How to? Freeze Time technique (0 moving subjects)

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Windex
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Hello,

Is there any way (without using cg models) to have a Frozen time effect where NOTHING/NO ONE is moving except the camera?

I don't want any Crazy "bullet time" or "Clockstoppers" effect. Just a very Subtle camera rotation (a Large Arc around the subject/s where you will see about 220 degrees of the object/subject (instead of 180 -which would be for a normal pic)

Hope I described it well. Again I don't want a crazy 360 (hi Mr. Bruckheimer) effect (frozen or otherwise) Just a regular camera movement (the target would also be MOVING at the same time) yet all the subject are still (so none of the actual subjects Are the target)

by traget i mean the term target when it's used in 3d programs (ex. 3dmax) to show where the camera is focused on) I should just stop now before confusing you (sorry if i su*k at describing it...human communication FAIL!....uh)

thanks for your help

Christian Lett
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The way this is done on shows like Heroes is remarkably low-tech. They literally just get everyone to freeze in position while they move the camera. Things like boxes falling over are practical props just made to look that way, and there's the odd bit of CGI in there for items that are floating in mid air, to help sell the effect.

Christian Lett After Effects and Maya Artist www.quarterlightpictures.com

PaulD
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Hi
As you say, bullet time involves a lot of still cameras arranged in an arc, with their shutters triggered simultaneously:
youtube.com/watch?v=cZh787eKeEw
youtube.com/watch?v=WhxbYTMNMxo&hl
A more in depth explanation:
youtube.com/watch?v=pYOdkWLfypU

If each still camera is pointed at a different part of the subject, then the camera position will change in time when the effect movie is assembled from the still shots.

Here's a couple of diy example tutorials:
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/kumar_satish/bullet_time.php
jushhome.com/nick/Tutorial/freezetime.asp

Windex
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Joined: Apr 5 2008

thanks for the replies, you're right, for easy to do poses that would be the way to go. (when the subject is not off balance or in the middle of a motion) I'll try it.

but i guesshere is no cheap way to do it if you want to have someone frozen in the middle of a kick/throw/action (Sports) (i only need 359 more cameras and i'm set..yay)

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Has anyone done any projects like this they can share?

fuddam
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Joined: Nov 19 2005

use 2 cameras slightly offset and morph the moment you freeze..........?

Windex
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Joined: Apr 5 2008

uuuuhhhhhh that is a GOOD IDEA

NICE!

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fuddam
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Joined: Nov 19 2005

lol. you might be playing a tad too much WOW ;)

I tried that idea before, using Vegas and winmorph, way back. Subject was someone doing a jump kick. Got idea off someone else's tutorial at the time, so no credit to me. Got the subject to execute jump kick multiple times from different angles. Worked quite well for a cheesey / cheap effect, but wasn't trying it seriously - just trying the logic out. Would like to see it done well.

hope you succeed :)