Seasonal Savings: 20% off selected memberships for a limited time. Give now

Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Evaluating the shot

From: Shooting a Hyperlapse Time-Lapse Video

Video: Evaluating the shot

Now that the rendering is complete, I want to take a look at Now, I really like this here.

Evaluating the shot

Now that the rendering is complete, I want to take a look at the clip full screen and really evaluate it for playback and quality. In Premiere with the Program Monitor selected, you could press Ctrl+tilde or the accent grave key. This is the key next to the number one on the U.S. keyboard. If you're using an international keyboard, just check your keyboard shortcuts and look for Maximize or restore active frame, and you'll see the shortcut key specified there. When you have the control key, it will maximize that window and hide the player controls.

Alright, up arrow takes me to the beginning, and lets take a look at the first part of the clip. This was when we were using shallower depth of field. And a shorter f-stop. This leads to less streaking, but less of the shot is in focus. Although, overall, it feels pretty good. There is a lot of light on the Vegas strip and I think we've got a good balance here, of things being in focus. With that said, there's not a great depth of field here. So, it's a good thing it's fast motion, because a lot of the image isn't quite sharp.

You see that basically the mid-field is sharp. >> BLANK_AUDIO >> But feels pretty good. I like this at eight frames a second. It's enough to absorb what's there and really see what's happening. Alright, now we're at a longer shutter speed. You can see that we're getting more streaks in the cars, the stripes on the road. And this feels much faster. Even though it's the same frame rate, it feels like we're flying through the scene. We're driving very quickly.

And as we're going through things like highways, we start to get streaks. You'll also notice that the longer exposure time leads to the starburst effect on some of the lights. So, I must say, I like both instances. They take on a very different feel. Even though we're shooting with similar intervals. Now, I really like this here. The GPS worked quite well. Even though we were varying our speed in the car, it feels like we're moving at a constant speed down the highway. You see those brake lights occasionally go off, we're obviously slowing down for the off ramp, there.

But nothing seems to change. That's the benefit of shooting with the gps. We have a constant sense of perpetual motion. Alright, little dark here, so I probably need to do redevelop this here. We changed the location. Now we're back into the light, and that's okay. Normally, you won't have such huge variances in the light, but if you need to, you can selectively develop. A little tough here on some of the longer exposures. You'll notice that things tend to blow out a bit. But that's okay. All in all, this feels pretty good. We've gone to a shorter shutter speed here, so things are a bit more crisp.

And we're back to the beginning. Alright. All in all, I'm pretty happy with that. For me, I think I preferred the more hyperkinetic version that had longer streaks. But this first version here would work very well if we were taking a more documentary approach. If we wanted to be able to make things out as we drove, I would use the shorter shutter speed and it leaves things much more recognizable. On the other hand, if I wanted things feel more energetic or more dream like, the longer shutter here really works well, and I'm very pleased with the performance here on the open road.

The GPS handled it quite nicely. We're maintaining a constant sense of speed and motion, and it performed very well. I don't see much shake, and this feels like a good overall production. For the most part, we're focusing on hyper lapses where the shot was triggered at a set distance. As we drove in the vehicle, every time we drove a certain threshold of a distance, the GPS in our device, in this case, a phone, would trigger a shot in the vehicle. This was particularly useful, and you can really see the benefits here in this night time footage.

We have what essentially looks like constant speed, but the reality as we were driving around, and if you've ever driven the Las Vegas strip, you'll recognize that it is the epitome of stop and go traffic. We were constantly hitting red lights. Dealing with speed changes. Getting our speed up, and then immediately having to slam on brakes. In the hyperlapse where we used the gps to trigger, this creates a very smooth result. Because the shot off at a certain distance, everything works out just fine. On the other hand, by comparison, the GoPro is shooting at a set interval for time.

And because our speed appeared to change, the time lapse itself takes on a very start and stop, jerky type animation. So as we're moving through this, what happens is, it just doesn't feel fluid. Now, the use of GoPro is a fun way to shoot a time-lapse and very practical. It just was not the right solution for our vehicles. But, we did shoot it as a point, counterpoint so you could see the difference between the two approaches. Alright, this particular shot worked well. I've got one more nighttime shot that's much more experimental.

We'll take a quick look at that and then we'll explore a longer, open road sequence and see how this did during the daytime.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Shooting a Hyperlapse Time-Lapse Video
Shooting a Hyperlapse Time-Lapse Video

30 video lessons · 5028 viewers

Richard Harrington


Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.

Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.

Mark all as unwatched Cancel


You have completed Shooting a Hyperlapse Time-Lapse Video.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.

Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.