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shoot video 3d effect around people dancing

Hi,

I saw some commercials with the camera shooting around a group of people dancing. The video camera was moving around the group of people. If I recall correctly they group of dancers were stopped but the video camera was still rotating around. It was a really neat effect. I'm just wondering how that's achieved.

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Victor Kimura
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MereteCommented:
vkimura2007 thankyou for your interest and asking,
I can share with you how it's done.
The technique is called panning 360 degrees using anywhere from 15 to 100 cameras in an array.
This is usually done by placing an array of stills cameras around the subject and triggering them simultaneously.
The still images are strung together as an image sequence to create a video clip.
You could achieve something like stop motion with just one camera make a panarama stitch all your images together then in a good video editor tool rotate it maybe/ Adobe After Effects.
Free panarama maker Microsoft Ice x64 bit
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/69699e5a-5c91-4b01-898c-ef012cbb07f7/
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/
do a search on youtube for dyi matrix bullet time effect where you see Keeno Reeves do his leaps and jumps and we circle him in slow motion.
"Bullet Time Shot - Making of "really lays it out how it's done they used 50 cameras in some of the arrays
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDdxMBq2GW8
here is that scene with Keeno Reeves results
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKEcElcTUMk

The 2nd is slightly different where you take a video and stop certain parts and leave other parts still moving.
The tool Microsoft cliplets is free just a little inguinity needed, the process is called Cinemagraphs .
Microsoft Research Cliplets is an interactive app that gives users the power to create "Cliplets" -- a type of imagery that sits between stills and video, including imagery such as video textures and "cinemagraphs". The app provides a simple, yet expressive way to mix static and dynamic elements from a video clip.
Includes a tuturial run the video.
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/clipletsdesktop/
28 Inspiring Cinemagraphs
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/cinemagraph
the new windows phones has this feature included
Regards Merete
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Victor KimuraSEO, Web DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Merete,

Those are great links. Thank you so much! =)

I found some stuff on camera array set ups on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMPfRR4gHTs


https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gopro+3d+camera+array+tutorial&sm=3

And here are some links to photo camera setups from the bing search:
http://www.bing.com/search?setmkt=en-US&q=photo+camera+array+tutorial

Pelican has one that will be sold to manufacturers with a 16 array camera for the mobile phones. Really amazing what's possible with their technology. This should be on digital cameras to get super high resolution array photos and perhaps videos.
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MereteCommented:
Thankyou vkimura2007,I'd be happy to check out the video you found, indeed the technology today is mind numbing. Fantastic stuff.
I see in one of those links scripting can be used to create an image array , impressive!!
There is a web site called CG Network  if you like to get the latest on CGI productions.
These are the people who do all those amazing things in the movies.
When you see how it's done, the behind scenes and how much of a movie is CGI technology, it just goes to show most of it not real.
They show what software and techniques used. Especially with the war movies.
http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/grand_budapest_hotel3
http://www.cgsociety.org/
Yes Cliplets is in windows phone well I think it's cliplets,my son has one I can find out what he has.
The windows 8 phone I think a Samsung,  
Glad you liked it and found it informative.
Best Wishes
Merete
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