On a Saturday morning, I drove to Haifa to make my first Hyperlapse. But let’s first start with a basic question:
Hyperlapse, what is it?
The easiest way to answer this question is to use the term time-lapse. Time-lapse is a series of photos stitched together into a movie. Time-lapses are used to show a long process in a short amount of time. For example building constructions, cloud movements, sunsets, and even season changes that are shown in a short video (usually from few seconds till a couple of minutes). If you want a video example, check out my time-lapse post.
Hyperlapse is a moving time-lapse. While many time-lapses are static, and others have limited movement (usually using a short slider), during the shooting of a Hyperlapse you pass distances. For example, during the shooting of Bahai Gardens Hyperlapse, I passed at least 515 meters.
Map of the area:
How I created this Hyperlapse?
In order to create a Hyperlapse, you need to move toward or around your subject. I selected Sderot Ben Gurion street in Haifa since it has clear view of Bahai gardens and Bahai Temple. Also, on Sderot Ben Gurion there is an island separation between car lanes. You can stand on it and move towards the Bahai gardens.
I set the camera to manual since I didn’t want the exposure to be influenced by clouds or shades. Center upper focus point was always pointing to the Bahai Temple, and I used this point for focusing (for all photos). I shot in raw so the white balance wasn’t an issue.
After setting the camera the process was quite simple. I took a shot, then advanced for about a meter and took the next shot. And repeated this process for 515 times. When I started taking steps forward, I used the pavement stones for distance metering (skipped two stones each time). But after some time I noticed that the size of the stones started to vary drastically. So, I made one step between every two following photos.
Also, in the middle of the video, you can see a small jump. This is because there was a junction and I had to skip about 10 meters.
The process was quite tedious. I took 515 shots and it took me about 75 minutes.
The next step is the editing process. Editing one photo and synchronizing those changes is quite simple and doesn’t take much time. Stitching all photos into a video is where things can be tricky.
Since the video that is done from the photos is quite shaky, in many cases warp stabilizer in After Effects won’t be able to stabilize the video. In such cases, you have to manually stabilize the video. This means that you need to go frame after frame and select and move tracking points to their correct position. This is what I had to do for this Hyperlapse and only the manual stabilization took me more than an hour.
After applying manual stabilization, I added warp stabilizer. Then also added a short intro and a frozen frame at the end. And this is the result:
About four hours of work for a 15-second clip. It was an interesting experience but I probably won’t make another Hyperlapse in the near future ?
What do you think? Did you like the result? Do you do Hyperlapse videos? Tell us in the comment below.
That’s all for today and I’ll see you in future travels!