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Stormscapes

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 12, 2014

Nicolaus Wegner shot some gorgeous footage of thunderstorms and cloud formations in South Dakota and Wyoming during the summer of 2013.

(via devour)

Bird contrails

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 21, 2014

Artist Dennis Hlynsky films birds in flight and then uses After Effects to make their flight paths visible, like the contrails of high-flying jets.

That’s only one of several videos…there are more at The Colossal and on Vimeo. Nice example of time merge media. (via colossal)

World War II in 7 minutes

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 07, 2013

A 7-minute time lapse video of the European front line changes during World War II, from the invasion of Poland to (spoilers!) the surrender of Germany.

Surprising to me how much of the war involves no shifting front lines…the map view really emphasizes this in a way that other WWII narratives do not. (via open culture)

Portrait of the child as an old person

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 10, 2013

Anthony Cerniello took photos of similar-looking family members at a reunion, from the youngest to the oldest, and edited them together in a video to create a nearly seamless portrait of a person aging in only a few minutes.

The effect is as if you sat a child down in front of a camera and filmed them continuously for 65 years and then compressed that down into a 5-minute time lapse. Colossal has an explanation:

Last Thanksgiving, Cerniello traveled to his friend Danielle’s family reunion and with still photographer Keith Sirchio shot portraits of her youngest cousins through to her oldest relatives with a Hasselblad medium format camera. Then began the process of scanning each photo with a drum scanner at the U.N. in New York, at which point he carefully edited the photos to select the family members that had the most similar bone structure. Next he brought on animators Nathan Meier and Edmund Earle who worked in After Effects and 3D Studio Max to morph and animate the still photos to make them lifelike as possible. Finally, Nuke (a kind of 3D visual effects software) artist George Cuddy was brought on to smooth out some small details like the eyes and hair.

Fantastic.

Time lapse of old photo restoration

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 25, 2013

Nice peek into the process of Photoshopping an old photo to make it look new again:

(via @DavidGrann)

Riding an icebreaker

posted by Jason Kottke   May 08, 2013

Marine scientist Cassandra Brooks narrates a time lapse video of her two-month journey on an Antarctic icebreaker. High points: the ice ramming at 2:35 and the fishing penguins at the end.

Brooks blogged her journey for National Geographic. If you want to fall down the rabbit hole of how icebreakers are designed and how they differ from usual ships, Wikipedia is a good place to start.

For a ship to be considered an icebreaker, it requires three traits most normal ships lack: a strengthened hull, an ice-clearing shape, and the power to push through sea ice.

Video portrait of the Sun

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 26, 2013

In complete defiance of its parents, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has stared directly at the Sun for the past three years. Here’s a video of those three years made from still images taken by the SDO.

During the course of the video, the sun subtly increases and decreases in apparent size. This is because the distance between the SDO spacecraft and the sun varies over time. The image is, however, remarkably consistent and stable despite the fact that SDO orbits the Earth at 6,876 miles per hour and the Earth orbits the sun at 67,062 miles per hour.

The video notes say the animation uses two images per day…it would be nice to see the same animation with a higher frame rate. (via ★interesting)

Google Street View hyperlapse video

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 10, 2013

The term of art for time lapse videos in which the camera moves is hyperlapse. In playing around with the hyperlapse technique, Teehan+Lax developed a system to make hyperlapse videos using Google Street View. Like this one:

Make your own here.

New York Day

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 11, 2013

New York Day is a film by Samuel Orr that crams a whole NYC day into about three and a half minutes.

Orr is using Kickstarter to raise funds to make a longer version (~20 min.) of the film. (via @dhmeyer)

Male-to-female transition time lapse video

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 16, 2013

By now, you’ve seen a billion instances of people taking daily pictures of themselves and editing them into time lapse movies set to music. Well, this one is a bit different. It features an unhappy young man who, over the course of three years, transitions into a more confident and happy young woman.

This video makes me happy. And there are dozens of other examples and tutorials on YouTube of people switching sexes. What a boon for those who struggle with their sex/gender to be able to see other people who are going through and have gone through similar situations.

1000 years of war in 5 minutes

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 20, 2012

This is a time lapse world map showing all the battles that have occurred in the past 1000 years. Worth sitting through the whole thing to see Europe go absolutely bonkers in the late 1930s.

(via @DavidGrann)

Six playoff games, four days

posted by Aaron Cohen   May 23, 2012

With the LA Kings, LA Lakers, and LA Clippers all in the playoffs this year, the Staples Center has been pretty busy. Between May 17th and May 20th, there were 6 games. The crew at the Staples Center has to break the arena down between every game, what with all the different teams and sports. Watching the set up is pretty neat, and since no one would watch a four-day-long video, they’ve been kind enough to share a time lapse. Watch the arena go from Kings to Lakers to Clippers to Lakers to Kings to Clippers. My favorite parts are the pre-game introductions and that they lower the jumbotron every night.

(via Quickish)

Fantastic time lapse map of Europe, 1000 - 2005 A.D.

posted by Jason Kottke   May 15, 2012

This time lapse covers more than 1000 years and shows the shifting national borders of Europe.

There’s also a slowed-down version that shows the year and some annotation of events. (via ★interesting)

Update: The originals got taken down but the company responsible for the historical mapping software put up similar versions that I’ve embedded/linked above. But the new versions are worse and not quite so fantastic. Why is that always the case? (thx, andrew)

Zero to twelve years old in under three minutes

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 23, 2012

Frans Hofmeester filmed his daughter Lotte once a week for the past twelve years and produced this time lapse film. We’ve seen this kind of thing before (Kalina, etc.) but the use of short snippets of video instead of still photos adds something.

Hofmeester has also filmed his son in the same manner for the past nine years. (thx, david)

Update: Lotte recently turned 16.

(via @Raaphorst)

Time lapse of Hitchcock’s Rear Window

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 03, 2012

This is expertly done…a panoramic time lapse view out the rear window in Rear Window, stitched together from scenes in the film.

More information on how it was made. (via ★interesting)

Time lapse of ants invading a document scanner

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 09, 2012

François Vautier installed an ant colony in his scanner and scanned it each week for five years. This is the resulting time lapse video:

Five years ago, I installed an ant colony inside my old scanner that allowed me to scan in high definition this ever evolving microcosm (animal, vegetable and mineral). The resulting clip is a close-up examination of how these tiny beings live in this unique ant farm. I observed how decay and corrosion slowly but surely invaded the internal organs of the scanner. Nature gradually takes hold of this completely synthetic environment.

(via ★colossal)

Koyaanisqatsi in five minutes

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 06, 2012

Wyatt Hodgson took Koyaanisqatsi and sped it up 1552% so you can watch the whole movie in about five minutes.

Reggio uses time lapse in the film to great effect — you notice different things at different playback speeds — and Hodgson’s clever use of the same technique reveals the overall structure of the film much more than watching it in realtime…but the emotion of the film is completely removed. (via the candler blog)

Bay of Fundy extreme tides time lapse

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 27, 2012

The Bay of Fundy in Eastern Canada has some of the world’s greatest tides…at times, high tide is 50+ feet higher than low tide. Here’s a time lapse video of those tides in action.

Comet time lapse

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 29, 2011

A short time lapse of Comet Lovejoy appearing in the pre-dawn sky over the Andes. Wait for the last sequence…it’s the best one.

Lovejoy was only discovered in Nov 2011 by an amateur astronomer. (via ★interesting)

Year-long sky time lapse

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 17, 2011

This is not your typical sky time lapse…instead of looping through 365 days in one video, each day gets its own little movie in a grid.

A camera installed on the roof of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco captured an image of the sky every 10 seconds. From these images, I created a mosaic of time-lapse movies, each showing a single day. The days are arranged in chronological order. My intent was to reveal the patterns of light and weather over the course of a year.

Best viewed at YouTube in full-screen HD. (via data pointed)

Amazing HD time lapse taken from the International Space Station

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 12, 2011

Perhaps you’ve seen the recent videos of the Earth at night taken from the ISS…they were a bit rough. This? This is five minutes of gorgeous HD:

You can watch it embedded here but what you’ll really want to do is head over to Vimeo so that you can watch it in fullscreen HD. (via colossal)

A billion years in the blink of an eye

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 08, 2011

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things on one of my favorite shows (3-2-1 Contact) was Al Jarnow’s Cosmic Clock, a short video animation showing a billion years of time passing in fewer than two minutes. There’s so much science in this little video.

This is one of those things I thought I’d just never see again. YouTube is truly a global treasure.

Earth orbit time lapse

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 19, 2011

Time lapse movie composed of photographs taken from the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth at night.

This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy.

(via stellar)

Time lapse squared

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 08, 2011

Watch a time lapse video of an animator making a stop-motion video.

Inception horn!

nytimes.com front page time lapse

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 20, 2011

Seven-minute video of 12,000 screenshots of the front page of the NY Times website taken over a period of several months by “an errant cron task”.

More info here.

Year-long Moon timelapse

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 15, 2011

This is a timelapse animation of the surprisingly wobbly Moon over a period of one year.

Note: this is an animation, not a timelapse video…i.e. there’s CG involved. More info here.

Timelapse clouds

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 03, 2011

A ten-minute video shows clouds forming and dissipating at timelapse speed. Quite relaxing.

Best viewed in fullscreen HD.

Night sky timelapse…with a twist!

posted by Jason Kottke   May 31, 2011

This will be the hundredth night sky timelapse video you’ve seen but probably the first one that shows the Earth rotating instead of the stars.

Best viewed full screen. (via stellar)

Blizzard timelapse

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 27, 2010

A 20-hour span of blizzard in about 40 seconds. There are several points at which it seems the snow should stop accumulating on the table, but it never does.

Zero to ten years timelapse

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 02, 2010

Like Noah Kalina’s Everyday but with a newborn baby girl aging 10 years.

(thx, matt)