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How to Fake Matrix-Style Bullet-Time Effects Without a Hollywood Budget

Five months ago, the Russian/Ukrainian musical group 5’Nizza released a music video for their track, Samoliot, featuring a series of mishaps that were seemingly frozen in time. But while the action was paused, the artists themselves continued to sing as the camera moved around them. It was a clever take on the…

How to Use a Swinging iPhone to Create a Low-Budget Bullet-Time Effect

Earlier this month a Swiss freeskier named Nicolas Vuignier posted an amazing YouTube video featuring bullet-time footage of a run down a snow-covered mountain. More impressive than the video, though, is the simple rig Vuignier designed and built to capture that footage with just a single iPhone.

Fire breathing in bullet time looks so completely bad ass

It’s a universal rule that even after all these years, everything looks cooler in bullet time. Time stops! Perspectives get reversed! And when this dude is breathing fire in bullet time, it looks like a maniacal orange fiery beast is being excised from the guy’s body. It’s a really bad ass look.

Combining gymnasts and bullet time is how you break gravity

And here I thought simple slow motion was enough to make gymnasts and breakdancers and parkour athletes look awesome. Nope. You need to add some bullet time action to turn up the intensity knob to the point where it looks like gravity is completely broken.

Beautiful spinning video of New York makes me go both ooooh and barf!

This beautiful new commercial from Nokia uses the same principle of bullet time—the effect made popular by the movie The Matrix—but in a different way: Instead of freezing a moment in time, the rig is built to give the illusion that the world is spinning. It's pretty, but it can make you a bit dizzy.

NASA Engineers Built an Insanely Complex Bullet-Time Rig For Fun

Back in May, our friend and ex-NASA JPL engineer Mark Rober, figured out a way to shoot "bullet time" videos on the cheap, with a ceiling fan, a pair of flashlights, and a GoPro. Pretty damn creative, but the rig had its limitations. So Mark set out to find a way to create a similar set-up, this time using a high-end…

This Matrix-style rig creates 'bullet time' GIFs with 130 smartphones This Matrix-style rig creates 'bullet time' GIFs with 130 smartphones

In an effort to show off its powerful Snapdragon 600 processors, Qualcomm recently constructed a 540-degree bullet time photo booth using 130 HTC One smartphones. And then they let the residents of Venice Beach go to town with it.

Playing with Your Dogs in Matrix-style Bullet Time Looks So Fun Playing with Your Dogs in Matrix-style Bullet Time Looks So Fun

Slow motion and Matrix-style bullet time was invented for this and this only: dogs. As in playing with dogs and recording them in bullet time with 52 GoPro cameras set up to freeze time. The video itself is already fun (if you have a heart) but the behind the scenes footage is almost just as interesting (if you like…

This Clever Camera Array Will Bullet-Time Everything This Clever Camera Array Will Bullet-Time Everything

Despite those two sequels, the original The Matrix is still a visual feast with its action-freezing bullet time sequences. And just like with slow motion, everything is cooler when filmed in bullet time, so Japan's NHK has developed a multi-viewpoint robotic camera system that can be easily setup at live events.

A 625 Pinhole Camera Rig Is the Craziest Way to Shoot Bullet Time Video A 625 Pinhole Camera Rig Is the Craziest Way to Shoot Bullet Time Video

We've seen a few crazy bullet time rigs in our day, but this one might take the cake both for "coolest" and "most over the top." For the music video of London Grammar's “Wasting My Young Years” photographers put together a setup that used a whopping 625 pinhole cameras to awesomely stop time. It's ridiculous.

How to Stop Time With a Ceiling Fan, Two Flashlights and a Camera How to Stop Time With a Ceiling Fan, Two Flashlights and a Camera

Remember the now ubiquitous bullet time effect in the Matrix? That technique requires dozens of cameras and other expensive gear, but JPL engineer, inventor and Gizmodo friend Mark Rober, figured out how to do it for just a few dollars.

How To Film Bullet Time Action Shots With an Army of Go-Pros How To Film Bullet Time Action Shots With an Army of Go-Pros

Ever since The Matrix, it's been something of an action movie staple to have slow-down-swing-around-the-subject shots. And it's not even that hard to pull off, if you have a veritable army of GoPros anyway. That's how Marc Donahue and Permagrin Films did it, and the results are pretty neat.

Bullet Time Light Painting Makes Beautiful 3D Graffiti Bullet Time Light Painting Makes Beautiful 3D Graffiti

Light painting is a cool effect and all, but we're seen enough of it that it's getting close to oh-god-not-another-lens-flare territory. But light painting mixed with bullet time, to create 3D light graffiti? Totally fresh and gorgeous.

Watch Surfers Ride Waves Like the Bullet Time Scenes from the Matrix Watch Surfers Ride Waves Like the Bullet Time Scenes from the Matrix

Rip Curl and TimeSlice Films filmed surfers riding real waves with 30 GoPro HD cameras and created an effect very similar to the Bullet Time sequences in The Matrix. It's jaw droppingly awesome.

Toshiba Advances Bullet-Time to Next Level In Ad Filmed By 200 Camcorders Toshiba Advances Bullet-Time to Next Level In Ad Filmed By 200 Camcorders

Toshiba's new "timesculpture" advert takes The Matrix's Bullet Time film technique one bizarrely cool step forward by animating within the freeze-frame. It was filmed with 200 Gigashot camcorders arranged on a special rig, recording a mahoosive 20 terabytes of data from which the ad was composed. Check it out—it's…

More Footage Of Wanted's Stupid, Beautiful Violence

The new Russian trailer for June's super-assassin movie Wanted shows off a level of brain-splattering poetic violence that wouldn't be allowed in an American trailer. Just look at how much it fetishizes the bullet — it's like the bullet-time from The Matrix, except this time the bullet itself is the star. This version…

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