Bullet Time Technology From ‘The Matrix’ Is Coming To The NFL
Remember when you watched “The Matrix” for the first time and thought, wow, if only we could watch Cris Carter haul in a touchdown pass the same way we watch Keanu Reeves dodge bullets? Well, Cris Carter is out of the league now, and the next two “Matrix” movies ended up sucking a ton. But that bullet time dream is finally coming to fruition.
For “freeD,” or Free Dimensional Video, multiple cameras combine their images to form a three-dimensional, photo-realistic real-time scene. The rendering only takes about 30 seconds, and it allows viewers to watch instant replays in slow-motion from almost every angle. You may have seen something like it if you watch the Yankees on YES:
Japanese broadcasting company NHK pioneered the use of bullet time rigs, but NBC recently announced plans to use their own setup on Sunday Night Football games this season — beginning Sept. 8, when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants in Week 1. Each side of both end zones will be outfitted with NBC’s 12-camera rigs, meaning it will be nigh impossible for refs to screw up a touchdown call, even though that will totally happen to your team anyway because you are cursed.
Cowboys Stadium — whoops, I mean, AT&T Stadium — is the only NFL stadium with the rigs at this point, but every team will get them soon. The future is here, football fans.
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