Drew Geraci from District 7 Media, who has been a guest on our ON THE COUCH series before (click here) is certainly best known for his timelapse work, particularly the intro of the enormously popular Netflix show “House of Cards”. He’s taken his timelapse skills and applied them using the new app Prisma (free on iTunes), which isn’t just another photo-turned-painting processing app on the phone, but rather a complex set of algorithms that produce really stunning results that do actually look like a painting. In a tedious process, he has processed thousands of images one-by-one using his phone and stitched them together to create an amazing animated timelapse. Read the description of his workflow in his own words and watch the side-by-side video of the original timelapse and the processed images below! From Drew: After seeing so many stunning still pictures created in the Prisma App, I decided I wanted to take it to the next level and introduce motion. I had recently returned from a trip to China with hours of timelapse and drone footage collecting dust and decided this would be the perfect project to incorporate them in to. Each frame of the 1 minute and 20 second video had to be processed via the Prisma App which took almost 80 hours to complete. The processing/rendering was at the mercy of the servers. Most of the project had to be completed between 11pm and 4am EST because the app would freeze or shutdown due to overloaded serves or too many users on at the same time. Thankfully the algorithm used to create the painting-like scene(s) was very consistent when it came to processing the images. The total video was approximately 2500 frames and took a bit of ingenuity to stitch together. By the end of the project (which took around 5 days to produce) my fingers were numb and eyes bloodshot. The worst part was the constant repetition of taking the photo, processing the photo, moving 1 frame forward, and then saving the image. Sometimes I would forget to do a step and have to start over completely. It was mind-numbing work to say the least! The easiest way for me to create the video was to physically take a picture of the video (on a 4k monitor) using an iPad and save each photo directly to the iPad. Once all of the photos were taken, I used my PC workstation to directly pull the images off the iPad and onto a local hard-drive to continue the processing. All in all, I’ve very excited to have the project complete and out on the web. I’m looking forward to producing some 4k content once the desktop app arrives. Until then, 1074×1074 is good enough for me!Read more
There was a time when we laughed at the thought of DSLR cameras shooting professional video and challenging 35mm film. That time has passed. But today it seems we’re getting closer to the next shock, when mobile phones come into play. Here is a side by side video between the new OnePlus One phone and the Canon 5D mark III. Notice how well the phone reproduces the scene and how clean the image is, very much on-par with the 5D mark III, or even better. Furthermore the image of the OnePlus One video is a lot sharper than the 5D mark III, that is due to the fact that it records in 4K resolution and can on top of that shoot 120fps in 720p. With the right accessories maybe this phone could even become a GoPro replacement. Certainly one must point out that the phone’s sensor is a lot smaller than the one on the 5D mark III which both affects lowlight capabilities as well as limiting the depth-of-field to be very large, meaning there will not be any natural soft background which cinematographers love to use. The above video gives only a partial insight to what the phone can achieve as a video camera, limited to wide shots under perfect lighting conditions. It seems to cost $299 as the 16GB version which seems fairly affordable, both as a phone as well as a 4K pocket video camera. We can be curious to see where all this is going with the iPhone 6 announcement around the corner that is said to have an even better camera and rumors of lens mounting options. This is the first phone by startup company OnePlus. “One” is currently only available through an invite system. www.oneplus.net The videos were shot by filmmaker Giacomo Mantovani who says: The reason of this comparison is exclusively to discover how good is the OnePlus One camera in ideal light conditions, compared to a professional DSLR, nothing less nothing more. I wouldn’t use a phone for professional shooting, but for sure this is an incredible device for all filmmakers that want to be able to shoot something great on the go, when they don’t have their professional equipment in the bag.Read more
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