Experimenting With Time-Lapse Panoramas

October 18, 2010 - If you've been following the blog over the past few months, you'll know that epic has been exploring the various potentials of panoramic photography. One recent test we did in the studio was to combine a time-lapse sequence and a full 360 pano of "The Cave".

We've been experimenting with time-lapse sequences as well as video inside panoramas for a while, and I wanted to try to integrate the two.

The below details the process of shooting and creating the effect, so if you don't care about the technical stuff, just skip down a couple paragraphs.

The pano rig we use is a Nodal Ninja 5 with RD16 Rotator. It was set up and we shot all the photos for the pano as we normally would using a rock solid Manfrotto tripod with a Bogan 3055 ball head (both products have been discontinued). The zenith and nadar shots were done hand held.

Next the camera was positioned to capture a few of the workstations in the epic office. These would be the stations in the time lapse. (Anthony's - left and Me - right).  The rest of the office would be frozen in normal panorama form. We set the camera to take one shot every 15 seconds with a fixed exposure and ran it for around 2 hours. Later we turned the image sequence into a 30fps video and stitched it into the pano. All images were shot with the same 10.5mm fisheye lens, so in order for the time lapse sequence to align into the pano, the images had to be adjusted with an optical correction filter in Adobe After Effects.

Checkout the results above.


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