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How to make cinematic motion shots with a Hyperlapse app
Hyperlapse apps make it easy and fun to experiment with motion shots like these scenes I filmed in Cologne with an iPad Mini and the ‘Hyperlapse by Instagram’ app.
Hyperlapse videos combine a time lapse with a camera move.
These kind of shots can bring a lot of creative energy to your film
In a time lapse, the camera is stationary. You can make time lapse shots with the Hyperlapse app, but it is best to use a tripod to avoid shaky footage.
A dolly shot involves recording a camera move into or out of a scene.
In this example I used the Hyperlapse app an iPad mini handheld as I walked back a few steps to reveal the cafe setting to the viewer.
This compound camera move was recorded with the Hyperlapse app. This pan-and-hold shot captures narrative motion and would be suitable to combine with voice-over narration.
A trucking shot captures action as the camera moves horizontally. Notice how interesting the shot becomes when the camera tracks along with a subject walking on the same axis of motion.
The camera rotates up or down in a tilt shot.
In this example, we see a follow-shot pause, and then tilt up to a hold.
Pan to reveal
In this pan to subject shot, the filmmaker is introducing both the art of Andy Warhol as well as a subject’s reaction to this particular painting.
The Hyperlapse app can produce smooth motion footage when the camera moves with purpose, like in this choreographed move.
Note: I will post a tutorial at www.mojogui.de that shows how to add speed ramps to improve a hyperlapse clip.
A pedestal shot is made with a vertical camera move.
Bicycle dolly shot
With one hand on the handlebars, and the other on the iPad mini, it is possible to achieve ultra smooth dolly shots like this.Smooth motion is the key to making great film shots and apps like Hyperlapse for Instagram can help you capture them.
More tutorials are available at www.MOJOgui.de
Author: ‘A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism.’ Professor: International Academy of Journalism. BERLIN