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Time-lapse – Why we shot in 4K & 6K

Updated: Mar 12, 2019

Most long-term time-lapse projects we manage are building constructions that last for 3 to 5 years from start to completion. With 4K TV becoming the new standard in the world of digital video, more video content will follow suit over the next few years.

Future Proof Your Time-lapse Project

UHD has enabled the sharpest images to be captured yet without compromising quality during post-production edit. Skyshot uses the Titan2 time-lapse camera, which is equipped with the latest Canon DSLR, to shoot high quality still images. These photos are compiled on a video timeline to produce awesome Ultra HD 4K videos. To get 4K video output, we set our DSLRs to shoot at 5184 pixels × 2912 pixels, which is a manageable size of 6 to 8 MB per image. Whenever possible, we shoot at 6K resolution (6144×3072 pixels at 19 megapixels). We find 6K to be the ideal size because it gives us the most flexibility in post-production.

Shooting in 4K allows zoom-in without losing quality.

4K – More Flexibility in Post Production

Since time-lapse cameras are static, fixed to a location, for the most part, the lack of camera movement is unavoidable. Shooting in 4K and beyond allow us to zoom into the action, to an area within the framing, to focus on where the activities are. If your final video output is HD, shooting at 4K allows for “zoom in” up to 100% without losing quality. We use this “zoom in and out” camera movement almost all the time in our time-lapse production.

For these 2 reasons, shooting any multi-year time-lapse in 4K and above makes a lot of sense.

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