Japan's public television broadcaster, NHK, has developed an array of video cameras that are synchronized to create "bullet time" shots like those popularized in the film The Matrix.
Video shot using the system can be used to create an effect where the subject freezes and the camera angle pans around it, commonly called "bullet time" after a famous Matrix scene. NHK has used the system with a dozen cameras synched together.
The system links its multiple cameras, each on motorized mounts, so that they can be operated by a single cameraman. One of the cameras is chosen as the master, which the others use for positioning and auto focus. Once the video is shot it is sent directly to a computer system, which can generate a clip in about a minute.
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