80-Camera Array Creates Amazing 'Bullet Time' Effect for Rafa Nadal Documentary

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13 December 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
80-Camera Array Creates Amazing 'Bullet Time' Effect for Rafa Nadal Documentary

First Bullet Time in Poker

The bullet-time effect isn't new. It's been used in video since the 1980s and the concept was employed in cel animation as far back as the 1966 Japanese anime Speed Racer.

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This 80-camera rig is worth well into the six figures.

But the shoot this week at the EPT Prague Charity Event is the first time the technology has ever been used to document poker.

The shot is reportedly being used as part of a documentary on Rafa Nadal coming out next year in Europe.

Also playing the charity tournament, and presumably appearing in the bullet-time shot, were football star Ronaldo, former Olympian turned poker pro Fatima Moreira De Melo and poker legend Daniel Negreanu.

The camera array being used for the shot consists of 80 DSLR cameras. They look to be Canon Rebels which, along with the lenses, run over $1,000 each.

So along with the trigger system and rigging this setup is easily worth six figures.

Examples of Bullet Time Video

Bullet time has appeared in everything from TV commercials, to music videos to feature films.

Here are a few examples of what's possible using an array of still-photography cameras for video.


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