The Making Of 'Paris In Motion:' How To Make a Hyperlapse

We were all stunned by Mayeul Akpovi's 'Paris In Motion' timelapse a few months ago. A spectacle of incredible timelapse techniques, the video was awesome and had many of us trying to figure out how he did it. Well, Mayeul has come clean, and let us in on the little secret. Check out the surprisingly simple technique in this short video, which was just recently released.

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holy shit! thanks for posting, so cool!

Salvador Salazar's picture

How do you know how many time do you need to be on a certain spot before you move so that the resulting movie comes as smooth as possible? And how far should you move to take the next set of photos?

Brian Williams's picture

Yes, I have the same question. 

umesh karki's picture

and  also not clear how do you manage focus!! auto or manual focus?? with auto focus you cant get such a smooth video( I think). and its really hard to work with manual focus, specially if you are walking with your tripod!!

PettyPoh SG's picture

manual focus, with aperture around f/16 should be fine most of the time =)

PettyPoh SG's picture

"one breath" of time - shoot, "one breath of time" - step and so on and so forth

Bob T. Shireman's picture

out FREAKING standing...

JetLife's picture


This is unbelievable! When I saw "Paris in Motion" I thought he had a huge dolly track or at least some sort of cart with minimal stabilization used in post. I am in awe that After Effects does such a good job. I need to start using it more.

Joe Gunawan's picture

Great video and BTS Mike. Love it!

- Joe


Dafydd Owen's picture

Cool post - want to go out and try this now!

Sweet that he doesn't even use a rail or anything, seems pretty low tech but the results are awesome.
Ah, the track to BTS is The Glitch Mob, check them out everyone :) Also featured in this really sweet BTS Chase Jarvis vid:

Scott's picture

I'm SO going to do this!

Christian Erbelding's picture

hi, could you please tell me how you stabilized the fountain sequence? I used ae´s warp stabilizer but it terribly zooms in and out when moving around the fountain?! Or did you use motion tracking?

PettyPoh SG's picture

good info, thanks for that ... i tried out hyperlapse last year after seeing some other videos, here's my first attempt =)