Hyperlapse Tutorial: Creating Your Own Moving Timelapse, from Start to Finish

Hyperlapse photography is an increasingly popular technique in which standard timelapse imagery is brought to life with camera movement. Rather than move the camera with a slider or with a crane, hyperlapse shots move the camera across very long distances.

19-year-old photographer Morten Rustad wanted to pass on some of the things he has learned about creating hyperlapses, so he created the helpful 9-minute-long video tutorial above. It’s a great primer for anyone looking to get started with this type of photography.

For some additional inspiration on what you can do with hyperlapse imagery, here are some eye-popping tours of famous world cities that contain hyperlapse shots:

Paris, France

Munich, Germany

Berlin, Germany

Hong Kong, China

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Fullstop

    I wanted this. Thank you.

  • MarkLivesInLA

    Fantastic! Powerful images on a remarkable budget.

  • Bill Binns

    Great piece. This is what I come to Petapixel looking for.

  • noid

    Some people would call this stop-motion but this wouldn’t sound as fancy as hyperlapse.

  • Daniel Hughes

    he should just learn adobe premiere editing platform and not waste his time in after effects using warp stabilizer, rendering out a video, importing in final cut, and rendering all over again when its already built into premiere.

  • Thomas Casey

    Interesting, but why did you need to use full resolution files if you only need HD?

  • David

    I wish he’d gone into more detail on exporting from Lightroom, Adobe After Effects, and then Final Cut Pro X. Instead he just skipped over the parts. Finding the correct video format to export for each program is a nightmare. It’s even more of nightmare when it comes time to upload online. This is the one thing I still have no clue on how to do correctly.

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  • Morten Rustad

    From Lightroom I export the files in full resolution JPEG to have as much to work with as possible in AE and FCP. From After Effects I export in Apple ProRes (422 should be fine) to maintain the quality, still at full resolution. When finalizing and uploading I use the H264-option in Final Cut Pro, the project itself is 1080p. The reason to work in full resolution all the way until FCP is to be able to scale, pan and so forth in FCP (more important for regular time-lapses than hyper lapse).

  • Mike Diblicek

    Awesome tutorial Morten, well explained.
    What’s the music at the end??

  • kjb

    I’d say the distinction is, Stop-Motion typically involves a static camera with subjects being moved in-between shots. Hyperlapse involves a (mostly) static scene with the camera being moved in-between shots.
    Regular timelapses of course, are static scenes with a static camera position.

  • Jake

    I wish he’d given more tips about how to actually move the camera properly.

  • ├ôran Desmond

    Good,great,excellent, amazing.
    I’m inspired and will have to try this out for my self.

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  • Eport

    This is what I do:

    find a flat path to move your camera on
    figure out where your start and stopping points are.
    walk from your stopping point back to your starting point — with a consistent gate — and count how many steps it took to get there
    Then it’s just a matter of dividing your steps to how many frames you are taking to get a consistent flow of time.

    as for the framing of the camera, just use point focus to track a specific object in the time laps so you can keep track of its composition throughout your movement and change it if desired.

  • Jake

    And how far apart are the shots you take, usually? How do you take enough shots that they move from one to the next smoothly in the hyperlapse, without being too few that it’s choppy or too many that it’s a waste?

  • Eport

    I generally try to keep at least 2/3 of the previous frame’s composition for fluidity. This is easier than it sounds because if you only have 300 ft to work with and your gait is 3ft per step you’d have to be taking less than a half a step if you wanted a 20 second clip. My final advice is just do it and see how it turns out. Theory can only teach you so far.

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  • Ram

    Fantastic tutorial – thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge!

  • Evan

    Exactly, it’s all achievable in Premiere.

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  • Alf

    Thanks for sharing your technique. I’ve been wondering how these long tracking timelapses are achieved and you’ve explained it really well. Good luck with your work.

  • Randy Heinitz

    Excellent!Thank you for this