Stunning Cloud Fly Thru – creating motion from still photos

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Last year, Jeff Farmer from XNcreative.com sent us an amazing tutorial we called “Incredible “3D” motion from Canon Rebel T2i/550D stills” and he’s just sent us another stills-to-motion tutorial showing how they’ve created a video fly thru of clouds that were shot on a Canon Rebel T2i/550D.

It looks simple, but I’m sure there’s a ton of work in Photoshop editing the clouds and I’ve never used Motion (only $50 from Apple), but I’m sure there’s a good bit of learning to do there as well… but Jeff’s tutorial makes it look simple.

I’m aware that some of you have incredible experience creating something like this professionally for film and TV, but it is great to see such a simple demonstration of how something like this can be created with simple tools.


Cloud Fly Thru


Description from Jeff

Fly through the clouds without ever leaving the ground with this Motion project created solely from still images. With just a few tweaks, add a "Sci-Fi" theme.

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    1. Jeff Farmer

      Hello Gary: This was personal work done on the side, on and off, over a period of about a week. The vast majority of the work was extracting the clouds from the photos, feathering the edges and creating new cloud elements from scratch. Key- framing, editing, etc. was relatively straight forward and took about 4 hours.

  1. BestExposures.com

    Its impressive how you could create the sequence from photos shot from the ground. As a professional pilot I do a lot of cloud flying. While this has an obvious CG look to it, it is far superior to anything I have seen like it in the past.

    Maybe we can collaborate on a future project to make it even more true to life. I have some cloud flying videos I shot from the cockpit that could give you a really good reference. point.

    I think if you coupled this with strata-form clouds that you break out of you would get a more realistic look and stronger effect.

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