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London Timelapse Montage

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Published on 8月 10, 2015 by wakana

I usually make stopmotion videos, but thought I would take a break and make a one-off timelapse video. Here it is.

All the footage was taken over a three week period in November 2011, except for the first two daytime scenes of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium bridge at the beginning which were taken near the end of October 2011, and the rotation scene at Oxford Circus halfway through the video which was taken as part of another project earlier in the year for Minimood Records.

N.B. I used a lot of the same footage for a commercial project for Ki Records: youtu.be/016uZ1V5jIs
I uploaded that at 2896×1936 resolution.
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EQUIPMENT: a Canon 5D Mark II [with a Canon f/1.4 50mm and a f/1.4 24mm lens], and an Olympus EPL3 [with a Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens], and a basic tripod.

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SOFTWARE: I turned the image sequences into videos and applied the transitions in After Effects [details below].

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DETAILS:
I’m not normally a fan of timelapse videos, but there are a lot of scenes in London I wanted to include in a stopmotion video but couldn’t find a way of connecting them together – the only way to do that was by a timelapse montage.

Initially I uploaded a simple version with all the clips joined together, but that seemed lazy and boring, so I redid it with transitions between most of the clips. I tried to zoom into areas in one clip that were similar to areas in another clip, so by zooming and panning in and then zooming out into another clip the transitions look more fluid. As the photos were taken at 4080×2720 on the 5D2 and 4032×2272 on the EPL3 this meant that for most scenes enough detail was there for me to zoom in a lot. Although in some scenes you’ll see a bit of noise as I zoomed in over 2,000% some times. I didn’t get the zoom/panning idea until after I had taken all the footage. If I had thought of it beforehand then I would’ve recorded it all at full 21MP [5616×3744 res] on the 5D2. Oh well. For other transitions I used the BCC [Boris Continuum Complete] swish transition and the BCC blur transition. Another method was by overlaying the ends of two clips and adjusting the opacity of each so they fade into each other.

One scene near the beginning of the video is stopmotion rather than timelapsing – across the Millennium Bridge. I did that with an EPL3. I attached the cam to a tripod and held it way above my head in continuous shot mode using a cable release and just walked incredibly slowly. I had to hold it high above my head because at normal level it looked too choppy with so many people bustling passed. I got a few strange looks doing that, but the effect was worth it I think.

Vimeo has a resolution limit, but I’ve uploaded the video at the original resolution on youtube, which is 4080×2720: youtu.be/gd4qPMORosI So those with a good internet connection can view it in 4k quality. That version has a different [and

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