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The Wingo Pro creates a bullet-time effect with your action cam

When the bullet-time effect was first introduced with the original Matrix movie in 1999 it was somewhat of a movie-making sensation. Fast forward twenty years and similar results can be achieved with affordable consumer imaging products, for example, the Insta360 One X 360-degree action cam we reviewed last year with a specific bullet-time accessory.

If you are the owner of a more conventional action cam and would like to experiment with some bullet-time shooting the Wingo Pro, whose makers are currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, might be worth a close look. The Wingo Pro is essentially a polycarbonate wing on a 2-meter string that allows you to control the camera's flight and keeps the subject right at the center. You can adjust the angle the camera which allows you to cut the string and the hand holding it from the footage.

The Wingo Pro was developed by filmmaker and inventor, Artem Gavr, who says the device folds up small enough to fit it in a backpack, making it an ideal travel companion. It also comes with a standard GoPro mount and an adjustable counterweight.

For a real bullet-time effect footage should be captured at the highest frame rate possible and then played back at a standard 24 or 30 frames per second for a slow-motion effect, slowing down both subject and camera movement.

Sample clips posted on the Kickstarter page look promising but if you want to try the Wingo out yourself, you can do so by pledging $45 on Kickstarter. The funding goal has already been reached, so the project will likely go ahead.


Disclaimer: Remember to do your research with any crowdfunding project. DPReview does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate and come from reliable creators, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there's always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition.

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drummercam

Irresponsible marketing. Earth at a cliff edge can break out from under you. Ask the rangers at Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, or Yosemite National Parks. DPR should pull this "news" down immediately.

2 months ago
Aaron@Utah

going into mature can be dangerous when no common sense is used
as will using products irresponsibly in nature
you cant prevent stupid people from doing stupid things with electronic devices lets not fill our parks with warning labels for people that have no common sense that's called natural selection

2 months ago
Chillbert

How feasible would it be to program a drone to do this, thus avoiding the awkward arm-in-the-air part? Can drones be programmed? Can they fly fast enough and maneuver tightly enough? Just curious.

2 months ago
Aaron@Utah

would be difficult to get a non racing drone to go in that tight of circle at that speed you could always do it with playing with frame rates and playback speed with a drone but it would not be the same effect are real time

2 months ago
PowerG9atBlackForest
PowerG9atBlackForest

As 'it comes with ... an adjustable counterweight' will I probably be able to use it with my medium format sensor camera? I would be willing to pay for the increased liability insurance premium.

2 months ago
Duncan M

Another one of those stupid and daft kickstarter projects.
All these shots with the hand cut off the frame and in the air.... really how makes that for a 'good' video.

Next to that its solely usable for the same single boring shot each time over and over again...

2 months ago
dash2k8
dash2k8

Imagine if little David had one of these when he took down Goliath... A million YouTube views no sweat!

2 months ago
LuckyLuke007

This is not safe at all. People are killing themselves just holding the phone. The last scene in the video, more people will knock themselves out and fall off the cliff. :)

2 months ago
M Chambers

Much like Hollywood movies, "temps mort" is a fad which will last ten minutes and then be forgotten.

2 months ago
Aaron@Utah

should be named "lasso" view as this is what its going to look like with people going down ski slopes bikers surfers runners you name it anyone in motion rather than standing still with this thing

I might freak out a horse though if you actually used it like a lasso in a rodeo
although I still want to see that shot

2 months ago
McArchive

can you install 'Bye Bye Camera' on it?

2 months ago
matt1941

ON aliexpress look for "Ulanzi Centri Pro" and for 27$ you got stuff like this.
Or get an hanger and DIY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhUzOp8oFvI
or 3print one (CentriPro on Thingiverse)
Or get it for the iPhone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d45oGNv8H98

2 months ago
rmexpress22

I want to see the BTS of these to catch people getting smacked in the face when someone's doing this thing.

2 months ago
Jon Stern

The term "Bullet Time" originates with The Matrix, but technique was developed by Tim Macmillan, starting with his student work in the early '80s at Bath University.

Incidentally, he recently spent several years working at GoPro.

Here's a feature on his work from the legendary BBV TV show, Tomorrow's World from 1993: https://youtu.be/fIpmUi8HI1k

2 months ago
Steve Balcombe

Brilliant work all those years ago, and perfect synchronisation is guaranteed. Genius.

2 months ago
(unknown member)

Solicitors are going to love this!

2 months ago
dash2k8
dash2k8

To me, the major downside is that one person will always have his arm in an upward gesture. Obviously that's required for this to work, but from a photogenic angle, it becomes rather distracting. I do agree that the spinning effect is fun.

2 months ago*
ovatab

will be banned in The Louvre

2 months ago
Amin_AA

Should be banned in the Louvre!

2 months ago
3pgrey

So it's a stick with some strings you can put a camera on? For the low price of $45?? Better be quick with this one kids. What? Didn't we all grow up playing with sticks?

2 months ago
walker2000

Cool ideal!
The next thing it needs is to have AI software remove the guy who is holding the GoPro.

2 months ago
ozturert

You could actually kill someone with that thing when swinging.

2 months ago
dash2k8
dash2k8

To be fair, you could probably kill someone by swinging anything of weight...

2 months ago
ozturert

Correct, but this one also has a big blade :)

2 months ago
badi

it's just plastic ... but maybe he will add a "kill bill version" made from stainless steel and sharp blades :))

2 months ago
dash2k8
dash2k8

That's for the hardcore users! ;)

2 months ago
tailings
tailings

Does it come with bandaids and an icepack or are those optional extras?

2 months ago
lattesweden
lattesweden

Extreme skier Nico Vuignier used a similar device some years ago, see the video links below.

Nico often pushes ski filming with new camera ideas. Watch his Youtube channel (the flare on a drone is really cool).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqncOP7OzMg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d45oGNv8H98

2 months ago
Pelleplutt

I love Nico Vuignier's videos. One of the most creative action filmmakers I know!

2 months ago
Jason

Pretty cool, but the main thing I learned from this video is to not wear flesh tone swim trunks.

2 months ago
Rinman
Rinman

Are you sure he is wearing any at all..? 😊

2 months ago
vscd
vscd

This will give some new entries on xhamster, soon ;)

2 months ago
influxphoto

Interesting if not highly specialized product, but it’s NOT the same as bullet time effect. Even if you are using super high frame rate video, it’s still video. Maybe if it could something like a Panasonic GX-85 or another small camera that can shoot in 4K photo mode, but then spinning would create too big of gaps between photos. Still interesting, just not the same as bullet time.

2 months ago
WickedMaPhoto

Folks are overlooking that to film "bullet time" effects they surrounded the subject with still cameras that shot either simultaneous or near such. The whole point was it was something you can't do with a single camera.

Not saying something like this can't be fun or useful but it's not the same as "bullet time".

2 months ago
piratejabez

This seems like an incredibly niche product... it seems you are limited to taking photos of yourself with the arm in the air as if using a slingshot.

2 months ago
PhotoKhan

Clever and quite interesting.

Derogatory comments: Go!

2 months ago
jay-A

Overtourism just got to a new level. Can't wait for these things to join selfie sticks in crowded areas.

2 months ago*
Horshack

Ready for the 360° bullet-time effect video of someone's eye being taken out by one of these things.

2 months ago
timbazi
timbazi

looks pretty easy to just make yourself...

2 months ago
probert500

give it a try and get back to us. I mean - it sure is easy to just say it looks easy....

2 months ago
TangoMan

If he says it looks easy, he probably can do it easily. Not everyone can though.

2 months ago*
timbazi
timbazi

Elaborate with me what part exactly about this looks hard to make. Other than building the camera from scratch. This thing will be on ebay starting from 2 dollars. It's that easy a product

2 months ago
probert500

Do it and get back to us.

1 month ago
Wu Jiaqiu
Wu Jiaqiu

the ultimate accessory for the narcissist

2 months ago
Elite83

What an age to live in. Now every young couple in love can capture video for their travel blog so with the same cinematic effects used in Hollywood blockbuster films. You can watch someone else vacation by donating to their Patreon, or get your very own stick and string attachment, made from premium aircraft-grade alloy, and cord weaved from the same fibers used to make bullet proof vests! Subscribe today and be sure to buy a T-shirt!

2 months ago
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