Time lapse video

Time lapse video

12 posts
8 June 2015
Chandos
Photographer
Chandos
You probably come across time lapse footage in promotional videos and there is plenty about being shot on phone cams but is there a market for good quality ones?
They can be time consuming and if you shoot landscape it is down to the element which means you can go on for days if not weeks to capture the right condition.

Posted 8 June 2015
AegeanSoft
Photographer
AegeanSoft
Why not shoot time lapse using a GoPro Hero 4 Black? 4K video and simultaneous 12MB stills are possible. If you provide it with an external USB power supply it can take 9000+ still images at various preset intervals to a 64GB microSD card. You can even have it WiFi connect to your phone, computer or iPad etc. for remote control if you need to put it in an inaccessible place.

I have just bought one to 'play' with and it is an excellent camera even though it only has a fixed wide-angle lens.

Posted 8 June 2015
Chandos
Photographer
Chandos
Is there the market for high quality time lapse? Not asking about how to take time lapse and what to use.

Posted 8 June 2015
AegeanSoft
Photographer
AegeanSoft
You said "time lapse footage in promotional videos" ..... you answered you own question...



Posted 8 June 2015
Chandos
Photographer
Chandos
I said "is there a market for good quality ones?" which means do clients buy time lapse footage on its own?
I know about them being used to form part of promotional videos, that is the people making the video also created the time lapse. I have not yet come across filmmakers who make promo videos actively seek to purchase time lapse footages, so this and amongst others I want to ask.

Is good quality time lapse exclusively a recreational hobby or is there are a market?

Posted 8 June 2015
Edited by Chandos 8 June 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Why not make some, put them on the likes of YouTube & Vimeo & use the power of social media to see if they sell.

I'd imagine there's certainly a market for high profile construction jobs (eg. stadiums)

Posted 8 June 2015
profilepictures
Photographer
profilepictu..
There's a market insofar as it's a common technique in many adverts and documentaries etc. As pointed out, it's relativrlt easy to achieve now too. The issue would be being able to produce something relevant or entertaining in a cost effective way that's marketed to appear relevant or profitable to your client - like video or stills really. My guess is that the technique is probably best as a hobby unless you're a video or documentary maker already. If not, yuod have to make some very specific footage to impress a prospective client and prove its pertinence to their business etc - after all, we've all seen the general technique thousands of times.

Posted 9 June 2015
Plymjack
Photographer
Plymjack
The key is being able to produce them within specific scenarios.
With the need for power and H&S requirements on sites it is not easy without a willing client.

As an aside I also found an issue with HEROs over heating when externally powered and operating behind glass etc.


Posted 9 June 2015
JeromeRazoir
Photographer
JeromeRazoir
AegeanSoft

You said "time lapse footage in promotional videos" ..... you answered you own question...


How? The OP asked a question. You chose to ignor that question and make an unnecessary and subtly snide comment. Seems a bit odd to me.
Posted 11 June 2015
Chandos
Photographer
Chandos
The past few days I actually found a paid stock video website that consist of a few time lapse so I guess there is some kind of a market but still I'm hesitance to say if that is economically viable enough at least for generic ones. I've not heard many if any clients specifically ask for time lapse either no matter how much they might be vowed by really good ones. I guess time lapse is still considered mostly as a piece of artistic work.

Posted 16 June 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
It's quite common I believe for major construction projects to have timelapse, after all their budgets can run into £billions so a few £thousand on promotional footage of the construction taking place is peanuts.

Posted 16 June 2015
Chandos
Photographer
Chandos
On a construction site given the pace of progress it would have to be something like a CCTV.
I can see scientific application were speeding up fungus growth, etc, are made possible. I suppose you can use timelapse to promote your portfolio to potential clients but timelapse specific request I feel is still rare.

Posted 17 June 2015
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