Hypnotic Hyperlapse Shows Nearly 150km of Hiking, Took a Year to Make

Hyperlapse creator Dave Fanner has spent the past year making an epic hyperlapse video that he tells PetaPixel must be “one of the longest hyperlapses out there.”

The video follows the Canberra Centenary Trail, a walking path around Australia’s capital, Canberra. The circumnavigational path is 90 miles (145 kilometers) long and takes Fanner through various locations in Canberra, including the Parliament House, a cricket match, and even a hot air balloon.

“I’ve always felt the typical highlight reel approach doesn’t do justice to the immersive experiences one encounters on a long-distance hike. When you’re traversing a landscape for days, it morphs from an inert canvas into a vital and breathing entity, which I hope this hyperlapse communicates,” Fanner explains.

Fanner used an Insta360 One RS 1-inch camera to capture the footage, which he then graded, sped up, and added motion blur to using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. Fanner brought the video clips back into Premiere for final processing and sound mixing. The featured music is from Adrien Berenguer via Artlist.

The Insta360 One RS camera includes swappable modules, including a 5.7K 360-degree lens module, a 4K Boost lens module, and a 1-inch Wide Angle lens module.

Alongside traditional image capture and video editing techniques, Fanner also “dipped his toes” into software powered by artificial intelligence (AI). He used software from Luma AI, and says that his next project will be even better as he can shoot with AI technology in mind.

Turning nearly 100 miles of walking into a seven-minute video results in a fast-paced hyperlapse.

“Some people might think that the high-tempo nature of this video is antithetical to the serene ambiance associated with nature. Indeed, this is no ‘Life in the Woods’ — and yeah, part of the magic of going bush is to recapture a sense of tranquility and introspection often lacking in modern life,” Fanner explains.

However, he adds, “I just think that two things can be true at the same time. The tranquil stillness of nature can exist harmoniously alongside a vibrant, kinetic representation of landscapes, just like in this hyperlapse.”

More of Dave Fanner’s content is available on YouTube and Twitter.