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Short Timelapse at the Dubai Water Canal

January 2, 2018

First of all, happy 2018 to all of you readers of this blog. May your wishes be fulfilled throughout the new year.

 

I have recently shot the below timelapse clip at the Dubai Water Canal during the transition from day to night. This is what is called a 'holygrail timelapse' since it is difficult to shoot and nail perfectly without flicker.

 

 

I used my trusted Canon 80D camera and the Canon 10-18mm wide angle lens to capture over 400 shots at the location during the transition from day to night. Each shot was separated by a 4 second interval, and I also used the AV (Aperture Priority) mode so that it automatically captures the amount of light that each shot needs. However, using this mode can introduce flicker (variations of light in each shot), which looks unpleasant to the eye when watching the final video.

 

I usually process my shots for timelapse videos by using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. However, I used Lightroom this time to render the JPEGs and then used a new application that i have recently found online, which is called TLDF (Timelapse DeFlicker). What is nice about this application is that it renders the video in various resolutions (4K, 1080p, 720p) if you buy the full version. I used it in this clip, and it seems that it did a nice job with the deflickering process. However, I tried the application on other already-made videos that contain flicker, but the problem got even worse. It seems that the application is better at handling sequences of images rather than ready-made videos. I still have to test it further to find out.

 

Let me know what you think.

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