DIY Bullet Time Rig Uses a Ceiling Fan Motor and a GoPro
It's not quite The Matrix, but it's a very cool effect on the cheap
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Ever since The Matrix came out, people have been fascinated by the concept of “bullet time.” You surround an object with a ring of cameras, firing them all at the same time and stitch them into a video so it looks like a single moment frozen in time. It usually takes a team of people and an army of cameras, but one clever DIY enthusiast found a way to do it on the cheap.
Before we go any further, I should be clear that the results aren’t exactly cinema-quality. And the rig is small, so you can’t go making your own action movie unless you plan on using action figures. But, the effect is still really cool. Basically, a GoPro camera, two lights, and a background are attached to a spinning platform powered by a ceiling fan motor.
Once the rig is spinning at full speed, an object is placed in the center. Because the platform is spinning so fast, it’s almost like the photos are being taken at the same time.
I personally love stuff like this and would love to see a high-end version. It actually reminds me a lot of the 360-degree photography set-ups used to do some high-end product shooting. Only a lot faster.