We’re almost at the half of the project! This week I’ve got for you fake dolly zoom effect, which can be used in various situations, making the shot slightly more interesting. Because it’s just a post production the effect is subtle, way less dramatic than in my Hyperlapse Dolly Zoom [TUTORIAL]

This is a shot from my 52 Timelapse Project. You can check out the details of the project or full list of the shots.


All the information about what is and where the dolly zoom came from you can find in my tutorial I linked above. The other thing I should mention is that this shot was made as a handheld hyperlapse from a gimbal. Full tutorial for this technique you can find here: Handheld Hyperlapse with a Gimbal [VIDEO TUTORIAL]

So, the basic idea is to move the camera straight. Forward or backwards, doesn’t matter. This is something that you can’t skip. Differently  than in classic vertigo effect we will skip changing the focal lenght of the lens. Instead of this, we will shoot in higher resolution than the final video (for example 4K, when delivering in 1080p or just like I did – a full resolution 16Mpx stills from my GH4). Bigger difference gives us better final effect 😉

Let’s consider the camera that moves straight forward. In your editing or compositing software you’ve got to keyframe the scale, just like in the video below. Because the footage is higher resolution than 1080, we’re not loosing too much quality (as you see I set it to 130%, which of course lowers the quality a little bit). First keyframe will be around 100% size of the footage. Set the second keyframe so the width of the footage fits the 1080 composition. Now, adjust the distance between the keyframes to fit your liking and it’s done! 🙂

This is a quite subtle effect I use from time to time. Most of the people wouldn’t even know what’s going on, but they feel that it’s not normal 🙂

Thank you for being with me. Do you have any dolly zoom shots? Share them on my facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/timelapse.hyperlapse/


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