, but I’d have to float big bucks to buy-use-sell them.
2. Camera interface? I’m guessing Ethernet would be preferred.
3. Program language to edit the video in a Windows environment? I’m sure lots can do it, is there a favorite flavor? Again, cost is an issue. (I do have barely used copy of Visual Studio.net Professional v2003 in a box). I could probably justify more investment if I ended up learning some IEC 1131-3.
4. Other wisdom?
5. Am I crazy?