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Timelapse and Hyperlapse: A Quick How To (Part 1)

Timelapse and Hyperlapse: A Quick How To (Part 1)

One snazzy video editing technique that we’ve all seen in films is that of fast motion in which, for instance, clouds race across the sky or a city transforms from night to day in just a few seconds. In the first of a two part series, today we are going to explain how to achieve this look!

Timelapse is a photography technique in which images from a static framing are repeatedly shot at a certain rate. These images can then be assembled together into video form. As the rate of shooting is generally much lower than standard film (once per second or minute compared to 24 times per second), the resulting video appears to be moving much faster than real life.

Instead of having to repeatedly and manually shoot these photos, luckily many modern cameras and Action-Cams can automatically do this for us. The resulting images can then be imported as an image sequence into a video editor (such as Movie Edit Pro or Video Pro X) and their durations changed to, for instance, a single frame. A 24 fps project will then create a Timelapse with twenty four of these images played per second.

Some points to consider are:

  1. Use a large capacity memory card with a fast write rate.

  2. As with all photography, framing is key. Carefully compose your shot and consider any potential obstacles that may get in the way of the lens.

  3. Once the shot is framed, the camera should remain completely stationary. Thus use a tripod, wall mount, suction cup etc. for stabilization. Any slight movement of the camera will cause a noticeable ‘shake’ in the video.

  4. If possible, use a long shutter speed. This will cause Motion Blur and thus will help create a natural blur between each shot.

Stay tuned for part two next week in which we’ll divulge how to augment the Timelapse to the next level – the Hyperlapse!

Now that you are sufficiently inspired, why not grab your camera and put this theory into practice! Need a video editor to assemble the video? Download the 30-day demo of Movie Edit Pro or Video Pro X today!

Image courtesy of Ahmadreza Sajadi.

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