How to make a Time-Lapse like a PRO (Feat. SK Productions)

How to make a Time-Lapse like a PRO (Feat. SK Productions)


This video is brought to you
by Squarespace, The online platform to create
your own professional website. Hello creative filmmakers,
thanks for watching Orange83. if you are into filmmaking, then you’ve
probably also tried to make a timelapse video. Most people start with the classic:
the clouds moving across the sky, or maybe you made a more urban
timelapse, like a crowded area or a busy traffic point. Anyway, did you know that
there’s an annual timelapse festival for the timelapse community worldwide? This film festival showcases the
best timelapse films in the world. And this year a Dutch company
named SK Productions won the bronze or 3rd prize at
the International Timelapse Festival with their submission in category
“Human & Nature”. Reason enough for me to pay them
a visit at their office in Apeldoorn here in the Netherlands, and ask them how
they made this beautiful masterpiece. But before that, let’s have a look
at the trailer of their submission. [Music and birds] If you want to see the full version, then
follow the link in the video description, or click the info icon on top. A small team of three men
worked two years on this project, and they took more than a million
photographs to create the timelapses. The 24 hour day-night cycle timelapse
that is playing in the background is jut an example of one of the
many timelapses that they made. A big professional project where
we can learn a lot from. So, let’s ask them how they did it. The following interview with SK Productions
is completely in Dutch, so, make sure to enable captions
or subtitles in the YouTube player, unless you’re Dutch, of course. At the end of this video I’ll briefly
show you the software that they used to create
these awesome timelapses. So, make sure to stay tuned
until the end. [Music] I am Stefan Kuiper from SK Productions. We have worked on the cinema film wild and our submission finished third in the timelapse festival. For us it was very important that this movie contained ‘applied’ time-lapses. We like to call this ‘applied time-lapses’. Not just a recording of random clouds or sunrises. We also want to create time-lapses that really add something to the story. What you see here is the actual setup that we used for the movie. All the close-up shots from growing plants, mushrooms, melting ice You name it It’s all done inside the studio That’s because inside the studio you can control anything like lighting, environment, no wind, no clouds that get in front of the sun. What we do is, we rebuild the exact scene like we found it in the woods. We take it all inside, from the tree to the leaves. Then I set up the lighting in the way I think looks most natural with some daylight and backlight that represents the sun. With a time lapse, the timing is most important How long does it take to grow something? How long to melt something? You have to think about that in advance So in this case a mushroom would take two days to grow but a plant may take weeks to grow. The timing can be fully configured on the app that
comes with the Camblock motion control slider. You could change setting for frames,
duration and movement, and then the app will automatically
calculate the correct interval for you. So, let’s say that this mushroom
will grow in 5 days, and you want the end clip to last 10
seconds, based on 30 frames a second. Then that is exactly what
this app will do for you and that all, including the
program movement. And for those of you wondering,
this motion control slider will cost you around $15.000. Yes, this is a very professional
motion control slider and it’s probably a bit overkill
for the average user. I’ll link a few cheaper alternatives
in the video description. And of course you also need a camera. SK Productions use a regular DSLR camera, they’ve used Canon cameras
for all the timelapses, the Canon 5, 6 and 7D to be precise. And they combined this with Sigma lenses. The high quality Sigma lenses
deliver an incredibly sharp image combined with a large aperture. The ideal lenses for shooting timelapse videos. And to make sure that the whole
scene was correctly focused, they attached the camera to a laptop and they used live view to setup the scene. You could use similar cameras
for your own timelapses, as long as you shoot RAW. And that’s simply because you need
the dynamic range in post-production. This all is great inside a studio, but let’s see how they did outside in the National Park of the
Netherlands, “De Veluwe”. I am in the middle of the Veluwe in the middle of a small fen Look, completely frozen. That’s exactly what we wanted. Yesterday we built a scaffold here in the water. Where the camera on a dolly, very close to the water, in the night moves from left to right. What we wanted to create is that during the night the water freezes combined with this movement. And as you can see, it’s completely frozen. I will now go and have a look at the results. The camera is completely sealed. On the dolly, very good. Really just above the water. That was also the plan. Also the lens is just above the water. A little bit of snow on the lens, but tonight it was clear so it should be fine. With a time-lapse it’s always difficult to see if it went well. you’ll see that during the editing. But if I do a quick playback I can see that it looks phenomenal. Halfway the timelapse, halfway through the night, it was completely clear. No overexposure, no underexposure All in focus And this is the view, what more could you want? Like I promised, I will now
quickly show you the steps that they do inside post-production. This won’t be an in-depth tutorial,
if you want to see that, then let me know in the comments below. The first step in the process is
offloading all the timelapse photos from the SD card to a
local drive or file server. And once the files are
available for editing it’s time to import them inside
a program named LR Timelapse. This program reaches all the available
information from the image metadata, like exposure, white balance, and it
automatically sets a number of keyframes. In this case we selected 4 keyframes. These are the 4 frames that we’re
going to edit inside Lightroom So, these 4 frames will be the
base of the entire timelapse. We can now simply correct
the photos inside Lightroom. But make sure not to do
extreme changes, because this might impact the
de-flickering later on in LR Timelapse. And of course it’s also very important
to keep the 4 frames as similar as possible. Back inside LR Timelapse the
Lightroom changes are re-loaded. And now it will calculate the
needed changes for all frames to match with the 4 keyframes. Another thing with timelapses that
needs to be solved is flickering. And luckily, that’s also something that
can be fixed inside LR Timelapse. With the press of a single button
it will calculate the needed fixes and then turns the image sequence
into a buttery smooth timelapse. And that’s it for Today’s tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it and learned
something from this video. Huge thanks to SK Productions
for sharing their knowledge. And another thanks to the sponsor
for Today’s video: Squarespace. Squarespace can help you to create a beautiful
looking website in a few simple steps. Even if you don’t have any
knowledge in web design. If you use the link squarespace.com/orange83
you’ll get 10% discount on your first purchase, links in the video description. Thanks again for watching and I hope
to see you back soon for more. See you next time on Orange83. [Music]

Author:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *