16.07.13 by Jeff

Insanely Cool Invention of the Day: Dynamic Target Tracking Camera

Dynamic Target Tracking Camera

The future is CRAZY. Ishikawa Oku Lab, at the University of Tokyo, is developing a stationary observation system for high-speed flying objects. In plain English, they’re making an incredible camera that is able to track objects using a series of mirrors! I’m kinda dreading seeing this effect in every music video next year, but really excited to see what else they can do with this.

Watch the video below!





  • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

    “please heed its face expression” hahah so japanese

  • Salmón Osado

    sports + hd + 3d + 4k + this = wtf.

  • Daniel Kwan

    you can pull off this technique even without this technology:

    https://vimeo.com/39814479

    still pretty insane to see this done in real-time.

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      that’s nuts, i wonder how they did it without using a device like this. i had to be something similar unless they faked every frame with stop-motion

      • Daniel Kwan

        this is super nerdy, but it’s a type of tracking that can be done in after effects and other software. You just need to shoot at a larger format than you are going to output (shoot at 4K, output to 1080 or whatever), then you “stabilize” the whole image around the object you are tracking, crop the image a ton so you don’t see any edges, and booooom, you got this effect.

      • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

        ahh ya that makes sense, i made an ae animation in school like that actually made a giant image in photoshop and just rotated and moved the camera around on top of it afterwards

  • Bill

    The video artist Paul Pfeiffer did something like this manually with live basketball footage.

    http://bit.ly/13xtMKC
    paul pfeiffer + john 3:16

  • pwyller

    Who cares about the camera! Red-headed science nerd girl alert!

  • 喻淑康

    What the hell?