Timelapse and Blendeo

If you’ve seen any of my work you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Timelapse.

For example:

It’s a shot-for-shot remake of the Netflix “House of Cards” intro captured using iMotion (for iOS in the App Store) on an iPad and an iPhone 4. I made “City of Design” over 3 years ago now and it’s due for an upgrade.

However, the point is, I love the technique. Mobile devices are perfect for capturing timelapse and there are so many uses which will add an extra dimension to your ‘mobile movie’ – illustrating the passing of time with a clouds shot; illustrating a busy conference hall with people filling a room or coming and going through the conference space; or simply speeding up a process that would be tedious in real time.

Over the past year, I’ve been using FilmicPro more often for timelapse, however iMotion has more control over intervals shorter than 1 second and is much better for these kinds of clips:

iMotion is a great app. If you’re new to mobile filmmaking then the free version has all you need to get to grips with the technique before you splash out on (£)2.99 for the full version! What FilmicPro offers is a better use of the camera capabilities of your phone or tablet, especially in low light. More on that soon.

And so to Blendeo.

Occasionally an app comes along that doesn’t appear to offer an awful lot. However, what I’ve found is that while Blendeo is deceptively simple, it not only looks good, but has practical benefits for your timelapse shots too.

I haven’t stopped using this app over the last month or so – importing my timelapse and regular filmed clips, and applying the motion blur effect. It’s possible to speed up or slow down your clip and add varying degrees of blur, from barely anything through to moving objects all but disappearing. And  I can think of any number of ways to use these effects.

Now, I have to say I haven’t yet used Blendeo to capture the time-lapse – I’m already spoiled for choice with iMotion and FilmicPro – and so I need to explore further.

So, here’s a short sample reel that I made the first week:

It occurred to me that, without seeing the original clips it’s hard to make the comparison. So here you go…

I’ve made two videos, one with, one without Blendeo. There are subtle differences in the edit but essentially it’s the same footage. Watch and let me know what you think…

First: Au natural…

Second: Au Blendeo…

 

I particularly like how, in the Blendeo version, static objects become more of a focus as everything around them becomes, well, a blur. Another benefit is that in the Blendeo version I was able to run the timelapse at twice the speed. Often timelapse can be jarring on the eyes. However, with the moving parts mostly ghosted out it’s possible to speed up the footage because the movement is muted. The impact of this will vary depending on your subject matter, but here, being able to have more of the bricks appear in place was a huge bonus and sold the effect of ‘the build’ even more.

But I’m keen to know what you think.

Let me know in the comments below or share this post and tweet me @OnTheSuperFly

If you have any filmmaking apps that you’d like me to try out then comment below, message me or Tweet me.

Cheers!

 

#MakeSomething

This is what I tell my kids. Usually after I’ve turned off the wi-fi or taken away the TV or Xbox…

“Dad, what can I do?”
“Make something!”

For seven years now I’ve actively been finding ways to get people creative with the technology that would have had me giddy with excitement when I was 12/13 years old. Specifically the little mobile devices in our pockets that pass for phones (or tablets)…

There’s no question that the internet is a huuuuuge distraction and so it’s really important to make an more of a huuuuuuuge effort to block it out and get creative!

With a few clicks you have apps to capture and edit films, including special effects. You could also paint and draw, make music… maybe even get started on writing that novel… or, here’s a thing… be ironically creative (creatively ironic?) and make a game to zombify someone else!

Animation is a great one. The ‘magic’ of having an intimate object come to life is still an enormous fascination for people – a Frankenstein complex maybe?

Next month I’ll helping visitors, young and less-young, at Dundee’s Verdant Works to bring Lego to life! Bring your own device (be sure and download iMotion (Apple) or Lapse IT (Android)) or use one of ours. There’s even a dedicated child free session in the afternoon for you Lord Business* disciples.

This’ll be a fun and active learning experience that you can take away and recreate at home.

So make a date to make something with Playful Communications and Verdant Works:

Kids and Families: 10:30 – 1pm

Saturday Studio / ANIMATE

18+: 2 – 4:30pm

Intro to Stop Frame Animation

*The character who glued his models together in the Lego Movie

#MadeOnAMobile in Newcastle

Following a series of extremely well received workshops across Scotland I’m heading south to Newcastle with my mobile digital film making workshop… in November 2018.

And I can’t wait. I was there earlier in the year to help out on another workshop and fell in love with the place. It’s so photogenic and full of bridges… which is a win/win for a bridge geek like myself.

You’ll learn the basics of preparing your film, getting the most out of your mobile device and a number of techniques such as time-lapse, stop-frame animation, adding titles and music and sharing on social networks or through your website/YouTube.

So, stay posted or get in touch if you’d like notified of dates and booking information:

#MadeOnAMobile in Dumfries (Scottish Borders)

#MadeOnAMobile Dumfries

Thanks to Lindsey Mason Ross who invited me down to Dumfries in July to deliver a #MadeOnAMobile film making session to local businesses at Dumfries & Galloway Business Gateway.

#MadeOnAMobile winners Dumfries

Everyone had a great time and left inspired with a variety of ideas for promoting their businesses using video.

I’m now booking for Winter 2018 so listen to what these folks had to say about the session and have a think about if it’s for you, your team or organisation..?

Here’s what they said… 

 

 

#MadeOnAMobile – what’s it all about?

2018 has been a whirlwind of increased demand for workshops precisely at a time when I decided to demonstrate the power of mobile film making with an hour long documentary – captured, edited and shared from a single iPad.

So I took a few hours recently to put a short film together to encapsulate what I’m up to, explain what #MadeOnAMobile is all about and demonstrate what it can do…

So if you can give me (literally) two minutes, I’ll bring you up to date…

Open Close Movie with @Documentally Live in Newcastle

I’ve been following Documentally (aka Christian Payne) ever since a mobile network provider gave him the challenge of hitching from Lands End to John O’Groats with nothing but a handful of prepaid sim cards.

This would have been 2009-ish and the very early days of social media. However, using Twitter and whatever other social platforms were emerging at the time Christian negotiated the country, taking lifts and accepting offers of couches to sleep on and completed his task.

So, eight or nine years later he very kindly invites me to join him on a digital storytelling workshop to talk about my film, Open Close Movie, made entirely on an iPad.

We did some various bit and bobs but the video below is the live broadcast we did on Periscope.

It was a great afternoon and I met some great people who were attending the Thinking Digital conference at the Sage in Gateshead – I couldn’t stay because I was running a workshop in Glasgow.

So I hope to be back in Newcastle in November with #MadeOnAMobile – it was my first time in Newcastle and I loved it – particularly being a fan of bridges, the place is chock full of them!

Anyway, hope you enjoy the interview…

#MadeOnAMobile @ Stirling University

I always want my workshops to be fun. I want people to learn and enjoy themselves doing it. The group from Stirling Uni were going to enjoy themselves anyway…

It was business as usual, making movies on mobile devices but this group took it to another level. It was such a fun day with some really creative films… one of which you’ll see below.

First off, this is my view of the day with quotes taken from (unsolicited) feedback taken from Twitter – yep, they’re all out in the public domain for all to see.

So here’s one of the clips from early on in the day – I wish I had a copy of the full length version they made in the afternoon – hilarious… here you go:

I really hope to go back to Stirling Uni soon – they had such a great approach to learning and I would have stayed all evening – great fun!

MadeOnAMobile at Stirling Uni 2