Turn the tide on Plastic Time-lapse video

Time-lapse Video

Vivid produce a lot of videos for various promotional objectives. Sometimes we create a video (for someone else) that aims to change the world. The Mirpuri Foundation is a non profit organisation, whose aim is to help make the world a better place. Using renowned aircraft refinishers Air Livery, the plan was to completely refinish an Airbus A330-200 into a new dynamic livery. The livery would match the Turn the Tide on Plastic boat. Vivid have become a time-lapse specialist with an expertise in the airline industry. Due to this expertise, Vivid were asked to provide a video that really showcased this new livery.

Turn the Tide on Plastic Hi Fly brand

Why the Initiative?

The Mirpuri Foundation have partnered with Hi Fly airlines. This partnership aims to promote the message of the growing issue of ocean pollution. If nothing is done to reverse this problem, then they estimate that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.


One of the main aspects of the promotional campaign is the Mirpuri Foundation has entered a boat into the 2017/18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The objective is to use these two promotional platforms to spread this important message.

The Design

One side would show the dark blue ocean polluted with plastic bottles and containers. The other side shows a light blue colour scheme with what the world could have, a clean ocean free from plastic bottles.

Turn the Tide on Plastic bottle graphic

The Process

The plane was inputted and then the paint was stripped off. The livery was an usual application as it had two distinct colours covering either side of the plane. On top of this colour difference, it had different designs for each side. Normally we can just shoot one side for the application of the livery. For this time-lapse commission, we had to closely liaise with the Air Livery production team to make sure that we had every application filmed. We obviously had to capture the whole process, but our main objective was to highlight the key messages on the plane. We took extra care to make sure that each stage of the livery’s house names and logos were captured.

Turn the Tide on Plastic plane about to be descaffolded

Final Thoughts

Turn the Tide on Plastic tail logo

Paulo Mirpuri, president of both the Mirpuri Foundation and Hi Fly airlines said “Only by acting together we will achieve our ultimate goal to make the world a better place for future generations.”

It was a pleasure to be a small part of this world changing initiative. We are really pleased with how the time-lapse video turned out and we believe the video will be an important part of the overall promotional campaign.

Turn the Tide on Plastic plane outside hangar

We urge everyone to find out more about this important initiative please read the new Mirpuri Foundation’s blog or check out the Turn the Tide on Plastic Facebook page. If you would like to find more about our time-lapse service please click on our time-lapse video service page.

Stunning Icelandair Video – Vatnajökull – Time-lapse video and Aerial Footage

Time-lapse Video

It was an honour to be invited back to work with Icelandair on their follow-up time-lapse video to their original Northern Lights video (please see below).  Icelandair is the main airline of Iceland offering it’s services to 39 cities over 16 countries. The Vatnajökull glacier video was to celebrate their 80 year aviation history.

The excitement comes from working with a company who really like to make a statement with their promotional materials and branding. They do not rest on their laurels and go to great lengths to produce memorable videos. These videos really show off the company, their brand and their home country. It is a privilege to work with such a proactive company.

The Concept


In a similar execution, the concept was to take a normal Icelandair 757 and to paint the Vatnajökull glacier on both sides of the plane. Their video would encompass the production process and the focus on the stunning aerial footage captured above the actual glacier. This concept would be inline with their promotional objectives of branding. More importantly the video would showcase the natural splendour of Iceland.

The Process

Icelandair Vatnajökull time-lapse video - Sanding

In terms of the livery production, this was a long process. The job started off like most of the airplane livery time-lapses we have produced in the past. The plane is inputted, scaffolded, sanded and stripped to base metal. The primer was applied and then the blue was applied across the plane. This stage of production is now the divergent point from the norm.

As Soon As Possible

A specialist company was then employed to create the glacier. ASAP Aviation are from Germany. Working with the biggest brands in aviation they provide a comprehensive service that includes design, layout and special paint jobs. This was certainly a special paint job. The team had 10 days to accurately recreate images from the glacier on both sides. This was from the nose of the plane stretching all the way to the underside of the fin. This is not an easy task, fortunately ASAP have a wealth of experience in this field and produced the Northern Lights for the previous Icelandair commission.

ASAP Icelandair Vatnajökull time-lapse video - Mapping glacier

They got straight to work, mapping out the dimensions and providing the blend from the sky to the main blue colour. Next the mountain skyline was applied and a complete white colour applied to this area. After this the team painstakingly added all the details to the mountain over a 4 day period. Referencing from very small sections of the main image, the team work together to create a perfect match. If you thought that sounded difficult, they then had to do the same process to create the more complex glacier itself.

ASAP Icelandair Vatnajökull time-lapse video - Spraying

Vivid’s role was to of course document process through the time-lapse technique and traditional filming. We set up 10 cameras over the whole period and used camcorders and DSLR cameras to record the footage. Once the plane was finished, it was sent over to Iceland to produce the stunning aerial shots you see in the final film.

The Result


Well it is there for everyone for to see. ASAP really brought the glacier to life on the plane and it looks stunning. This plane will now have so many practical and promotional uses. Apart from the main video that has gone live, there are news/print reports and photographs and video of the plane arriving at each destination. This promotion will continue for the life of the plane’s livery. The level of detail shown in the final paint is incredible and the likeness to the original source image is outstanding.

ASAP Icelandair Vatnajökull time-lapse video -Finished and outside hangar

Northern Lights #MyStopover

If you would like to see their previous video, please find it below.

Final Thoughts

It was a privilege for Vivid to work on such a commission. We have worked on numerous time-lapse video commissions and it was amazing to be part of a real effort to produce a stunning video. I think we can all agree they achieved their objectives.

Please click on the Icelandairair blog to find our more about the commission. Please click on the link, if you would like to find to find out more about Vivid Photo Visual’s time-lapse video service. Our time-lapse blog details more information about the time-lapse production process and the benefits of the time-lapse video promotion. If you have any ideas you would like to discuss, please call a member of the Vivid team 0n 0161 477 2404.

It’s another Condor moment

Condor, Thomas Cook and Sunny Heart Time-lapse

Variety of our Video Production

One of the great aspects of being a video production company is that we have a wide variety of commissions coming our way. As readers of our blogs may know, we produce time-lapse videos for the Airline industries. We were contacted by the German airline Condor Flugdienst, they wanted Vivid to capture one of their Boeing 757’s being treated to their new livery. We had previously worked with Condor, producing a time-lapse when they had a retro-livery applied to one of their planes, it looked very cool.

A still image taken from a time-lapse video produced by Vivid Photo Visual for Condor Airlines. Showcasing their new Sunny Hearts livery.
Condor Airlines Boeing 757 with their new Sunny Hearts livery.

Sunny Heart

The new livery, which would feature the ‘Sunny Hearts’ logo on the fin was to be completed by Air Livery at their Norwich facility over a period of 12 days. Vivid have worked with Air Livery numerous times and it’s always good to work on projects where you are made to feel welcome. We shared our production office with Mel, the airlines engineer, who was great fun as well as filling us in with some technical aspects of the aircraft, which was really informative.

Condor Airlines stencil being applied to the fuselage on one of their Boeing 757's.
Condor lettering stencils being applied.

We used a series of DSLR’s as well as XDCAM for the project. This meant we could cover multiple angles and create a time-lapse that wasn’t you typical ‘one camera locked off’ video. The total frames for the project was in excess of 60,000 and over 300gb, huge considering the final edit was 90 seconds in length.

To get the elevated angle for the 757 we liaised with Air Livery and the scaffolding team to have a custom platform erected as high as possible to the front left side of the aircraft. This would give us an ideal angle for the wide angle shot, as well as a vantage point for other sections of the process.

Condor Airlines 757 being repainted with their new Sunny Hearts livery. Time-lapse video produced by Vivid Photo Visual
View of the Condor 757 from the elevated platform.

Other cameras were moved, clamped and positioned according to the stage of the project. This hands-on approach means no important stage is missed.

For the painting of the ‘Sunny Hearts’ on the fin, which is the new logo of the Thomas Cook brand they flew in an artist, Sascha to hand spray the logo. Most logos on aircraft fins are vinyl decals, by hand paining the ‘Sunny Hearts’ I suppose gives each one a sense of individuality.

Sunny Hearts logo being hand sprayed on the fin of a Condor Airlines Boeing 757.
Sasha hand sprays the Sunny Hearts logo on the fin.

It’s always amazing to see something the size of a plane, at close quarters, stripped down and re-sprayed.

We hope you like watching the video. If you want to see a few more aircraft time-lapse video, please check out the Vivid Photo Visual time-lapse page.

Condor Airlines/Thomas Cook – 757 Plane “Sunny Heart” Time-Lapse

Global Branding Initiative

Thomas Cook has rebranded their logo replacing the ‘globe’ based logo with a ‘Sunny Heart’. This marketing initiative would link together all their brands under one common logo. When Thomas Cook and Condor were thinking about how to demonstrate this, they chose a time-lapse video and of course Vivid to produce it.

The Sunny Heart logo being sprayed
The Sunny Heart logo being sprayed

This is what Condor said about the Sunny Heart initiative… “To express our mutual identity and establish closer ties with other like-minded companies, we are uniting under a common symbol: a sunny heart. We live by the values expressed by the heart – trusted, personal and innovative. The heart will follow our customers throughout their journey – from initial enquiry, aboard of our aircrafts, during their stay and all the way home. It will simplify their choices by offering flexibility, give assurance and provide a visual reminder that they are well looked after.”

As one of their leading brands, Condor Airlines wanted to commemorate their rebranding of a plane with a time-lapse video to document the change. Having worked with Vivid Photo Visual before, and being a leading UK time-lapse expert, they called upon Vivid to produce this innovative video.

Benefits of Time-lapse Videos

Time-Lapse videos have many benefits to them. Here is a small selection:

  1. Show long and complex processes quickly
  2. Provide interesting and innovative videos
  3. Captivate the viewer
  4. Can incorporate standard footage
  5. Work well with social media promotion.

The Time-lapse Process

Once we had received the job request, Vivid worked closely with Condor and Air Livery to coordinate all aspects of the plane re-spray video. The video was hot at Air Livery’s Norwich based Head Quarters. The job was set over a 12-day period with obviously a focus on the rebranding of the Sunny Heart logo on the tail. Vivid always have at least two fixed camera covering the entirety of the shoot. We then supplement this by have multiple cameras covering every aspect of the process. This is so we do not miss a shot. A typical job can capture between 3 to 4GB of data.

The wing of the plane being painted white.
The wing of the plane being painted white.
Sun flare hitting the camera as the scaffolding is taken apart.
Sun flare hitting the camera as the scaffolding is taken apart.

Embracing Video Promotion

One of the benefits of working with a company and brand like Condor Airlines is how they embrace Video promotion. They fully understand the benefit of showing the company inside and out. This entails showing all aspects of how the company is run and the increased social media interaction that is associated with their effort. Their videos are from the construction of their engines, to new cabin interior refits. They also include fun videos around festive periods for example, or more serious videos showing their important charitable efforts.

Image showing how Condor Airlines is embracing Video Promotion and Social Media
Image showing how Condor Airlines is embracing Video Promotion and Social Media

From a commercial aspect this has lead to over 3 quarters of a million YouTube watches. They have over 2000 subscribers and on the social media side, nearly 8,000 twitter followers and 172,000 people who like the Facebook page. These are impressive numbers and only likely to increase in the future with more people who believe in the brand. What this does is help push the brand forward in what is a very competitive industry. All these number are people who will continue to receive high quality video content from Condor Airlines. This all builds up the brand presence and image of Condor Airlines as they look to the future.

The Condor 757 just about to leave with it's gleaming new livery and paint respray
The Condor 757 just about to leave with it’s gleaming new livery and paint respray

Our Final Thoughts

At Vivid, we are extremely proud to have worked on such a prestigious project as this one and are extremely pleased with our output. This was all aided by the teams at Air Livery and Condor Airlines. We look forward to hopefully further work these companies in the future. We will of course keep our eye on further videos appearing on the Condor Airlines YouTube channel. If you would like to find out more about our Time-lapse service, please click on Vivid’s time-lapse production page.

The reveal shot of the New Livery and Sunny Heart Logo
The reveal shot of the New Livery and Sunny Heart Logo

Guten Time-lapse Video – Celebrating the partnership of airberlin & Etihad

Etihad and airberlin Time-lapse Video

Vivid have produced numerous time-lapse videos for many different industries. What we are most well known for is providing time-lapse web videos for the airplane industry.

airberlin and Etihad Partnership Logo
airberlin and Etihad Logo #Movingforward – Time-Lapse by Vivid Photo Visual

Airline Partners

Recently Etihad Airlines and airberlin have become premium airline partners. They have been partners since 2011 but this is a new phase in their partnership. This partnership means airberlin has been granted a new connection to Abu Dhabi. This new connection is a gateway to the Arab countries, Asia and Australia for airberlin customers. On the other hand the reciprocal airberlin connection, provides the gateway to North America for Etihad customers.

Launch Event Video

To celebrate this historic new phase of the partnership, they decided to have a launch event and unveiling in Germany. The best way to show this new stage was to have time-lapse video showing the new joint livery being applied to one of their Airbus A320’s.

Vivid Photo Visual carried on their long term working relationship with Air Livery, and were asked to document the 10-day process at their Norwich facility over the Christmas period.

Time-Laspe by Vivid Photo Visual
Scaffolding coming together – Time-Lapse Video by Vivid Photo Visual

Time-lapse Video Set-up

We produced the time-lapse with a 6 camera set-up. The main camera (with back-up) was aimed to capture the whole aircraft, these cameras were positioned as high as would allow on a platform that was built for us by Air Livery. We positioned a 3rd camera to concentrate on the view above the wing on both the new liveries.  We then had 3 roving cameras that could pick up footage when required. Intervals between each frame varied from 90 seconds down to as little as 1 second for the quick procedures. We also took footage with our camcorders and spliced this into the main edit. Over the whole process took over 1TB of stills and videos to be used for the main video.

Tight Schedule

We had a very tight window for post production due to airberlin requiring the videos for their unveiling on the 12th of January. Lets just say, the first week back was a very busy week for the Vivid team. As always Vivid hit the required deadline and the video was used at their unveiling event.

Time-Lapse Video by Vivid Photo Visual
The Finishing Stage – Shining both the logos for Delivery – Time-lapse by Vivid Photo Visual


It was a real pleasure to work on such a prestigious commission and Vivid wish airberlin and Etihad all the best on their historic partnership.

About Vivid

Vivid Photo Visual are based is Stockport near Manchester and are a leading supplier of time-lapse video production, providing informative and visually interesting video production with a business backbone.

If you would like to found out more about what Vivid produce, please visit our homepage or contact us on 0161 477 2404. For more information about time-lapse video production, you can visit our our time-lapse video page .

Time-Lapse video for Thomson Airways – Vivid Photo Visual

Thomson Airway Time-lapse Video

It was great to be contacted by a new client Thomson Airways, to produce a time-lapse of an aircraft repaint. Thomson Airway is the world’s largest charter airline and a very prestigious brand. Thomson Airways wanted a video that would showcase and launch their exciting new livery paint scheme. Vivid like a good challenge.

Challenge Accepted

So the challenge began, organise multiple camera’s, clamps, cards, timers, controllers and power. Then to arrange clearance at the airport and to allow much preparation detail as possible from the production team at Air Livery. We have worked with Air Livery for some time, so we are very familiar with the respray process.

Thomson Airways old livery – Day 01

This was the first Thomson aircraft to be repainted in their new livery scheme was a Boeing 767-300. This is a sizeable aircraft and the repaint schedule was 12 days, so the Manchester based production team got to it.

The Process

It always amazes me, the speed at which these huge planes can be stripped down and repainted, yet this is a very complex procedure with extremely strict guidelines. In 12 days time this aircraft has got to fly as well as look great, so was another aspect of the challenge.

The process includes the following:

  • Plane input
  • Scaffolding dock
  • Paint stripper
  • Sanding
  • Prep for painting
  • Primer
  • Paint scheme application
  • De-mask
  • Prep for output
  • Scaffolding de-dock
  • Plane output.

The production process was as smooth as clock work. After 12 days, I am sure you will agree, it looks fantastic. It reminds me a bit of a Dolphin, with the curves and the shades of blue over the fuselage.

Thomson Airways G-OBYG prior to unveiling

Spot of Tilt-shift anyone?

Even though we were in the midst of producing the time-lapse video, there’s always time for a bit of creativity. I must admit I am a bit of fan of tilt-shift photography. So here’s a ‘creative’ view of the finished aircraft.

Can’t resist a bit of tilt-shift.

Beautiful Manchester Weather

As she was towed out of the hangar, seeing daylight for the first time, we couldn’t have asked for a better day. The sun was shining and the clouds were fluffy. The day before was torrential rain! Well I suppose that’s Manchester weather for you.

Thomson Airways 767-300 G-OBYG in stunning new livery

If you would like to read Thomson’s own blog, please visit Thomson’s Airlines blog. If you would like to find out more about Vivid’s time-lapse video production service, please visit our time-lapse production page.

Vivid, Virgin and Sky News – Time-lapse Video

Finally after a 2-year wait we got back on Sky News. This was to do with our recent award winning time-lapse video for Virgin Atlantic.

Our footage on Sky News HD

Richard is calling

Last month we were very excited to receive a phone call from Virgin Atlantic, a subsidiary of the Virgin Group. Sadly it wasn’t Sir Richard “smiley man with a beard” Branson who was on the line, but their Producer of OnBoard Media.

Virgin Atlantic had seen a recent time-lapse video that we had produced for Air Livery – a Manchester Airport based aircraft repainting Company. Virgin required a film of a similar ilk to showcase and launch their new livery (paint scheme) to be shown at a press conference at the end of July.

What is a Time-lapse Video?

For those not familiar with the concept of a time-lapse film. It is a cinematography technique whereby each film frame is captured at a rate much slower than it will be played back. In this case we took frames every 90 seconds over a duration of 15 days.

Graham in position waiting for the Virgin Atlantic 747-400

How we shot the Time-lapse Video

We positioned 4 cameras overlooking the plane and set them to take a single picture every minute and a half. Using this technique we were able to film the repainting of the plane over 15 days. This was then sped up, so the entire film takes less then 4 minutes. We also moved some of the cameras during the process, so in total we used around 9 angles. If it takes 25 pictures to make 1 second of finished film, then by my rough calculations, we took in the region of 60,000 frames in total! Also just to give that extra spice we added some HD filming for the close up shots, which we feel really brought the film to life.

‘Mustang Sally’ preparing for her make-over

Due to the tight timescales that we were up against Vivid were putting in some late shifts so we could meet the client’s deadline.

And here Vivid are on the Virgin Atlantic site

Please click on the following link to see the Time-Lapse we shot for Virgin.


We are really proud of the film that we outputted, and Vivid know that it was an important aspect of the new livery’s launch for Virgin Atlantic. We are also proud that such a prestigious company would choose Vivid Photo Visual for their video promotional material. If you would like to view Virgin Atlantic’s press release, please click to visit the Virgin Atlantic Blog post.

After 15 days ‘Mustang Sally’ looks stunning!

We wish Virgin Atlantic well for the future and I am sure that you will all agree the new Livery looks stunning and really compliments not only Virgin Atlantic but the overall Virgin brand. If you would to find out about our time-lapse video service, please visit our time-lapse production page.

Time for a Time-lapse

Resprayed plane leaving hangar - Time-lapse video production by Vivid Photo Visual
Plane exiting the hangar

Air Livery call on Vivid

Vivid have recently been commissioned by Air Livery, who are one of the leading companies in aircraft refinishing, to produce a Company Profile video to showcase their refinishing service. As well as filming and producing their 5 minute video we also produced 2 time-lapse videos of the whole event.

Preparation of a time-lapse commission

Producing a Time-Lapse is all about the planning and preparation. These are the factors that need to be considered;

  • Total length of time he subject needs to be filmed.
  • How long the final movie should be.
  • How many frames would be needed to achieve this.
  • Memory capacity required.
  • Power to the cameras.

So after calculating that we’d take a image every 90 seconds and the project may last 9 days, that’s a total of 8640 frames from each camera!

Time-lapse in a sticky environment

The other concern was the environment that the cameras would be left in, however clean an aircraft re-painting facility can be, there’s no avoiding the stripping, sanding and numerous paint applications. And don’t forget in the quantities required to cover 2 large planes at the same time!

So after weatherproofing all the rigs we were ready to roll.

So who was going to set-up the Time-Lapse cameras, in the roof of the hangers? Well there’s no room to be scared of heights in this game. That is unless your name’s Glen and you beg, plead and finally agree to buy the chocolate in the office for a fortnight.

So Glen was out of the running, too busy stocking up on Graham’s Boost bars. So it was decided that I was the action man of the team (mainly by me)

Where’s wally?

After setting the cameras in place using Arri Superclamps and adding an extra safety harness to each, just in case. I set the cameras going.

Daily visits were required to back-up the images from the previous day, as well as to change power supplies. All this had to be done without moving the camera’s, and when you’re 100ft up on a tiny gangway, that’s a challenge in itself.

Anyway enough of my super hero antics, below is one of the time-lapse videos, check it out.

We hope you enjoyed this short blog. If you would like to find out more about our time-lapse video production, please visit our time-lapse video page.