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Creating Time Lapse Motion Trails & Camera Zooms In Post

  • Work with Camera Raw
  • Sequence a raw sequence
  • Create motion trails (or streaks) through layering
  • Stretch the duration of layers
  • Create layered effects
  • Use a Null object to control panning and zooming

Motion Trails and Pan and Zoom Effect for Time-lapse from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

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Quick Time-lapse Post Production with Adobe After Effects & Bridge

An Introduction to After Effects and Time-lapse Photography from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.

Learn how to use Adobe Bridge and After Effects to assemble time-lapse shots. This tutorial is the first in a series, and focusses on getting started (more advanced techniques to come). For more on time-lapse, be sure to visit http://www.3exposure.com.

Want to know how Rich put’s together time-lapse shots in a way that’s both quick and powerful? Learn the essentials when working with Adobe Bridge to browse and order time-lapse shots. You’ll then see how to assemble and color correct the footage. You’ll even learn automatic ways to smooth contrast and add movement to your shots.

There’s many more advanced techniques to learn, but this is a great place to start.

You can download a free trial of Adobe After Effects here – http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=after_effects

The demo shot

Lighthouse at Sea from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.

Shot from a floating platform (aka a boat).

Two second interval…. processed with After Effects

Corner at Night

Corner at Night (Timelapse) from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.

A shot produced using two second exposures at night. Post-processed with Adobe After Effects.

The post-processing involved

  1. Assembling an image sequence with After Effects
  2. Time-remapping
  3. Camera Lens Blur Effect
  4. Shadow/Highlight Recovery

We’ll be tackling Time-lapse and After Effects soon on the blog… we just wanted to give you a taste of what’s to come.

How do you like to assemble your time-lapse movies?