After five trips to the game reserve, some test footage and a 10 day holiday in Mossel Bay we ended up with 1 terabyte of raw stock footage. I've now edited this down to 3 minutes.
Everything was graded with the new Resolve 10. Finally the pink fringing problem is completely gone with Resolve 10! Another great new feature is a special RAW sharpening tool designed for RAW footage that really improves the quality.
After filming and grading 1 terabyte of footage with zero drop frames or any problems whatsoever I am starting to trust Magic Lantern RAW firmware more and more. I am still running an old build of 27 July. It can only get better from here on!
Once you get to know the workflow, working with RAW footage is a breeze. I think of RAW as Proress 444 with a conversion step in between.
I used the 3x crop mode on a lot of these shots. I discovered that the crop mode has the same effect as the 2x extender in that it magnifies the image, so any imperfections of the lens get more noticeable, although this is hardly noticeable as you will see from the footage. Turning my 200mm 2.8 into a 600mm 2.8 with a click of a button was really great. All the wildlife shots were filmed from a car with a big pillow rested on the window.
Workflow: Import into Davinci Resolve and export proxies. Edit sequence in FCP. Import xml into Davinci. Automatically relink to original RAW files. Grade and export beautiful proress 4444 sequence.
The part I loved most about Resolve's workflow is that you can apply the BMD Film color space and gamma to all the clips which turns them into super flat gradable footage. An excellent starting point.
For archive of the footage I decided to render all clips in Resolve to Proress 4444 with the BMD super flat color space applied to it and the white balance and exposure set as desired. I did a few tests and applied the exact same grade from a RAW clip on the same Proress 4444 clip and even at 400% there is no difference at all. The only difference between RAW and Proress 4444 is that you can change the white balance and recover exposure, so do this before you export to Proress 4444. By archiving Proress and not RAW you save 60% on storage. Proress HQ is just not good enough as you can see the difference so be sure to use Proress 4444.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: 70 - 200 2.8 IS II & 24 - 70 2.8 II
CF Card: 2x 32gb Lexar & 2x 64gb Lexar (all 1000x)
HDD: NextoDi NVS1501 750gb
Support: Tripod & Pillow :)
Software: DaVinci Resolve 10 & FCP
This whole project has been an amazing experience. The two of us became friends through Vimeo and explored a shared interest in timelapsing Yosemite National Park over an extended period of time. We'd like to expand this idea to other locations and would appreciate any suggestions for a future project.
Our hearts go out to the families of Markus Praxmarer who lost his life while climbing Half Dome on September 19th, 2011 and Ranger Ryan Hiller, who was crushed by a tree January 22nd 2012. They will be missed. (A photo of Ranger Ryan Hiller can be found to the right, above the statistics counter)
This is my second video project taken with my Nikon D800, Nikon 35mm f/1.8, Nikon 50mm f/1.8, Nikon 85mm f/1.8 and a Samyang 14mm f/2.8
The footage was taken within the last year and I took about 35,000 pictures, however many clips didn't make it in to this video, the final video consists of 15,000 single RAW photos.
All single videos are available in 4K for purchase, most of them have a resolution of 7360 x 4912 pixels.
contact: besler.jonathan [at] gmail.com
00:00 Hirschberg near Bad Hindelang 00:09 Hirschberg near Bad Hindelang 00:24 Hirschberg near Bad Hindelang 00:34 Ornach near Oberjoch 00:47 Iseler near Oberjoch 00:51 Iseler near Oberjoch 01:11 Grünten near Sonthofen 01:28 Ofterschwanger Horn 01:41 Schwarzenberg near Hinterstein 01:53 Hinanger Wasserfälle 01:58 Schwarzenberg near Hinterstein 02:10 Hinterstein 02:22 Imberger Horn near Bad Hindelang 02:31 Grünten near Sonthofen 02:43 Jägersberg near Oberstdorf 02:51 Köpfle near Hinterstein 03:00 Imberger Horn near Bad Hindelang 03:10 Near Bad Hindelang 03:18 Hinterstein 03:26 near Hinterstein 03:33 Ofterschwanger Horn 03:50 Ostrach near Hinterstein 03:58 Near Gailenberg 04:07 Burgberg 04:15 Ofterschwanger Horn 04:23 Ornach near Oberjoch 04:32 Iseler near Oberjoch 04:40 Ofterschwanger Horn 04:56 Near Tiefenbach/ Oberstdorf 05:05 Ofterschwanger Horn 05:22 Burgberg 05:31 Tiefenbach near Oberstdorf
This film was shot in two weeks (Dec '13) on the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Maui. Many of the timelapses were taken on Haleakalā (House of the Sun), which is a 10,000ft tall dormant volcano. The volcano is a timelapse photographers dream; the climate is in constant flux and the landscape is absolutely breathtaking. I often spent 12 to 15 hours on the mountain watching the clouds and photographing them. The trip was exhausting but it made me happy knowing I was doing what I love.