Seoul, Korea Timelapse in 4K! [2015]


Before my vacation, I knew nothing about making timelapse videos.   Well, I just got back from my vacation and now I know how to take RAW photos from my Canon 6D and Panasonic GH4 then use Photomatix to convert into HDR then finally convert it into timelapse video using Adobe After Effects.

Indeed, this process is very time consuming but since I was on vacation and had a lot of free time, I figured it would be a great time to do all that.   For my last timelapse video, I tried my best to maximized everything I’ve learned along the way, adding a few HDR timelapses into the video.  I also found HDR didn’t work so well at night, it was better to just take RAW photos and post process the images.

This is probably my last timelapse video for awhile since it takes such a long time to make one.  I used my Canon 6D and Panasonic GH4 to shoot 18,249 RAW photos (total of 358GB) over course of 7 days.  Of course, rendering these RAW files into timelapse video took awhile too, roughly around one full day of work then also another day to edit them into a video in Premiere CC.

Overall, I am satisfied with my timelapse skills that I’ve learned in the last 4 weeks.  I know I made a lot of mistakes (some of the footage have some exposure problems) but I think it will definitely improve over time.  And yes, my future Android videos should have lots of timelapse, if you have some good ideas for that, don’t forget to let me know, thx!


Seoul, Korea Timelapse in 4K! [GH4]


Over my vacation to Asia, I have really fell deep into timelapse videos, especially how easy it is to do with a camera like the Panasonic GH4, which has a timelapse/stop-motion built-in.  You can actually make a 4K video right from the camera.

Of course, post editing with After Effect should improve the timelapse videos greatly but since I did not have the time to really post process anything (as I am on vacation) I had to do everything on the camera.   For future, I am definitely thinking of doing some HDR timelapse videos and perhaps invest in new camera equipment like a new Canon 6D or 5D Mark III.

Although my Panasonic GH4 does quite well, I feel like I do need a full-frame DSLR for the best timelapse videos.  I will definitely work on that when I get back from my vacation next month but in the meanwhile, please do enjoy some of my favorite locations from South Korea in fast-moving timelapse action.  These were taken in various places in Korea, mostly in Seoul including including  Gangnam(강남), CheongGyeCheon(청계천), Hong Dae(홍대), Itaewon(이태원), Maebong(매봉역), and Chun Cheon(춘천).