Exclusive First Look: This 8K Time-Lapse Took 7 Months, 51 Lenses, and 15 Locations to Make

Later today, Nikon will unveil a new 8K time-lapse created using their Nikon Z 7 camera, and the results and process are quite impressive.

The time-lapse, "Earth, Wind & Inspire," will be debuted on a gigantic 8K screen at NAB later today. Though shot entirely on the Nikon Z 7, it used a variety of mirrorless and F mount lens (using the FTZ adapter). In fact, it used 51 different lenses, which you can see in the lower right corner of the video, which details how each scene was shot. Altogether, it took seven months to shoot the time-lapse, which constituted 5,675 miles of driving, 385 miles of hiking, 12 nights in hotels, and over 45 nights camping, with temperatures ranging from 98 °F to a bitterly cold -14 °F, as the team went anywhere from Bandon Beach, Oregon to almost 13,000 feet of elevation in White River National Forest, Colorado. To create the four-minute time-lapse, Nikon shot approximately 57,300 images, creating a whopping 8.3 TB of data that then required over 150 hours of post-production to render 28,150 photos into the final 8K video. It's quite the impressive achievement and an absolutely beautiful look at a lot of very inspiring natural scenery. Check it out above! 

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8.3TB / 57300 images = 144MB per 45 MPix image? Why uncompressed tiff, not RAW?

Christoph .'s picture

TIFF is usually more suitable to a video environment as most programs don't handle RAW/DNG as effectively as TIFF, jpg or a more universal format.

Justin Braase's picture

Just based on some of the incredibly creative and jaw dropping timelapses that I've seen posted on this website alone, I'd say this was a poor return on investment for Nikon...Seemed incredibly uninspired....so many basic looking shots.

Paul Lindqvist's picture

Kind of underwhelming doesn't matter what kind of lenses or cameras you use if you can't get the fluid pace and filmlike motion of a timelapse to begin with. Some truly jerky camera movements which simply ruins the shots sadly. Not take away the effort to get out and take these, sadly the execution isn't consistent enough. To me, there is simply a collection of different time-lapses of different style and quality I do not see anything that connects them.

Rob Davis's picture

Can’t really appreciate the real quality on our 1080p phones with massive blocks of compression from YouTube in the scenes, but the content sure is underwhelming. I think they hired the guy who edited that scene in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Weird double tree cloning or something along the treeline at about 1:36

Hideto Shimizu's picture

Check out my timelapse video. I think it's pretty good, compared to Nikon's.

Christoph .'s picture

Way better. They should have just sent you a few Z7's and a fat paycheque

Nicely done!

Justin Braase's picture

I hope Nikon is taking notes, because that's imagery worth showcasing. Beautifully captured and edited, my friend!

Very nice, I like it way better

Christoph .'s picture

All those lenses, on a high-end system and they couldn't be bothered to utilise motion on 90%+ of the shots, just static shots. Couldn't be bothered to utilise ND to smooth out the motion and reduce the staccato effect. A lot of the shots were underexposed and poorly processed, too. Very amateurish

Plenty of highly talented timelapse artists out there, they really dropped the ball on this one.

Am I the only to notice Nikon not only used but published a yet unannounced lens? At the 1:37 mark, it says Nikon 200mm f2E FL. Maybe they thought no one would notice, but this lens is not out or even announced. Well I guess it kind of is now, since they are being used, at the least a pre production lens.

I know these things take a ton of time and effort but this one was hard to watch. Too fast, too jittery, and absolutely no flow. I watched it to the end just to be fair but I wanted to turn it off around the 30 second mark.

This just makes me appreciate good time lapses even more. In fact I had to go back and watch "Alive" after seeing this just to cleanse my brain. That one gets me every time:



not sure why almost every shot was a time lapse. Occasional time lapse, as anchor points is fine, but there is something frenetic about this.

Paul Papanek's picture

Honestly...Meh. Looks like someone's first attempt at a time lapse...