French photographer Yannick Cerrutti recently released a breath taking hyper-lapse produced over the Alps with his drone. It required two years of work and the capture of 13,000 DNG images to finish this project. His video has been selected for the 2018 New-York City Drone Film Festival.
Producing a hyper-lapse is extremely time consuming but the progress of gimbal and stabilization technology allows to automatize the process up to a certain point. Mr. Cerrutti used a DJI Phantom 3 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro to record the hyper-lapse but he still had to spend countless hours in post-production to stabilize the video in After Effects. Unfortunately, he couldn’t salvage all the sequences and had to delete some of them entirely before going back on site to shoot again with his Phantom.
Interviewed for Fstoppers, he said:
Hyper-lapse is a game of patience and motivation. It’s hard to motivate yourself to drive for hours and spend a day out in the wild when you know that you might have as little as 20% or chance to capture the right sequence. Even though I used the Litchi Application to program the flight with waypoints, once in the air, there is nothing I could do to control the gimbal or correct the motion. When the automatic flight starts, you have to wait until the end and come back to your workstation and check if the sequence is worthy or not.