Matrix 3D Orbit

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Matrix 3D Orbit

Postby VorpDAHACKA on 05/15/2011, 7:55 am

Greetings forum =P i was wondering how to achieve the 3d orbit effects as show in the "Matrix" movie.. really what i mean is how do I freeze people in mid air and orbit around them? ... Any Ideas ?
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Re: Matrix 3D Orbit

Postby Ben Wotton on 05/15/2011, 8:56 am

The way they did it is to get a lot of cameras in a circle around Keanu Reeves and switch between footage from the cameras so it looks like there is now camera spinning around.
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Re: Matrix 3D Orbit

Postby FACELESS on 05/15/2011, 9:02 am

Yeh they used loads of still cameras placed in a circle around keanu. And used each of the stills as a frame of video then added the bg and other elements in later on. Excactly what ben said lol
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Re: Matrix 3D Orbit

Postby thequestioner on 05/17/2011, 11:33 am

chrisfig wrote:And no offense but there's probably hundreds of articles about this topic, how to fake it in After Effects/3D/your mom's garage, what films it's been used in, how the technology has evolved, etc. Google is your friend :geek:


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Re: Matrix 3D Orbit

Postby Rob Neal on 05/17/2011, 12:13 pm

It's called "Bullet Time", and although there are ways to fake it on a basic level, either you get a really good relationship with Nikon or Canon to borrow 500 cameras for a week, or you win the lottery.
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Re: Matrix 3D Orbit

Postby Faust on 05/23/2011, 5:25 pm

There is a company in north hollywood called REEL EFX INC. They have a multicam setup which, according to their website, is pretty affordable.
EDIT: Just found another cool video by RFX. Remember freddiew's light warfare video? Imagine how much better it would have looked with those guys helping them!
However, it's not the only way the effect can be done. Take this video for example:

This was done with only five cameras.
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Re: Matrix 3D Orbit

Postby KebleTar on 06/12/2011, 9:47 am

Well, they did use a whole lot of still cameras in the first films, but this techniques is weak and really outdated. Nowadays this is either achieved by wiring the actor and removing the wires in post or with pure cgi.

An example of both would the the freeze scene from the first season of Heroes. Most of the actors are held in pose by wires but some stuff in the scene is cg. Both techniques allow much more control over the camera and that's why the original techniques is outdated.
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Re: Matrix 3D Orbit

Postby Rob Neal on 06/12/2011, 10:57 am

I don't think the technique is outdated at all. What it does is perfect. The trouble is, it is very complex and expensive to achieve.

The stuff people have done since is simply they want the effect but can't afford to do it properly, so have fudged it using other methods. Some work better than others, but if you want to see a flock of pigeons fly off a roof, you can't wire them all to a studio ceiling.

Well, not without getting the animal rights authorities involved, anyway...
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Re: Matrix 3D Orbit

Postby KebleTar on 06/13/2011, 1:32 am

Well, one of the vfx guys working on the films even said it was outdated due to the lack of camera control. Sadly I can't find the video any more where he says that.
Don't get me wrong, It worked and it looked good on the first film but there are better methods nowadays and if you can afford it, there is no reason to do it the old way.
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