My name is Tomasz and this is my blog! :) I'm a professional timelapse and hyperlapse photographer and the owner of the TL video company. You can find here useful tutorials, tips on filmmaking and BTS articles of my video.
Last week I showed youhow to shoot a hyperlapse with Moza Aircross gimbal, so now let me show you what you can do with it Here’s about 2km walk in the mountains! Fortunately my setup is not too heavy, however still I would prefer to get lighter lens But first, check out the video and then I’ll tell you about my setup!
Long Mountain Hyperlapse - YouTube
This shot is a part of my upcoming video “Winter”. There will be some creative shots there Enable notification on this blog to be sure you won’t miss that – click on the little red bell in the bottom left corner. So, me and my friend Michał went into the mountains in my city to create a timelapse shot of building a snowman (I was doing a few projects with him already, check out this sculpture shot: 2 Axis Camera Movement on a budget – Timelapse & Stop-motion). Unfortunately, it was too cold and we couldn’t make one, so at least I made a few hyperlapses This one shows almost whole path from Klimczok (1117m above sea level) to Szyndzielnia. Not very far, however the hyperlapse took about 20 minutes and it’s I think my longest gimbal hyperlapse so far. I really enjoy such shot and for sure I’ll be repeating that, but maybe in some higher mountains and not in the winter
For this shot I used of course Moza Aircross gimbal in yaw follow mode. If you’re interested in this device, check out my review here: Pan-Tilt Timelapse Head Replacement? Moza AirCross REVIEW . The camera I used was Sony A6300 with Sigma mc-11 adapter and Canon lens Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5. The lens was of course at 10mm. The other settings were as follows:
Manual exposure – of course
Shutter speed 0.8″ – same as in the tutorial. I like such a long shutter with scenery where there is not that much happening.
Hoya ProND 500 filter (9 stops of light loss)
Interval 1 second
The whole shot took 22 minutes. The result you watch is straight out of the camera. I just cut out one part, where I stopped so Michał could go ahead and appear again in the shot I didn’t even use After Effects for that, just simple Premiere cut.
I love that these one handed gimbals even with dual handle are really lightweight. Besides a little back pain I didn’t have any problems to shoot such a long hyperlapse
It’s been about a year since I released my gimbal hyperlapse tutorial. In 2018 I decided to create new one – with new gear there are new possibilities to those shots For this tutorial I used Moza AirCross, which I get from Gudsen. Check out the gimbalhere or take a look at my in depth review: Pan-Tilt Timelapse Head Replacement? Moza AirCross REVIEW
Gimbal hyperlapses are a fun things to do, however you’ve got to know how. On our Facebook group there is a question from time to time how to stabilize the gimbal hyperlapse or why is it shaky. You’ve got to remember, that Warp stabilizer doesn’t like such shots. I don’t think it has ever done a good job stabilizing my gimbal hyperlapse. You’ve got to be precise when shooting or stabilize manually. You can use Stabilize Motion feature (which I show in my Hyperlapse Stabilization tutorial) or just go frame by frame (which isn’t that bad after all).
In the video I give a few tips, how to keep it stable during the shot. Especially:
Use both hands – with dual handle or, if you don’t have it, keep both hands on the gimbal. That’s one of the most popular mistake. It’s really hard to keep it stable in one hand. With such speeded up footage, every move is visible
Keep the camera at the same height – gimbals stabilize the rotation in 3 axis. The height and sideways movement is your job!
Walk carefully with bended knees
Always lock the pitch axis if you don’t plan to use that in the shot – if you won’t tilt the camera during the shot lock the pitch axis (use just yaw follow or all lock). You don’t want additional movement.
Walk during the shot – it’s way more stable than trying to do move-shoot-move with a gimbal. Also, don’t try to walk extremely slowly, because it would also make the footage unstable.
Today I’ve got something less serious for you guys As I’m working on a very detailed timelapse course, I had to shoot some ‘messed up’ timelapses to show some mistakes. During that, I came up with idea for this video Let me know if you like it and don’t forget to subscribe my youtube channel! I’ve got 20 subs left to 1000, which let me stay a Youtube Partner.
How to Mess Up Your Timelapse shot in 5 Easy Steps! - YouTube
As I said in my52 Timelapse Project summary, I really like the idea of sharing with you individual timelapse shots, that are not a part of some bigger video. Just some random shots I came up with Usually, those are the most interesting, because if I want you to watch just a one shot (or one type of shots) it has to be good. So, here’s the first shot of a new series: Random Timelapse Shot. Actually, it could be shots also I’ll do quite similar things as in 52 Timelapse Project, but without any time requirements, like one shot a week. Also, as you’ll see later it doesn’t have to be just one shot. Sometimes I like to make more than just one shot with the same subject
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So, check out the shots and read details below!
Crystal Ball Timelapse [RTS #1] - YouTube
There are 3 shots in this ‘episode’, all static timelapses. Two of them are day to night shots. The ball on the shots is a crystal ball I bought for about 10$ about a year ago. For now I used it once in my 52 Timelapse Project: Crystal Ball Timelapse [5 of 52 Timelapse Project] . Every shot was flipped in post, because the crystal ball gives an upside down image. For every shot I used Sony A6300 camera and Zenit Helios 44M-6 lens. It’s an old lens with M42 mount thread.
Overall I think the first shot of these is the most interesting so I’ll talk about it. I spent an hour on the location to made this shot. Of course, it’s a holy grail day to night shot. The basic interval was 15 seconds, however I speeded it up twice in post, so you see the equivalent of 30 sec interval. I took 260 frames. The exposure parameters were as follows:
As you know (or you don’t so check out my tutorial: Day to Night – Holy Grail Technique [19th of 52 Timelapse Project]] ), holy grail technique requires changing exposure parameters. There are some problems with A6300 that I didn’t solve yet – I can’t change the camera settings using the in-camera intervalometer. And I don’t have the external one yet. There is an automatic exposure in Sony Timelapse app, which I heard is pretty good. I didn’t make it work because I didn’t think, I have to be in one of the automatic modes – in M mode you can turn on the exposure tracking in Timelapse App, but nothing happens during the shot On the other hand you can lock the exposure in Shutter or Aperture Priority modes in Timelapse App… it’s just Sony.
In the shot I’m talking about, the background bokeh grows. That’s the effect of me changing manually the exposure with Aperture ring on the lens. When you focus your lens on the crystal ball image, the background of the ball is really blurred. Such heavy bokeh is very sensitive on the aperture number. So, when I was opening the aperture – the bokeh grows. I like this effect, however it could be smoother. It already has some After Effects work on it to make it smoother. The aperture ring on the lens let me change the values by 1/2 EV. During the shot I thought I could take another M42 lens with smooth aperture control, however it would be harder to compensate the exposure jumps.
I was exploring the Reddit (I mean, I found a Timelapse subreddit, overall I don’t get this website xD) and I saw a question from Telichenabout hyperlapse stabilization. He shot his first ever hyperlapse, but couldn’t stabilize that. And as for the first hyperlapse, he make it really complicated He attached the source JPGs so I told him, that I would stabilize that if he agree for me to film that and release on my blog. As you see, he agreed and now we have another stabilization tutorial
I already made one last year, you can find it here: Hyperlapse Stabilization Tutorial but in this subject the more different footage I will show you the easier will be for you to stabilize your own shots. The basic concept of my work is the same in most cases, but every shot is different and has some different tricks So, be sure to check out both tutorials! This shot however was way harder to stabilize than the previous one.
It was quite fun for me to stabilize someones footage. If you have some interesting hyperlapses that you struggle to stabilize you can show me that in the comments. If I found it interesting, I’ll make such video with your footage
The whole process took about 3h. Of course it could be shorter with faster computer, however mine machine is not that bad When Warp Stabilizer fails, it’s usually a very time consuming process to stabilize the footage. Also, remember to be as precise as possible when shooting hyperlapse. You’ll save some time in post. Some things are impossible to stabilize, so bear that in mind.
Advanced Hyperlapse Stabilization in After Effects [TUTORIAL] - YouTube
I hope you like this very first tutorial this year. I know it’s quite fast, but it shows overall concept of stabilization such shot.
It’s been already 52 weeks since I announced and started my 52 Timelapse Project! The project is finished and I’m really happy with that It was so much fun to make this project and I can’t be happier when I know it’s done. I’d like to thank all of you guys, who supported me during this year! Check out the summary video and then below read what I think of this project and whole 2017, and what’s the most important – what’s next on Beyond The Time!
52 Timelapse Project REEL - YouTube
How I feel about 52 Timelapse Project
Just as I wanted it to be – this project was a great motivation to two things. First of all,to go out and shoot. Timelapse is all about experience. Previously, I rarely shot individual clips. Overall, I prefered well planned projects. I’ve had lots of different timelapse shots in my head, but until I put it in some project I didn’t want to shoot it. So, thanks to this project, I could shoot all the things that came into my mind. Not only could, but also must
Secondly, I was obligated to create regular content for this blog. Basically, it was the first full year of this blog existence and I’m really happy with it. Running such website seems easy, until you try Building community is not an easy task, but we’re heading in the rigth direction, of course thanks to all of you!
With such project, you can find out what kind of shots people like, what works better and what not. When you publish the timelapse video project, it’s judged as a whole. When you publish individual clip, it must be good to get people’s reaction. Of course, it’s extremely hard to release 52 awesome, entertaining shots. I’ve had some better and worse ones The additional difficulty was that I wanted a blog post about each shot. I wanted to let you learn something each week.
Now, I think that this project is a great knowlegde base for every one, who wants to be a timelapser. I covered there so many different, new, experimental techniques, that everyone should find something useful that helps them shoot more creative shots. As I said one year ago – that’s a project I wish someone made when I was starting out (or even now ;)).
Of course, I learned a lot from this project too. I already mentioned that I had to choose the right shots to get people reactions. For sure, I became a better timelapser. As I said, timelapse is all about experience. Shooting timelapse is very time consuming, so you’ve got to be able to predict which shot will work, and which won’t. Of course I had some trials, that just didn’t work and I had to reshoot to get the weekly shot. Also, I could understand more how Facebook and its organic reach works (I mean slightly more, it’s still hard to get a decent Facebook reach). There was also one important thing I realized while working with Facebook – it’s harder and harder to reach people there, without paying for ads. That’s why I decided to add browser notification to this blog. So, if you want to be notified about every new, interesting post here, click the little red bell in the bottom left corner
Of course, it’s not easy to be creative, when you know you must do something within a week. As with every commitment, firstly I was excited about every shot. Somwhere around the middle of the project, when I had the most of this year’s commercial work, it was really hard to keep this project running. I had to plan the shots according to my trips and buy a laptop to edit while I’m away from my home (and PC). However, such hard times (maybe even I could call it a crisis) make it feel even better when the project is done
Editing the summary video for this project was really fun! This video is a great souvenir, which reminds me of all the work I’ve done for this page during the whole year. What’s best for you about the summary video? On my blog, there is a tutorial for every one shot!
Overall, I think it was one of the best ideas I had for this blog (and for me personally) and was very developing for me and you
According to the number of blog post views, here are 6 most popular 52 Timelapse Project shots:
Of course, it’s just blog post views, I can’t count overall video views, because I upload the videos to different places, not just Youtube. So, here are my 4 favourite shots of this project:
So, the project is over. I know that many of you expect me to start a new one for 2018. If you think so too, I will disappoint you. I won’t continue the 52 Timelapse Project during 2018. At least not at the same name and rules I really like the concept and the freedom, that this project gave me. However, it was sometimes tiring to keep making..
Here it is! The last shot in 2017 Also, the last shot of the 52 Timelapse Project! I feel so good to finish it, without any cheating, skipping, just as planned. It was a very nice time with you guys. But enough about project – there will be a summary post very soon on my blog. Stay tuned! Now, I’ll tell you how I made this shot
Fifty Second Shot! - #52 of 52 Timelapse Project - YouTube
First of all, this is a handheld hyperlapse shot of me. Probably there are a few questions in your head right now. First of all – if you’re not familiar with handheld hyperlapse with a gimbal, check out this tutorial: Handheld Hyperlapse with a Gimbal [VIDEO TUTORIAL]. Secondly, if I’m in the frame, who made this shot? The answer is simple – my lovely wife She’s not very experienced with gimbals, however with my guides she was able to make stable handheld hyperlapse. And, actually, she read all my posts and was on both workshops I hosted – maybe that’s the key :D. That’s something really impresive I decided to give someone else the camera to make this last shot special
For this shot I used Sony A6300 with Sigma 10-20mm EF mount lens and Moza Aircross gimbal. Check out the overview of this gimbal here: Pan-Tilt Timelapse Head Replacement? Moza AirCross REVIEW. I set the intervalometer using built in third party app in camera, and set it to 1 second. The shutter speed was 0.4″.
Gimbal was in pitch-follow mode. So the pan axis was locked, and the gimbal slowly follows the tilt movement. I set the speed to 1 in mobile app and dead angle to 5 degrees. This way we could ‘end’ this shot with a tilt-up movement.
Of course, this shot was reversed in post. While shooting, my wife was moving forward, I was walking backwards. We started with me holding the paper, then I crushed the paper and put in my pocket Simple idea, but it makes the shot interesting in my opinion
Honestly, it was our second try. In the first one I put too many information on the paper and it was impossible to read
That’s it, 52 weeks – 52 shots On the 1st January I will release the project reel video together with a post where I put my thoughts about this project and plans for 2018. See you in two days!
Today I’ll be reviewing a very interesting product for timelapsers, who also shoot video (so the most of us ;)). It’s Moza AirCross. A small gimbal, mostly for mirrorless cameras (maximum payload of 1,8kg) with some crazy, unique timelapse features, that only Moza has. It’s a new Moza product, a smaller brother to the Air gimbal. Spoiler alert: I really like this small piece of gear! Currently, you can preorder the gimbal here: PreOrder Moza AirCross
Check out the video review. Please, let me know in the comments if you like this kind of presentation on my blog Below the video, I’ll write some expanded information from the video, so be sure to check it out too.
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Timelapse Pan-Tilt Head Replacement? Moza AirCross REVIEW - YouTube
There are several things I really like about the Moza AirCross, and, same as in every gear, some things I don’t like Here are the advantages for me:
Advanced motion timelapse feature. As a timelapser I travel a lot. Sometimes I have to go to the locations, that are hard to reach. If I shoot both video and timelapse, it’s great that I don’t have to carry two seperate devices for both. I’ve got everything in my gimbal
The gimbal size. It’s a small gimbal. Of course, everything depends on what gear you use and what you need. The maximum payload of 1,8 kg (and dimensions of the gimbal) fits my heaviest body+lens combination, which is GH4 with Sigma 18-35mm (which is about 1,7kg). My work in most cases is packing all the gear to the backpack and travel as light as possible. Also, I’m not a fan of one handed gimbals for professional, precise work. I mean, I love that they are so small, but I prefer to hold it in two hands. For AirCross you can buy a nice, foldable dual handle setup. Everything together fits very nicely to my Benro backpack
Powering options. The gimbal has some unique features when it comes to powering. In preorder it comes with free dummy battery (for now they have for Sony FW50 and Panasonic GH series). You just put the dummy battery inside the camera and connect it to the gimbal. This way you don’t have to worry about switching the baterries all the time (it’s especially important for Sony :D). Also, you can power externally the whole gimbal while using. I didn’t test that for now, but these two features will be awesome together When you’re not using external power for the gimbal, the batteries are still quite nice. Of course, if you power your camera from a gimbal it drains the batteries a little faster. Moza said, that normal battery life is around 12h. With A6300 powered from the gimbal in -5 deg. C wheather I was shooting timelapses for about 3 hours and still get around 40% of battery.
Quick release plate. It’s very slim quick release plate that works for both Arca swiss and Manfrotto plates. I use Manfrotto, so it fits my needs Also, in GH4 I use a Speedbooster, which has ‘built in’ arca swiss mounting, so I can use the GH4 without any plate.
These are the most important advantages for me. Of course, there are a few more, maybe important for you: there is a roll follow mode, which is quite unique. Also, it comes with very nice case. You can start and stop videos and take pictures using the button on the gimbal or thumb controller. The big feature is mimic motion control. It’s really fun to use! Other things, like 360deg motors rotation, hidden cables or toolless balancing are standard these days, so I won’t even talk about it
Every gear has some pros and cons. If someone talks only about advantages, it doesn’t mean there is no disadvantages. Here are some drawbacks I found for now:
Provided case doesn’t fit the dual handle. I don’t use such cases at all, as I mentioned I use backpack. However I know it can be a drawback for someone. You don’t have any case for the handle, and it gets easily scratched.
Joysticks, both on the handle and in Thumb Controller work in one direction at the time. I’m not sure if it’s a big deal for you. You can’t do skew movements using the joystick. Just pitch or just pan. However, you can make more complicated movements using the smartphone app control or mimic motion control. EDIT: I heard it could be changed in options, at least for thumb controller
Charger could be smaller. It’s not custom, but some kind of universal charger, with 4 slots. Moza uses 3 batteries for the gimbal (However I could charge the Aircross battery and a Moza mini C smartphone gimbal battery in the same time – 3+1 :)).
Finally I can set advanced timelapse mode with Android app!
There are also some things I would refine in the advanced motion timelapse mode to make it even better, I’ll be contacting Moza with my thoughts and I hope they will add some new stuff
I got a lot of questions about some comparison between MOZA Gimbal and Zhiyun Crane. I didn’t use Crane, so I can’t tell much about it. Probably, for video work they would work pretty much similar, as every gimbal these days. You should choose that one that’s right for you. Take into consideration the gear you use and the work you do. For me, the features I listed in the advantages are dealbreakers and it would be probably for most timelapsers.
So, is it a replacement for a proper timelapse head? Not in every way. It’s really usefull, but one drawback is that you can’t use it with a slider (well, you can but it’s quite hard ;)). The best 3 axis motion control shots involve a slider. There are also some limitations, for example it’s hard to use it in moving vehicle (for example for a drive lapse shot like this one). Although, it’s that usefull, that I can do pretty most of my timelapse work with it. It’s a great tool to just put in your backpack and find out the shots on the location.
Let me know in the comments what do you think about this gear. Also, how’s my first review on this blog? Let me know if you want more such content.
I’m still exploring the capabilities of the Moza AirCross gimbal, when it comes to timelapse. It’s a quite cheap video stabilization solution with really nice and powerful timelapse features. You can preorder it currently at Gudsen website. Very soon I’ll be releasing full review of this gimbal. If you don’t want to miss that, enable notification by hitting the little red bell in bottom left corner Here’s one shot I made for the review. Check it out and read some details below.
Advanced Motion Timelapse with a Gimbal - #51 of 52 Timelapse Project - YouTube
This shot is made with a Moza Aircross gimbal mounted to the tripod with Sony A6300 and Sigma 10-20mm lens. The gimbal is able to do move-shoot-move timelapse shots, so I could use a 2 second shutter speed to get the light trails of the cars. The other feature I use here is ability to set complicated paths with up to 8 keyframes. I love to have that option, so I’m not limited to just straigth paths. In this shot, I could follow the road with a camera, change the speed of the camera movement and at the and move up the camera to reveal the theater building. Of course, most of the timelapses are straigth paths, however with 8 keyframes, you can get really creative (it doesn’t mean you should always complicate your shot ;)).
The shot is slightly zoomed-in in post, and at the end I zoomed out for the theatre building. To smooth out the path I used a slight Warp Stabilizer here, but for sure I’ll be talking to Moza to implement same path smoothing in the software
That’s all for today. Soon I’ll be releasing some interesting stuff, like the Moza Aircross review, the last shot from 52 Timelapse Project, the project summary and reel! So, stay tuned For now, I’d like to thank you for beeing with me this year and wish you all guys Merry Christmas!
This week I got to test the new Moza AirCross gimbal. Of course, I’m mostly interested in how I can use it for my time- and hyperlapses This gimbal has an advanced timelapse motion mode, which lets you execute shoot-move-shoot motion control shots. It’s the only one out there that can do such. However, today let’s take a look how it works for handheld hyperlapses.
For sure I’ll post a full review of this gimbal soon on the blog, if you don’t want to miss that, subscribe to notifications by hitting the little red bell in bottom left corner You can check the specs and pre-order the gimbal here: Moza Aircross Gimbal Page
Now, check out my shot and read something about the settings and technique.
I made this shot with Sony A6300, MC-11 adapter, Sigma 10-20mm @10mm and as I already mentioned Gudsen Moza Aircross gimbal. It’s a one handed gimbal with an optional dual handle. Of course I used dual handle for that and I recommend – no matter what gimbal you use, it’s much better for the hyperlapse results to use the dual handle. The great option is that I can use a dummy battery provided by Gudsen to power my A6300 from the gimbal, which has 7.4V output right next to the camera. I was really scared about the A6300 battery life. Now at least on the gimbal I don’t need to worry about that
I was shooting with an interval of 1 second with a free timelapse application from Open Memories page. It’s a very simple application, but it suits my needs for gimbal work. It’s much faster than Sony app, however you don’t get the liveview during the shot and still you can’t change exposure parameters during the shot. For sure I will use that app for some shots The shutter speed was at 0.5″. Exposure was fixed in manual settings, I need to brighten up the darker places using Lightroom and LRTimelapse.
The shot was done in YAW follow mode. Pitch and roll were of course locked. In this gimbal, same as in the one from the tutorial, there is a parameter called deadband. It’s very useful if you want to take turns during the hyperlapse. It’s an angle, that you can rotate the handle, and the gimbal won’t react. I set it to 12 degrees and set the lowest available follow speed. Then – I just followed my wife
This shot took me 11 minutes. For such long hyperlapse it’s crazy fast. The setup is much lighter than my previous gimbal, so my hands didn’t hurt. However it will probably depend, how often you skip the gym With native Sony glass this setup would be really light.
As usually with gimbals, the result was pretty nice (I mean usable ;)) straight out of camera, but decided to make a few adjustments to make it silky smooth. Warp Stabilizer doesn’t work very good on such shots, you need to adjust bumps manually. The most work I put in the ending of the shot – the movement was spontaneous and handheld gimbal hyperlapses aren’t the best for such complicated moves. It turned out this one is quite nice, I really like the result. Besides the ending movement there is a ‘static’ timelapse. It was me just holding the gimbal still in the hands. This is the only part that really requires stabilization in post. Well, handheld timelapse I could put the gimbal on the ground (the gimbal has a mini tripod legs attached on the bottom) to get perfectly stable timelapse on the end, but I didn’t want to change the perspective so much. Maybe I should plan to put it on some bench, but as I said, this part was totally spontaneous. I planned the shot till the 0:08, then I just tell “keep walking” to my wife
It’s already 50th shot! Now, when there is ‘5’ as the first digit, it’s getting serious I can’t wait for the project summary I will post in two weeks. Enable the notification to be the first who see that! Also, feel free to join my Facebook group and share your works there: http://facebook.com/groups/timelapse.hyperlapse