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The magic of hyperlapse

You’ve probably heard of the concept of the timelapse: You place a camera in a set location and get it to take photos at a set interval for a few hours or even days. You then take each picture and make a movie, 24 pictures per second (for a full 24fps) to create a movie of the images. Hyperlapse videos take the concept a whole step further: instead of just taking pictures from a static spot you also move the camera to create what feels like a hyper-real moving picture. It’s quite surreal:

Here’s another of Berlin:

The actual process is highly complex and time consuming but if you have the time then take a look at this tutorial on the website Rok.on. The first steps include:

  • Before the Hyperlapse: Preparatory work may be necessary before shooting. Envision or know where your hyperlapse will end to ensure proper final framing. Last thing you want to do is go through all the hard work only to get crappy framing near the end.

  • Find a flat surface: Hyperlapse on a flat surface, otherwise your hyperlapse will appear extremely jittery. Its possible to do it on ununiformed surfaces, but it will be a hastle & shaky, especially if you are using a tripod.

  • Shoot more than you need: Start further away than you think, and up further away than you think. At 24 FPS or more, you will end up with alot shorter video than you think.

  • Marking your pathway: Its not terribly essential. In fact it will not always be possible, especially in public places or touristy areas. I use water soluble chalk and measuring tape to mark the path that my tripod will follow. This ensures consistent movement in my hyperlapses. Otherwise the tripod may fall too long or too short, similating changes in speed. Ex – Video appears to speed up/slow down.

You’ll create some amazing imagery and win Internet fame, what else does one really need?

PS: There is no embed for this video but it’s amazing.

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