TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR HYPERLAPSE SHOTS

Blog by: Sauvik Chatterjee

Shooting hyperlapse can be a tedious task. You have to find the correct reference points for your shots and calculate every step before starting the process of shooting. You should keep these tips in mind before starting to shoot hyperlapse videos.

Camera stability is the key to success

You have to check your environment before deciding on the equipment you are going to use for the shoot. The surface on which you’ll keep your camera will decide whether you’ll use a tripod or a monopod. If the surface is uneven then the best choice would be to use your hands or a monopod. On the other hand, if the surface is even a tripod will ensure better stability.

Making a path of reference

As mentioned earlier, calculations are the key to the best hyperlapse shot. You can make references from any lines or shapes from the surface you are shooting from. Use two of the legs of your tripod to make these reference points and move your camera accordingly. Sometimes, changing the framing could help you get a finer result.

Taking extra shots

There might be some instances when you’ll find that the footage you took is not worthy in post-production. So, as a countermeasure take 10 second footage for the required 5 second hyperlapse footage.

Using software to stabilize

You might take all the precautions to avoid any jitters in your footage, but still, in post-production, you might find a few. Use the After Effects warp stabilizer to stabilize your footage correctly. Before starting the warp stabilizer, it is necessary to set the length of each photo to around 0.040 seconds to get 25 FPS.

Along with these tips, patience and hard work will help you go a long way. Hyperlapse requires time and practice to get them right and once you do you know how cinematic they look. Try out these techniques the next time you take your camera out for a hyperlapse shot and they will surely help you out.

 

Blog by: Sauvik Chatterjee

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