Hello Tokyo: How the Edits Were Done

I recently came across this video by Christoph Galep and was very impressed by the editing thereof. The transitions between shots and the slowing down and speeding up of the time-lapse provided a good energy to the video, something a simple cut edit isn’t able to do.

Galep notes: "It requires using motion blur, keyframe easing in/out and a lot of patience."

How to Do the Time-Lapse to Slow-Motion Progression

Twixtor is a plugin you can buy for Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere. The magic it brings is that it inserts frames into the footage based on the frame before it and the frame after it. Time-lapses and normal video can be slowed down without losing quality or frame rate, so this can lead to a unique style of editing that you can use to add rhythm to your video. It comes with a free 30-day trial.

Transition Edits That Looks Like the Scene Scrubs to the Next One

This style of transition adds a unique and powerful energy to your video and gives a great professional touch that you can share with your clients. I was able to find a YouTube tutorial that provided a good walkthrough of how to do it. It’s mainly done with keyframes in Adobe After Effects.

Galep told me the video was shot at 50 fps and took planning ahead to shoot a scene twice: a time-lapse and a slow motion shot that were then integrated with each other. This seems quite difficult to do with people walking around and getting the drone in exactly the same spot, a testament to his skill.

The gear he used:

Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 Di VC
Samyang 14mm T/3.1
Edelkrone Slider and Action Module
Adobe After Effects
LR Timelapse

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Michael Lin's picture

Beautiful vid and amazing skills. But... Drone...? He does know that flying a drone in Tokyo is illegal, right?

Conor Clarke's picture

There was no drone.

Wouter du Toit's picture

My mistake, sorry, no drone!

Oliver Kmia's picture

Yes, great video and editing. Are you sure there is drone footage in this video ?

Wouter du Toit's picture

No drone, my mistake!

Chris McCullum's picture

Way cool, but you didn't explain the one effect I've been trying to figure out! (The zoomy warp morph thing) (._.)

Wouter du Toit's picture

Hi Chris, the transitions were done like the video shows above. The 'zoomy warp' was done with Twixtor in After Effects.

Chris McCullum's picture

The transitions around 27-28 seconds, 34-35 seconds, and right at the 27 second mark (just the first few I caught) are what I'm talking about. It's a very quick "warp-drive" type zoom transition. The video doesn't show how to do that

Wouter du Toit's picture

Not sure I can help you there man, I was focussing on the transitions and the Twixtor slow-motion effect where the frames get added in.

Chris McCullum's picture

That IS a transition though (as is the part that zooms out from the big screen in the square at 18-19 seconds). That's why I was disappointed :\
The title of the article implies that all of the edits will be broken down, and you only mention two techniques