Posts Tagged ‘hdr


blog interview – michael rissi’s swiss winter time lapse


While I was cutting and color grading hot bodies on beaches in bikinis for Travel Channel, Michael Rissi was freezing his ass off making this epic time lapse of winter in Switzerland.  Click on the above pic for a link to his website.

Michael was kind enough to answer a few questions for me, so here ya go:

ME: So Michael, your HD time lapse photography is stunning. What cameras are you shooting with to bring this imagery to life?

MICHAEL: I have a Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi) and since 2009 also a Canon 50D. I was a little afraid that after around 200k shutters, the 400D’s shutter might fail at any unfavorable time… As lenses I have the wide angle Sigma 10-20 and the Sigma 17-70.

What is your approach to framing and exposing your time lapse photos?

I like wide angles a lot, as I shoot mostly landscapes. But as in landscape photography, finding the right subject is not trivial, people (me as well) tend to try to fit to much onto their images. Wide angles, however, allow in the post production smooth pans and zooms.

What software applications are part of your toolkit to produce these HD time lapses?

I always shoot in raw (or sraw), with the result that I filled a 1TB disk in about 3-4 months… Usually, I use Adobe’s Camera Raw for the raw images, or directly photomatix when I create an HDR time lapse and then tone mapping with Photomatix. After camera raw/photomatix I rerun the images through Photoshop to correct the colors, remove dust spots if necessary, apply a tone curve or in case of winter time lapses, I also “whiten” the snow slightly. Then I save all images as jpgs and import them into Adobe Premiere Elements (the poor man’s solution).

The most important filter is the deflicker plugin (gbdeflicker). Flickering is a big issue in digital time lapses, especially for HDR processing. I save the movie as quicktime with H.264 1920x1080p. Apple somehow has another definition for the gamma value, so I correct this with Quick Time Pro (explained here)

How did you achieve such smooth zooms and pans? It looks like you do this in post from where I sit, am I correct?

The zooms and pans are done in post with Premiere Elements. That’s why I usually shoot with the wide angle.

As an accomplished HD time lapse producer, what other time lapse videos have inspired you?

I came to shooting time lapse movies from photography. I saw on YouTube the great tutorials and movies from milapse

…and knew that I want to do that too! Last spring, I found the time lapse forum This is a great forum with awesome people, who have impressive ideas and technical skills, it’s really astonishing! And for sure, I also like the movies from Reggio, mostly Koyaanisqatsi…

and Fricke’s Baraka

What’s the next time lapse you think you will produce?

In my “real” life, I write my phd thesis about gamma ray astronomy. This involves travels to the Canary Island La Palma, where our telescope is situated on top of the volcano (in a rather remote area on 2500 m). I already made last year time lapses from the moving telescope at night…

…but I have lots of ideas for improvements. We also built a second telescope, so I hope to be able to shoot them dancing in stereo. The whole island of La Palma is a great place for shooting time lapses, with very interesting cloud formations, so I hope I will collect lots of footage there!

Another ongoing project is the one from Zurich, where I shoot every day 10 minutes at around 7:45am the same view onto Zurich.

Thanks again for giving me the heads up on your new time lapse Michael, it’s breathtaking. Great choice of music and superior pacing and editing.

Thanks a lot Peter, great that you liked it!

proactively • the pilot episode of blog interviews • peter


FCProse Episode 4 – cut color compress 5dmarkii footage

Here’s the all-in-one video tutorial showing you how to cut, color, and compress 1080p video captured with Canon’s upcoming 5D Mark II Digital SLR with three Final Cut Studio 2 applications: Final Cut Pro, Color, and Compressor. I recommend clicking thru for the hd version to better see the application interfaces.

In this episode I walk through the steps to edit your footage in Final Cut Pro, perform a broadcast safe grade in Color, and then make a web compression for upload to YouTube and Vimeo using Compressor.

I work directly with the source H.264 video Vincent Laforet made available for download (no H.264 -> Apple ProRes 422 transcode this time around). I also discuss some system specs and rant about High Dynamic Range video. A quick tag surf lead me to this post that has an example of HDR video captured by something called the HDRC® MDC04 CL camera system.

What’s High Dynamic Range (HDR), you ask? Check out yet another Chad Richard HDR timelapse (click thru for the full HD effect):

Mr. Richard has done a lot of heavy lifting to convert a series of HDR stills into 1080p video (and then compress for Vimeo, of course). Check out his tutorial for this process here.

We’re at the forefront of a paradigm shift where digital photography and high definition video are converging. Check out Romy Ocon‘s 5dmkii bird photography, err, video:

Right now is an exciting, exciting time.

proactively • sitting in a front row seat • peter


how to – make an HDR timelapse

While I’ve been on the subject of tutorials, here’s one that I’ve found that is, to coin a phrase, picture perfect:

How to make an HDR timelapse

I found Chad Richard on Vimeo while researching the Canon 5dmarkii and HDR imagery.  Chad shot the above HDR timelapse with the Nikon D700 (if you want to check that camera out, too).

Wow, Chad’s a great find.  Here’s one reason:

Thanks for stopping by Chad, and thanks for publishing your process to create HDR timelapses.

You’ve inspired my imagination.  And I have a new reason to break out my trusty old Nikon 5700 Coolpix (RAW images & Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 or 5 frames within +2 EV, yay!).

proactively • grateful • peter


FCProse Episode 3 – Color Grading 5dmarkii footage

Here’s part 2 in an initial 3 part series of Final Cut Prose video tutorials working with footage from the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR. I recommend clicking thru for the HD version to better see Color’s GUI.

One considerable addendum to the tutorial. I loaded the h264 source files into Color and observed far different measurements in Color’s waveform monitor. Check this out:

Broadcast safe on:

Broadcast safe off:

So it would appear there were some luma and chroma changes taking place during the conversion from h264 to ProRes. Almost as if Compressor applied a broadcast safe filter during conversion. The h264 source video that Vincent Laforet provided for download does indeed appear to be sans color correction.

Bleh, the h264 to Apple ProRes 422 workflow will need improvement. Well, it’s a working model. You are witness to my real world self-analysis, right here before your eyes, humble reader.

If there’s an FCP, Color, and / or Motion topic you would like me to cover, then post a comment and let me know. Check back soon for FCProse Episode 3 – Compressing 5dmarkii Footage for Web.

In the meantime, here’s some HDR timelapse footage (click here for a how-to) shot on a digital SLR in San Francisco by Chad Richard.

Know any $2600 video cameras that can produce these results?

proactively • sculpting my brain to comprehend this new world of possibilities • peter

August 2020

Twitter Updates

Error: Please make sure the Twitter account is public.

Blog Stats

  • 290,828 clicks since March 2008