Behind the Scenes – Episode 10 – Make an awesome video with any photo camera


Hey all and welcome back to Behind the Scenes. In this episode, I’ll be showing how freaking cheap Hi definition timelapses and stop motion animations can be. Stay tuned.

I first discovered DSLR cameras in 2009. Until then, it just seemed too expensive to grab the 5D mark 2 and shoot HD video. But that’s when it occured to me…ANY DSLR camera can shoot 2K footage in 2009. Just not necessarily in video. Let me explain.

In spring of 2009, I discovered that the cheapest of DSLRs and even some point and shoot cameras could shoot enormous photos, sizes far in excess of even Full HD dimensions. I did the comparisons and a 9 mega pixel DSLR camera can take single photos that rival the dimensions of 4K cinema cameras like the Red One Camera, easily a 50 thousand dollar camera investment.

Now, armed with this knowledge, I would have been ready to go, grabbing the nearest camera and doing awesome stuff. The only issue… photo cameras can really only take 3-4 pictures a second. And they don’t get sound. Now this would stop most filmmakers…but I had another epiphany.

How does a filmmaker separate himself from the tyranny of the 24p standard? Two answers… Animation and timelapse.

With stop motion animation, you only take a picture when you’re ready. Your subject moves an inch, take another picture. You shift things over a little bit, take another picture. Be ready to spend lots of time fussing over details. But when it’s finally finished, you’ll have created something that’s unique and unachievable by any other means. Awesome.

Everyone loves time lapses. Buildings go up in seconds. Flowers bloom in a moment. Hair grows, beards grow, traffic breathes in and out. Probably some of the best examples of timelapse video comes from 1982 in the epic documentary Koyaanisqatsi. Must watch for any filmmaker.

With any decent photo camera, you too can make awesome HD videos without ever touching the movie record button. From there, you can easily turn all those photos into a movie with free programs such as FF MPEG. Just load all your photos and let er rip.

Thanks for watching Behind the Scenes. If you’ve got any questions you’d like me to answer, put them in the comments and I’ll answer it in a video. Check back in Tuesdays for new episodes. You can subscribe right here.

So until next time, stay inspired.

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