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PANO | LA – 10K

PANO | LA – 10K from SCIENTIFANTASTIC on Vimeo.

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Shooting Pano LA has been the most ambitious, challenging, demanding, and rewarding project I have worked on to date. It was shot over a period of two years entirely in true panoramic form using two synced DSLR cameras side by side. The resulting panoramic timelapse footage comes in at a whopping 10K x 4K resolution when stitched. I did not shoot this film to achieve the extreme resolution. I shot it for the panoramic look, especially the compressed look you get when using long lenses.
Shooting panoramic timelapse was something I had always wanted to do. I love panoramic images and wanted to bring that look to timelapse, and I wanted to do it proper, not by faking it by just cropping the top and bottom of regular timelapse shots. I gave it a try many years ago but was never able to get the images from the two cameras to sync properly and get the images to stitched together correctly.
A couple years ago I was contacted by a client wanting some panoramic timelapse shots of LA. I told them I had tried it in the past and it did not work out to well, but that I am willing to give it another try. So I purchased some new gear and set out to my local testing locations in Malibu. The initial shots were successful so I continued shooting / testing for the next couple weeks. At that point I had acquired a few good test shots to show the client and sent them over to them. Long story short I never heard back from them about the project, but I kept shooting anyways. If it was not for that failed job/project I probably would have never got around to giving panoramic timelapse another try.
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Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer – BBC Earth


10 years ago Planet Earth changed our view of the world. Now we take you closer than ever before. This is life in all its wonder. This is Planet Earth II.

A decade ago, the landmark television series Planet Earth redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life on Earth. Planet Earth II, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, will reveal our planet from a completely new perspective, using significant advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world.

And if you are not excited enough already it features an original score by legendary composer Hans Zimmer.

Coming soon!

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Slow Life

Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

“Slow” marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives. These animals are actually very mobile creatures, however their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen.

Make sure you watch it on a large screen! You won’t be able to appreciate this clip or see individual cells moving in a sponge on a smartphone. This clip is displayed in Full HD, yet the source footage (or the whole clip), is available in UltraHD 4k resolution for media productions.

Visit my website to see more work: microworldsphotography.com
Learn more about what you see in this video: notes-from-dreamworlds.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/slow-life.html

The answer to a common question: yes, colors are “real” and not exaggerated by digital enhancement. I have only applied basic white balance correction. When photographers use white light on corals, they simply miss the vast majority of colors. Read more about fluorescence and why these corals are natural: notes-from-dreamworlds.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/fluorescent-colors-of-reef-coral.html

The duration of sequences varied from 20 minutes to 6+ hours.

=== Technical details ===

To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures.

I am glad that I abandoned the idea of making this clip in 3D (with two cameras) – very few people have 3D screens and it doubles processing time.

Gear:
– Cameras: Canon 7D (died at the beginning of the project as I had overused it in my research), Canon 5d Mkiii (90% of footage is done with it)
– Lenses: Canon MP-E 65 mm lens, and a custom photomacrography rig (custom lenses are better for this type of task)
– Lights: adjustable custom-spectrum lamps (3 different models) – they were needed to recreate natural underwater illumination.
– several motorized stages, including StackShot for focus stacking. StackShot, is sadly not 100% reliable at all and kept destroying my footage.
– multiple computers to process thousands of 22+ Mpx raw images and perform focus stacking (an old laptop died on that mission after 3 weeks of continuous processing).

Edited in Sony Vegas, Adobe Photoshop CS6, Zerene Stacker, and Helicon Focus.
Music: Atmostra III by Cedric Baravaglio, Jonathan Ochmann and Zdravko Djordjevic.

=== Sharing/Use ===

Inquiries/licensing/press: find my contact details here: microworldsphotography.com/About

Please do not share this clip to promote or endorse marine aquarium industry. I simply want people to admire life, but not to be told to buy stuff, especially poses captive animals
More about using my videos:
microworldsphotography.com/Image-Use/Video-Use-and-Licensing

(consideration to buy a print from my website or to use the tip jar below the video is always welcome, but this option is better: secure.marineconservation.org.au/donate.php?campid=701900000006kqX)

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Vegas 4k

Vegas 4K from Keith Kiska on Vimeo.

Phototrekker.com presents Vegas 4K, a motion time-lapse film that captures the energy of Las Vegas in stunning 4K resolution. Geared up with an eMotimo TB3 motorized head and other time-lapse goodies from LensProToGo, the Photo Trekker team spent 5 days hitting the strip to create this motion time-lapse film. This film is the first of 3 motion time-lapse films to premiere that are all shot and edited in 4K.

Want to see how a lot of the shots here were done? Check out the Lynda.com class “Shooting a Time-Lapse Movie with the Camera in Motion” with Rich Harrington and Keith Kiska here.
lynda.com/Keith-Kiska/3476597-1.html

2014 Workshops where Keith will be a Guest Instructor:
timelapseworkshops.com/#!valley-of-fire—pro/c1fd2

Technical Info:
Camera: 4 x Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: 2 x Canon 16-35mm, Canon 24mm, 2 x Canon 24-70mm, Canon 8-15mm Fisheye
Support: eMotimo TB3 Black motorized head, Matthews BH-30 car mount, Rhino Rails
Editing & Graphics: Processing and editing was done in Photoshop, LRTimelapse, After Effects and Premiere Pro

Resolution Versions:
Vimeo – 1920×1080 (HD) Seen Above
Youtube – 3840 x 2160 (4kUHD) youtu.be/plAjSyi2WBM

Credits:
Keith Kiska – Producing, Cinematography, Editing, Motion Graphics & Sound Design
Kyle Rhoderick – Assistant Time-Lapse Operator
Dmitri Belichenko – Original Music Score

Sponsored By:
eMotimo: emotimo.com
LensProToGo: LensProToGo.com
Matthews Studio Equipment: msegrip.com

Licensing:
All of our 4k footage is available as stock footage for personal and media use. Please contact keith@kiskamedia.com for all licensing information.

Follow Us Here:
Website: phototrekker.com, kiskamedia.com
Facebook: phototrekker.com/facebook
Twitter: twitter.com/Photo_Trekker

Special Thanks to:
EMotimo, LensProToGo, Matthews Studio Equipement, Rhed Pixel, Lynda.com for your equiptment, support and friendship. Dmitri Belichenko for writing a great musical score. Kyle Rhoderick for your tireless shooting in the field and members of the time-lapse community such as Michael Shainblum, Shawn Reader, Drew Geraci, Dustin Farrell and Tom Lowe that never cease to amaze and inspire me. And a real special thanks to Las Vegas!

Copyright © 2014 Kiska Media LLC / Photo Trekker ®. All rights reserved.

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10328×7760 – A 10K Timelapse Demo

10328×7760 – A 10K Timelapse Demo from SCIENTIFANTASTIC on Vimeo.

“10328×7760 – A 10K Timelapse Demo” is a video I put together showcasing the extreme resolution of the PhaseOne IQ180 camera of which it was shot. This footage comes from some shots I did while shooting 4K and 8K timelapses in Rio De Janeiro for a major electronics manufacturer. Each shot is comprised of hundreds individual still images, each weighing in at a whopping 80 megapixels. Each individual raw frame measures 10328×7760 pixels.

Each shot was very minimally processed and included curves, input sharpening, saturation adjustments. The h264 compression really kills alot of the fine detail. No noise reduction was done on any of the shots. I tried to keep the shots as close to raw as possible so you may see some dust spots, noise, and manual exposure changes I made while shooting. For a final video edit these adjustments would be smoothed out and fixed. Normally I run shots where I manually change exposure during the shot through LRTimelapse, but unfortunately the program can’t seem to handle such huge raw files. I also had to loop some shots in order to have enough runtime to do some zooms, so you may see a jump in the footage here and there.

Each shot sequence starts off with the full resolution footage scaled down to fit within a 1920×1080 resolution (14% scale). The next shot in each shot sequence is the full resolution shot scaled to 50%, so basically zooming in quite a bit. From there we go into the full resolution shot scaled to 100%, which is an extreme zoom/crop. As you can see, the quality and detail holds up extremely well, it’s pretty amazing.

I wanted to show a couple things with this demo video. First, the extreme resolution of this camera (and medium format in general). Second, the amazing amount of flexibility this resolution allows for in post production. You can literally get about 8-10 solid 1920×1080 shots out of a single shot. You can also get about 5-6 solid 4K shots out of a single shot.

If you enjoyed this demo videos please feel free to pass it around and share it. If you enjoy my work, or want to see some of my other work (including the full Rio video) you find me on all the social media outlets below.

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Music: Licensed from themusicbed.com
Artist: Tony Anderson
Song: Hold On
tonyandersonmusic.com/

All footage is Copyright Joe Capra – Scientifantastic 2015, and may not be used without permission.

Special thanks to my local Rio producer/assistant/badass Jose Olimpio ( joseolimpio.com )

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Alexander Gerst’s Earth timelapses

Watch Earth roll by through the perspective of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in this six-minute timelapse video from space. Combining 12 500 images taken by Alexander during his six-month Blue Dot mission on the International Space Station this Ultra High Definition video shows the best our beautiful planet has to offer.

Marvel at the auroras, sunrises, clouds, stars, oceans, the Milky Way, the International Space Station, lightning, cities at night, spacecraft and the thin band of atmosphere that protects us from space.

Often while conducting scientific experiments or docking spacecraft Alexander would set cameras to automatically take pictures at regular intervals. Combining these images gives the timelapse effect seen in this video.

Watch the video in 4K resolution for the best effect and find out more about Alexander Gerst’s Blue Dot mission here: http://www.esa.int/BlueDot

Follow Alexander Gerst via http://alexandergerst.esa.int

Audio via the Audio Network library:
1. Into The Matrix (1899/6) Jason Pedder / Ben Ziapour
2. We Are Delirious (2073/6) Annie Drury / Bob Bradley / Matt Sanchez / Matt Parker

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