6 Stunning Time-Lapse Videos

The Vivid team always loved watching time-lapse videos, due to our commercial interest in the style. We also love the fascinating imagery it can produce. Over the last 12 months there have been a few time-lapse films that have broken the mould in terms of visual production values. We wanted to show what can be achieved with time-lapse video production. We hope you enjoy.

Barcelona

First up is a superb time-lapse by Rob Whitworth titled ‘Barcelona’. Rob has produced many amazing time-lapses but personally I think this is his best to date. Some of the scene transitions are mind blowing, literally how does he do it?

Ancients

There are some truly creative time-lapse videos out there. I always love a time-lapse that shows the beauty of Mother Earth. This one does that amazingly well. It’s simply titles ‘Ancients’ and by Nicholas Buer. Check out some of the night sky scenes, incredible!

Earth

The next time-lapse that I came across recently, dates back to 2011 but certainly isn’t in anyway dated. In fact it’s safe to say it’s out of this world, as the image were taken from the ISS International Space Station. The photographs taken over a 3 month period captures some stunning natural phenomenas, Aurora Borealis and Australis from various passes of the Earth. The whole time-lapse was skill-fully edited together by Michael König and is simply called ‘Earth’.

Virgin Atlantic

Next up is actually one of our own time-lapses, well you’ve got to like one of your own haven’t you? It turns out that other people must had liked it as well, as it was given a Vimeo Staff Pick award, which is cool.

Vivid Photo Visual’s Vimeo Staff Pick Award

It’s a time-lapse of a VAA Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 repaint, that was filmed at Air Livery in Manchester. It was initially put on Vimeo by the design company that was involved with the rebranding, and has now had over 325K views on their page. Maybe a little naughty on their part as it is our video, but they have now given us a credit in the description. I’ll link to our version as it’s the HD version.

The Lion City

The last time-lapse that I have for your perusal is from a guy that personally I think produces some of the most creative time-lapses I’ve ever seen. Keith Loutit was the first to create the ‘miniature’ look time-lapses using tilt shift lenses and other techniques. He’s now taken this a step further by allowing the viewers to experience focus and distance. Check out Lion City and be amazed.

Miniature Manchester

As an added bonus video here’s is our video ‘Miniature Manchester’ which was inspired by Keith Loutit’s series. It was filmed from a few rooftop locations around the city centre, as well as an apartment on Deansgate and Victoria Station.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick blog and watching a few of the time-lapses.

Who we are

If you think your company or business could benefit from their own time-lapse video or any other type of Web Video speak to Vivid Photo Visual, we’re based in sunny Stockport near Manchester and specialise in commercial video production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Summary

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 .

6 Great Time-Lapse videos chosen by Vivid Photo Visual

Time-lapse Videos

I love watching time-lapse videos, there’s something so magical about seeing time speeded up.  I thought I’d share a few creative time-lapses that I’ve been watching on the web recently.

Kuala Lumpar DAY-NIGHT

Firstly a superb time-lapse video by Rob Whitworth titled Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT. It’s an amazing video taking him 5 months and 20,000 frames. Some of the transitions between scenes and camera movements are awesome.

The Longest Walk

There are some truly creative time-lapse videos out there. This next one from Christoph Ruhage titled The Longest Way 1.0, captures a truly epic adventure. Christoph walked over 4500km across China and had the foresight to capture images along the journey that he could edit into a brilliantly different time-lapse.

International Space Station Time-lapse

The next time-lapse that I came across recently dates back to 2011 but certainly isn’t in anyway dated. In fact it’s safe to say it’s out of this world, as the image were taken from the ISS International Space Station. The photographs taken over a 3 month period captures some stunning natural phenomenas, Aurora Borealis and Australis from various passes of the Earth. The whole time-lapse was skill-fully edited together by Michael König and is simply called ‘Earth’.

Virgin Airways Ruby Tuesday

Next up is actually one of Vivid Photo Visual’s time-lapse videos. You’ve got to like your own production haven’t you? I actually found that other people must had liked it as well, as it was given a Vimeo Staff Pick award which is cool.

Vivid Photo Visual’s Vimeo Staff Pick Award

It’s a time-lapse of a VAA Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 repaint, that was filmed at Air Livery in Manchester. It was initially put on Vimeo by the design company that was involved with the rebranding, and has now had over 318K views on their page. Maybe a little naughty on their part as it is our video, but they have now given us a credit in the description. I’ll link to our version as it’s the HD version.

The Lion City

I’ve saved the best until last. The last time-lapse that I have for your perusal is from a guy that personally I think produces some of the most creative time-lapses I’ve ever seen. Keith Loutit was the first to create the ‘miniature’ look time-lapses using tilt shift lenses and other techniques. He’s now taken this a step further by allowing the viewers to experience focus and distance. Check out Lion City and be amazed.

Miniature Manchester

As an added bonus video here’s is our video ‘Miniature Manchester’ which was inspired by Keith Loutit‘s series. It was filmed from a few rooftop locations around the city centre, as well as an apartment on Deansgate and Victoria Station.

Summary

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick blog and watching a few of the time-lapses. Please let Vivid know what your favourite time-lapse videos are in the comments section below.

About Vivid Photo Visual

If you think your company or business could benefit from their own time-lapse video or any other type of Web Video speak to Vivid Photo Visual, we’re based in Stockport near Manchester and specialise in commercial video production. You can also visit our our time-lapse video production or read some of our time-lapse videos blogs.

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 produce innovative animated time-lapse video for Tecmark

Eye Catching Time-lapse Video

A few months ago whilst scouting locations for our Miniature Manchester time-lapse video we were fortunate enough to cross paths with Tecmark. Tecmark is a UK based Digital Marketing Agency. They specialise in mobile app development and marketing, as well as Search Engine Optimisation. They have offices in Manchester and London. Tecmark had seen some of our time-lapse video output including our ‘miniature Manchester’ video and wanted a similar style video.

Time-lapse video with Animated graphics by Vivid Photo Visual
Who are Tecmark?

Website Homepage Video

Tecmark were due to update their website and wanted an eye-catching video on the Home Page. They wanted a video that portrayed how technology has made our lives easier. How Mobile Apps mean we can have information instantly, wherever we are. We worked very closely with Richard, Kevin and Scott from Tecmark to come up with a Storyboard.

Video Storyboard

Time-lapse video with Animated graphics by Vivid Photo Visual
Working on the storyboard

The basic idea would be to show a young man at work. There would be a repeated scene doing the same task but in the years 1991, 2001 and now 2011. As the years have progressed, that task has become simpler. We wanted the film to have a movie trailer feel, that grows in pace. It would build up to a final scene with bespoke animated graphics. This would show how people use mobiles for so many things in our modern world.

Prop Search

Once the final Storyboard had been agreed, we had to source props. We wanted the same feel to each decade with subtle changes. For example with the computers used, going from an old PC up to a iMac to an iPad. As we’re all football fans we used the nearest football tournament mug to the year. So we had Italy 1990, Euro 2000 and Africa 2010. There’s also a few other props on the desks, cassette walkman for 1991, Sony mobile phone for 2001 and an iPad for 2011.

Filming and Editing

Time-lapse video with Animated graphics by Vivid Photo Visual
Danny outside Manchester Library

We filmed it over 2 days in Manchester and used local actor Danny Jackson, who we’d worked with before. To make the video stand out we created and animated bespoke graphics to really show how consumers are using smart phones and tablets to access the world around them. This all cumulates in the final scene. Danny is seen walking through Manchester’s iconic St Peters Square. He is using his smart phone and information just pops out of the screen. Then the scene opens to a wider shot and everyone is using their phone for information.

Adding Graphical Animation

It was really important to make the video standout. We obviously used the time-lapse technique but we wanted to complement this look with something that elevated the promotional video. With the theme being about the changing nature and impact of technology on our world. For this we implemented bespoke graphical elements that showed the person’s mobile information being displayed above them as they moved through the scene. This was also used on objects like the local transport networks.

Animated time-lapse by Vivid Photo Visual showing Manchester's St Peter Square
Manchester’s St Peter Square

Final Thoughts

We are really happy with the final film and it fits perfectly on Tecmark’s new website. We received great feedback from Tecmark, who have already used the corporate video at trade shows as well as on their website.

We’re looking forward to working with Tecmark again in the future on video production jobs. If you would like to find out more about our time-lapse video production service, please visit our time-lapse video page. Please click on the following links, if you would like to found out more about our animation video production service or contact a member of the Vivid team.

 

Miniature Manchester Tilt Shift Time-Lapse

Manchester Tilt-shift Time-lapse

Well it’s nearly Christmas and the Vivid team decided that as part of our Christmas email campaign we should create a film that was a little different. Inspired by Australian filmmaker Keith Loutit, we decided to produce a short film tilt-shift time-lapse based around our home town of Manchester.

We used a technique called tilt shift time-lapse. For those not familiar with this, basically specialist lenses are used that enable the plane of focus to be tilted at an angle. When this is combined with an elevated view point it gives an almost “Toy Town” effect.

Looking down over St Peter’s Square in Manchester

Challenging Shoot on the rooftops of Manchester

First we needed to obtain access to some rooftops in and around Manchester. We were fortunate enough to have a few clients in Manchester that were very obliging. Coupled with some friends, and friends of friends who we managed to sweet talk. We filmed it over a few days and from 4 or 5 locations to give some variety.

One of the challenges when filming from rooftops is wind. You’re at the mercy of the Great British weather, and the wind is obviously not blocked by other building when you’re on the top of them.

Smile for the camera but don’t look down.

Safety is paramount

Obviously the main concern is Safety; of ourselves, the public and our equipment. All cameras & tripods are secured individually using climbing clips and webbing, so there is no chance of anything falling. As for us, we were clipped into literally the building, so there was no chance of any accidents.

Vivid would like to thank all the people and companies that gave us access. As we mentioned at the time Miniature Manchester is an on-going project. We hope to add further locations in the coming months. So watch this space…

Vivid Photo Visual are really proud of our tilt-shift time-lapse of Manchester. It was a wonderful experience to really produce a creative video and to try and emulate a hero of ours. All that’s left to say, is have a wonderful Christmas and fun packed New Year, oh and enjoy the video.

If you would like to find out more about our time-lapse video production service offering, please visit our time-lapse video page. To view more blogs, please click on our time-lapse blog page.