Just One Camera Position and A Little After Effects

One Hour of San Diego Surfing Time Collapsed: San Diego Study #4
By Cy Kuckenbaker

SURF2

“There are no CG elements in the video. It’s all documentary footage arranged and collapsed together with After Effects. Compositing water is difficult. The basic strategy I worked out is to have the clips roll behind one another with the leading edge of the hind wave fitted frame by frame to the contour of the wave in front of it. The compositing was done using masks in After effects, which are key frame animated.”

Some people call it series time lapse, but he says it is more like time-collapse video. For an explanation of how he did it, visit his site where you can see a video which shows the making Surf Time Collapse using Adobe After Effects.


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