«HyperZürich» - hyper lapsing the fast way

Usually a proper hyperlapse is done on a tripod, moving step by step forward. Shooting 150, 300 or more frames like this a time-consuming and strenuous process.

But me, I'm a bit lazy. So I prefer to have things done as fast and simple as possible.

But there is yet another reason: the appropriate frame rate.

When you have to move and adjust a tripod for every picture, you're only able to shoot intervals of 7-20 seconds max. The resulting footage is moving fast. People and cars are jumping through the scene.

Some situations need faster intervals, even faster than one frame per second.
That's the second reason for my «HyperZürich» experiment.

For all the shots I have used a hand held gimbal (Beholder MS1) and a compact camera (a Sony RX100MIV camera for the first part and a Micro4/3-Panasonic GX1 with a 20mm lens for the second part).
Both cameras were set to manual mode, with slow shutter speeds of around 1/15 to 1/4 sec. Firstly to create natural motion blur for the moving subjects and the movement of the camera.
For the Sony RX100MIV I had to choose very slow exposures anyway, because otherwise the camera shoots too fast in continuous mode. Thus fills the buffer and the camera begins to stutter after 50 to 100 pictures recorded (in JPEG mode). The much older Panasonic however has a 3 frames/sec continuous mode and is able to buffer the stream of images as long as needed.

Because my body has two walking feet only some unwanted movements are visible in the footage as blurred shots, even when trying to walk as steady and smoothly as possible.

One lesson learned: you can only do quick and dirty hyperlapses this way. Nothing brillant for 4K demos in TV shops. But I it's ok when you need to capture fast moving subjects or if there's no time, space or whatever to do it properly with a tripod or a rolling device.

If you have any questions or thoughts, let me know in the comments.


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