Using my Nikon D4 and the full size stills I was able to create a short Milky Way time lapse video in 4K resolution. 4K (4096x2304) is four times the size of 1080p HD.
I love making time lapse videos and watching those that others made as well. So, I Thought I'd share my settings and workflow so others can create time lapse videos. Its not always easy finding settings for Astrophotography as many photographer like to keep theirs secret, but I don't mind.
My workflow is as follows:
Nikon D4 -> Adobe Camera Raw (adjust settings and get the look desired) -> Adobe After Effects (using the GoPro Cinefrom 4K Codec) -> Premiere Pro -> Export 4K (4096x2304) H.264 file for youtube. This can be done on Mac or Windows computers.
***It does take some processing power to work with 4K resolution.***
As for capturing the Milky Way my settings were:
Nikon D4 & Nikon 14-24mm @14mm
30 second exposures, ISO 3200, WB 4000K.
Thanks for looking and if anyone has questions feel free to ask!
( for 4K resolution, click "Original" on the videos Youtube watch page)
To date I've only been a still photographer, but am interested in starting video with some starlight time-lapse. I have a D4 setup, and also just moved to the mountains and the house's rear deck faces the north star. The one time I experimented with time-lapse the D3s battery didn't last very long. Do you have a solution for external power?
Software to start? I have LR4 & PS CS6 now. LRTimelapse2? Adobe After Effects? Premiere Pro? I'm on Win7 with 16GB ram, SSD drive.
I recommend After Effects (to compile TL together) and then make your edits in Premiere Pro. Seems to be the workflow a lot of astrophotographers are using now to make their videos.
google the timescapes fourms. There is ALOT of good info over there. its helped me a lot!
Thanks a lot! Great stuff!
Thanks for posting it.
I'm also looking at replacing the AC adapter part with a larger battery (12V from the car for instance) but I haven't had a chance to research the specs yet. For now I use a 12V DC to 120V AC inverter, then use the AC adapter to convert back to DC to run the camera. Clunky, but it works.
Once I have the photos it's what to do after them which is potentially daunting, I've got LR4, PS CS6 and After Effects. My PC is however rather old now, AMD Phenom X4, 4GB RAM although it does have a decent graphics card and an SSD I'm not convinced I'll actually be able to do anything with it at all in terms of compiling a timelapse. In terms of capturing the raw ingredients, the images, I hope I'll be able to and worry about actually producing something with them once I have the hardware I need.
Does anyone have any experience with using the large resolution images from a DSLR in a timelapse to create the impression of camera movement, but what is actually just panning a crop frame within the full resolution frame out of camera? I haven't got any fancy gear to actually set my camera moving to do this, so wondered if it's achievable in post to get a similar effect using After Effects or Premier perhaps?
I don't have after effects or premier, but this can be done in lightroom. If you google J Kost Lightroom tutorials, she has an excellent one on cropping and moving the crop in a video. Relatively simple to do. I have used LRTimelapse as well, which is free for under 400 images. you can also do quite a bit in Photoshop 6.
Fantastic video and the music makes it even more better.
Would you mind sharing the technique used in rendering the star as streaks in a timelapse from 0:35 onwards ?
Did you changed your settings on camera to get streaks within single frame or was it done in post in AE ? Apologies if its been an ignorant question but very curious.
How many 30sec exposures was required to make 58sec of video when compiled? :-?
Absolutely beautiful timelapse! Great work!
Keep it up
Also thanks for the settings.
|SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
Great work on the time lapses, they are definitely enjoyable to watch!