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Mirror Drivelapse [36th of 52 Timelapse Project]

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I have already done a drivelapse tutorial, but this one is a little bit different. I like to shoot it symetrically from the back seat, as I showed in the tutorial. But now I’m preparing for the new video project, so I’m looking for some new intertesting shots. Well, you can’t shoot the same things all the time 😉 Check out the shot and the description below!

Shooting in moving vehicle can be difficult if you want your footage to be stable. This time I used just a tripod and a 5kg weight on it. It wasn’t very stable, so I had to hold it all the time. The result depends on how stable the tripod is set up, and that depends on how much space you have in your car and how you place your tripod. It’s also good to drive very even road. This shot is from a highway. On this kind of road I was able to use a little longer interval than usually. The parameters were as follows:

  • GH4 with Sigma 18-35mm on a speedbooster @35mm
  • ISO 200
  • Shutter speed 1″
  • Aperture f/4
  • Interval 2″
  • ND1000 Hoya ProND filter (10 stops of light loss)

And here’s my setup for this shot:

 

The footage was so unstable that I needed to stabilize that in post. I tried Warp Stabilizer, but as I thought it just didn’t work with this kind of footage (that’s why it’s important to shoot it well ;)). The second option for me is always one point stabilization in After Effects using Stabilize motion feature. After a few tries I decided to stabilize the car reflection in the mirror. The result was the most pleasing for me, however the footage isn’t overall perfectly stable, because the mirror moves a little bit during the shot.

As you can see even simple ‘static’ timelapse shot sometimes needs some more complex post production than import and render the footage 😉 That’s all for this week. As always, you’re invited to my Facebook group: http://facebook.com/groups/timelapse.hyperlapse

See you next week!

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