‘Layer-Lapse’ Combines Different Times into Each Shot


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October 20, 2014

by Michael Zhang, PetaPixel



Recently, we featured the work of a photographer who layered different times of day into single photos. Photographer Julian Tryba‘s recent project is similar, except it’s a timelapse.

Tryba has created what he says is the world’s first “layer-lapse” video, or a time-lapse video that shows different times of the day in different parts of each frame. The video is called “Boston Layer-Lapse“.

Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock. In the spirit of Einstein’s relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene. Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.

The project took 100 hours to shoot 150,000 photos weighing 6 terabytes and 350 hours to edit through 800 drafts and iterations. Each of the clips has an average of 35 different layers toggling in and out.

New time-lapse technique bends the spacetime fabric

Photographer Julian Tryba created this crazy time-lapse of Boston which, actually, is not a time-lapse but a layer-lapse: The objects in each sequence—buildings, vehicles, the sky—run at different speeds and times than others. That’s because he has layered them, animating each layer separately.

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Equipment used include a Canon 6D, 7D, 16-35mm, 24-205mm, and Tokina 11-16mm.

Tryba works full time as an engineer at GE Aviation and shoots time-lapses in his spare time. He came up with the idea for this layer-lapse project after learning coming across Fong Qi Wei’s “Time in Motion” project here on PetaPixel, which uses a similar layering idea in animated GIFs.

You can find a behind-the-scenes look at how this project was shot over on Kessler, which sponsored Tryba after coming across this video.

Update: This video of Chicago by photographer Geoff Tompkinson was released a year earlier than the video above. Although a bit different, it may actually be the first layer-lapse:


Color Grading Strategies

Originally posted on digitalfilms:


A common mistake made by editors new to color correction is to try to nail a “look” all in a single application of a filter or color correction layer. Subjective grading is an art. Just like a photographer who dodges and burns areas of a photo in the lab or in Photoshop to “relight” a scene, so it is with the art of digital color correction. This requires several steps, so a single solution will never give you the best result. I follow this concept, regardless of the NLE or grading application I’m using at the time. Whether stacked filters in Premiere Pro, several color corrections in FCP X, rooms in Color, nodes in Resolve or layers in SpeedGrade – the process is the same. The standard grade for me is often a “stack” of four or more grading levels, layers or nodes to achieve the desired results. (Please…

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176 FREE Premiere Pro Effects and Plugins! Plus 50 Free Plugins for FCPX!


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October 17, 2014

by Charlie at LightLeakLove

In this article we are going to share over 150 FREE Adobe Premiere Pro plugins and effects that we reckon are pretty darn amazing!

As editors we all need tools up our sleeve to help us achieve our desired edits faster and more efficiently. We also need to be pushed and stimulated creatively. The free Premiere Pro plugins and effects we have curated in this list will do both of these things; some will help you add that feathered crop with a couple of simple clicks, while others will apply whole new looks to your piece you may not have yet considered, influencing your creative decisions (in a good way!).

There are a heap of free plug-in effects for Adobe Premiere Pro out there, but here we have complied the ones that we think are the best!

Before we begin, we just want to give a big thanks to all of the awesome individuals and companies that have spent the time crafting these effects, you guys rock!

Let’s get started, we might be here a while!

Note – To access the effects listed in this article, simply CLICK HERE then on the effect title to be taken to a download page.

Pssst – For all those Final Cut Pro rockstars out there, don’t feel left out! We have an epic freebie list for you too! Click here to see 50 Free Plugins for FCPX!

Happy editing!
Charlie @ LightLeakLove.com


The Top Ten Final Cut Pro X tips for editing under pressure


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October 16, 2014

by Peter Wiggins via fcp.co

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Given two weeks, everybody can edit a piece on FCPX. That’s a completely different matter when you’ve only got a couple of hours before you need to deliver or broadcast your edit. Ten great FCPX tips from Peter Wiggins to help everyone.

Final Cut Pro X is quick, but that creates its own problems. Producers realize that more can be done in the time available and they’ll keep you working closer to a delivery or TX time. Gone are the 15 minute periods where you could put your feet up and watch the blue render line going across the screen. Simply put, FCPX will edit as fast as you can edit.

Over the last 18 months, I’ve used Final Cut Pro X in many high profile broadcast environments. So I thought I’d share my tips on making sure your edit reaches air under pressure. Not everybody can work under stress and I hope these tips might make an editors life easier.

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10 Turn background rendering on

You might be the fastest FCPX editor on the planet, but you will still get distracted, talk to the producer, need the toilet or get a call from the wife or partner that you have to take. Having background rendering turned on means that by the time you’ve told them how to reset the home wifi router again, you’ll have a fully rendered timeline.

9 ‘The banker’ make an early safety export

An old trick from the tape days of editing. By exporting an early version (or ‘banker’) of your piece with a rough grade across all shots, you’ll have a transmittable version in the slot should your edit suite die on you half an hour before air. It also gives the studio something to rehearse with so that the presenters can get the feel of the piece and write a sensible line out of it.

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Professional 3D Model Loader WITHIN FCPX!


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October 15, 2014

by Pixel Film Studios

Now load OBJ models directly into FCPX!


FCPX3D Model 1.0 from Pixel Film Studios™ allows Final Cut Pro X users to upload and control 3D objects in FCPX. With Object and Environment controls, users can customize the texture, lighting, background and reflection of their 3D model without ever having to open another software.

FCPX3D Model was professionally designed by the team at Pixel Film Studios™ for FCPX! Users can simply drag-and-drop a Model layer into the timeline and fill it with an OBJ file.

FCPX3D Model contains easy-to-use controls in the Final Cut Pro X Inspector that allow editors to customize their object, environment, and lighting without ever having to open another 3D software!

With FCPX3D Model, users can load up to 3 objects into a single environment in FCPX. Once uploaded, these objects will be able to reflect or even cast shadows on one another in real time.

Final Cut Pro X users can add realistic textures to their models by applying normal, diffusion, specular, reflection and opacity maps to their objects. FCPX3D Model supports basic MTL files.

Users can also remove the texture entirely to create a wireframe or point frame rendering of their 3D model.

Create a 360° viewing experience by adding an HDRI photosphere environment. With an HDRI background, users can move and pivot in any direction without running into any edges or seams. Also, if the Object is reflective, it will interact with the environment.

Users can move the light sources around in 3D space and watch as their 3D object reacts in real-time.

Once the lights and environment are in place, editors can adjust the reflection and shadow parameters to help blend their model into the scene, seamlessly.

Learn how to load 3D OBJ Models into Final Cut Pro X with the FCPX3D Model Lesson from Pixel Film Studios™.


FREE Color Vibrance Plug-in by Video CoPilot


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October 14, 2014

by Video Co-Pilot

Free Plug-in to create intense hot colorization in AE

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Intense bright colorization can be tricky so we created a plug-in that makes it easy to achieve HOT colors instantly.  Plus it’s FREE!

We even added some helpful matte tools so you can generate alpha channels from stock footage like SHOCKWAVE and give you more compositing control. Check out the video to see how it works!


Plug-in Features:

  • Add Hot Colorization with ease
  • Create Alpha Channels  (unmultiply)
  • Works on Pre-Matted Clips
  • Eliminate the faded colors when using mask feathering

Download Mac or PC
After Effects CS5, CS6 & CC
PC & Mac (OSX 10.7+)

We used the Color Vibrance plugin to make these Sci-Fi Guns Pop!

Click here to download.


Free Graphics from Pixeden


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October 13, 2014

by Pixeden


Free web graphics, background graphics, textures, psd mockup, text effects graphics and more… Our graphics are made to make your designer life easier with ready to use JPG and PSD format.  What comes to mind would be the easy use of the PSD’s in After Effects projects, not to mention web based projects, since these can be pulled apart for compositing.

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80+ Incredible Free PSD Mockups for Designers

Jeff Riegel, Editor:

An excellent set of free mockup graphics by Luis C.C.S!

Originally posted on Creativenauts:

If you don’t have any clue what this post is about, let me start with the basics. A mockup is a design term used to describe a scale or real size model of a design or device, they are used to demonstrate or present a product to the public (or a client) in order to gain criticism, release a preview of the actual product (not just a prototype or simulation) and a good way to introduce your design to the masses. Now, what I’m referring in this post, is the classic PSD file used to present designs on the internet in a very aesthetically pleasing way without having to do everything yourself, all you have to do is replace a smart object (a .PSB file) which can be done when you double-click a layer that’s supposed to contain our design to showcase (often, the layer as a recognisable name…

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Review: Red Giant’s Bundled Shooter Suite 12.5


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by Jeff Riegel


Red Giant software recently updated their popular Shooter’s Suite, now bundled to include PluralEyes 3.5, Denoiser II, BulletProof, LUT Buddy, Frames and Instant 4K.  Great detail can be discussed on these six products, but I’ll cover them briefly here.  Suffice it to say, all six are a necessary need in today’s video productions especially now that so many different video formats (SD to 4K) are out there.

PluralEyes 3.5 (Update)

PluralEyes is an application that examines audio and video data from any device and instantly synchronizes it in a timeline, saving creatives hours of monotonous work.  Fast, automatic audio synching with PluralEyes 3.5 eliminates the need for on-set clapperboards that come with multi-cam productions.  The app imports audio and video clips, magically synchronizes them, and then exports your final synched timeline media directly to your editor.  It’s a standalone application, not a plug-in, so its results work with every video editor.  Drift Correction is a cool new tool added to PluralEyes.  Often, when audio on one device is recorded separately from a video camera (ie: a Zoom recording), or when long-lengthed shots are created, the audio and video are collected at slightly different speeds thus causing the sync to deviate over time.  Drift Correction in PluralEyes can detect and fix this.

Denoiser II (new to Shooter Suite)

Denoiser II is Red Giant’s powerful visual noise reduction tool essential for anyone shooting in low light, giving you a professionally smoothed result that sustains and even enhances fine details.  It’s been compared to the very popular Neat Video plugin which now gains new competition from Denoiser II.  (See a side-by-side comparison here.)  Denoiser II is extremely adept at clearing up artifacts and unwanted noise grain while leaving the true information intact for great looking results, no matter the poor lighting conditions.


LUT Buddy (new to Shooter Suite)

Shooter Suite now includes LUT Buddy for sharing color decisions from on-location.  LUT Buddy is a necessary instrument for sharing color choices between applications as LUT files.  If a colorist makes a set of adjustments to a clip in Premiere and would like to apply the same operation to a clip in Final Cut Pro (or After Effects, Smoke, Motion or Resolve), the information from Premiere can be saved to a LUT file and opened then applied in Final Cut Pro.  The process of saving the color operation to a LUT is the job of LUT Buddy, which shares its values nicely with the next software in the Shooter Suite, the new BulletProof application…


BulletProof 1.2 (new to Shooter Suite)

BulletProof is Red Giant’s complete on-location footage prep to delivery standalone solution that quickly takes you from ingest to backup through export and delivery, capturing everything you need even if redundancy is required.  Rate, mark, tag metadata, and preview your color corrected clips all within BulletProof and save to multiple locations in different formats for your customer’s assessment.


Frames 1.1 (new to Shooter Suite) and Instant 4K (update)

Also added to the mix is Frames, a tool for deinterlacing older footage and converting it to 24p, and Instant 4K.  Originally called ‘Instant HD’, Instant 4K now has even more presets to uprez your older footage while keeping quality intact.  Instant 4K is great insurance that old SD (and even current HD footage) can still be useful in new higher resolution 2K and 4K projects.  Now you can work with the old and the new together in one project!  Instant 4K and Frames make sure the older footage you have matches the new higher quality footage you are currently shooting today.  This app is going to come in handy on a documentary project I’m currently working on which involves camera footage the GLJ Media Group gathered over the past 15+ years as well as archival clips from the 1930’s and 1940’s.

My only suggestion with Shooter Suite 12.5 is that it’d be nice to have a quick link to the tutorials on RedGiantTV.com or even include the video tutorials themselves with the software download.  I had to hunt and peck through their plethora of videos on their site to find what I was looking for.  The tutorials themselves should include and start with HOW TO OPEN each software.  Is this a standalone app?  Or does it open from within your editor or compositing software?  Each and every tutorial starts with the software already opened.   :-(

Shooter Suite, available from Red Giant software’s website, is made up of several different tools each having their own compatibility information. Learn more about each product’s compatibility and individual or bundled pricing here…


Special thanks to Red Giant and the Zazil Media Group for allowing me the opportunity to spend time with their fine product and to share my take on Shooter Suite 12.5.

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Final Cut Pro X Music Tutorial


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October 9, 2014


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While there may never be a way to truly measure what makes an NLE “the best”, when it comes to choice, diversity is one of the most important things an editor should evaluate.

This video takes a look into the audio advantages of Final Cut Pro X and how powerful composing, editing, mixing, and stereo-to-surround controls make FCPX one of the most powerful audio-centric NLEs available.

Light Iron is a post production leader specializing in on-set dailies and digital intermediate. From our facilities in Hollywood and New York, we deliver solutions that minimize time, maximize image fidelity, and increase filmmakers’ creative control over their projects.

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