Virtually moving your camera for a timelapse thru space without a slider?

by planetmitch5 Comments

Patrick Kizny sent us his latest test this morning – and it is visually impressive – a method for taking a static timelapse and moving the camera virtually thru space… I think you have to see it and think about the fact that the camera couldn't really be moving there to then wonder how it was done. Most people will probably not even realize that the shot was ‘manufactured' in some way.

This technique allows to create timelapse shots where the camera is moving in such way that is impossible to achieve in the real world. In this technique, the static timelapse shot is projected onto a recreated 3D geometry and the virtual camera is created to film the scene. The geometry may be either recreated manually, generated basing on DEM models, LIDAR data or photogrammetrically.

Many thanks to Greg Downing @ XREZ studio for inspirations.

The final shot

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The How To

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Now isn't that intriguing?

What do you think? Something you have time and energy to do?

disclaimer: Patrick runs DitoGear and is a planet5D sponsor, but we think this would be cool enough to run without that sponsorship! But we wanted you to know that we're disclosing our relationships.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. I agree with Carl, the constant popups, begging for sign ups and comments, and this new rewards thing, are all really turning me off planet5d.

  2. And I agree with Mitch and Carl. This was a great site because of it’s purity – give or take a few banner ads. The pop ups, Mitch, are intrusive, cheesy, and adversely affecting the user experience.

  3. This is awesome. I work a lot with 3D apps and would love to learn how to do this. Any great tutorials on how to achieve this or would that take away from your Sponsor?

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