The Quicklapse Technique by Sanchez & Olaso

March 2nd, 2015

SonBrullHotelArt Sanchez, sent me a link to this video today which illustrates a new technique that Art and Miguel de Olaso have developed recently they call Quicklapse that allows them to obtain 8K video resolution. Art and Miguel want to share this new technique with the PFRE community because they believe it is particularly well adapted to shooting objects that don’t involve a lot of movement – like architecture.

Art and Miguel have written a detailed description of their technique on their Blog. The following is a summary of the technique:

The Quicklapse technique is a way to generate ultra high resolution real time video. By capturing continuous bursts of still images and applying interpolation algorithms in post-production to fill up the missing frames we are able to create unsurpassed video quality.

Advantages of Quicklapse:

  • High resolution and rich colour imagery: real time video with photographic quality.
  • Full frame 24x36mm sensor= good in low light conditions, optimal lens coverage specially with wide angles and tilt and shift lenses.

Disadvantages of Quicklapse:

  • Tedious and slow workflow derived by working with such an enormous images and raw formats not developed for video.
  • A limiting factor: fast moving objects can be a problem, such as trees or water splashes.

Why choosing Quicklapse over traditional high end video?

  • Higher resolution files for a much better stabilization and perspective correction, ideal for a 8K or 4K finish.
  • Excellent performance: dynamic range, low noise, raw flexibility and great color science
  • Lighter camera setup, offering more stability when using complex multi-axis motion control rigs.
  • Photographic post-production color correction workflow: it becomes easier to emulate the architectural photography look.

For complete details and history on Quicklapse see the complete article on the Sanchez&Olaso blog.

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19 Responses to “The Quicklapse Technique by Sanchez & Olaso”

  • Can’t quite wrap my brain around how this process is different than regular time lapse? I see they use burst mode, but not sure how that applies to what they are doing. Am I missing something? Is it just bursting a ton of photos over a shorter period of time from point a to point b?

  • Wow! Gorgeous video. I love the different movements throughout. Im looking forward to attempting integrate a few moves into my videos with my Sony A7S.
    Thank you for sharing this video along with their website.

  • Hi Jordan,
    Timelapse represents a longer lapse of time than Quicklapse: In Quicklapse the interval is much shorter in order to offer a motion perception like 24/25p video.We avoided long takes where trees, people, water and clouds use to move much faster in Timelapse.

    Quicklapse is diffetent than standard burst mode. Like we have explained in the full post, we adjust the in-camera parameters (like matching the shutter speed with the 180° shuter) with the final video sequence in mind. We also apply some interpolation and time remapping techniques in post-production.

  • I forgot to note in my last comment that when shooting Timelapse in interiors the light position changes, in Quicklapse we have obtained that standard motion feel and the light doesn’t change

  • That looks like a lot of work. I think I would rather just shoot with a 4K camera like the FS7. By the time you purchase all the motion control gear and then spend the time processing the footage you have paid for the camera. Then add a good slider like the Cinevate Hedron with the flywheel to give you smooth motion. If you really need the extra to crop in post get/rent an Epic Dragon (6K @ 100fps) or work hard on getting it right in camera. So much work to achieve what these tools give you naturally and at much higher frame rates.

  • Love the text effect… great tracking. Is this a plug in or done by hand in Adobe AE?

  • haha, still way above my head. The 180 degree shutter Thing loses me, as well as how the burst mode applies. Everything looks great!

  • Hi Greg,
    -Using higher frame rates than 25fps is a clear drawback when shooting properties,aesthetics aside. Some interiors are dark and contrasty and if you set your fps at 50 or 100 means that you need to set 1/100 or 1/200 as shutter spead; in that case you are forced to use a high iso value and with serious noise. Architectural photography is cleaner than news or even weddings photography so, I think that video should adopt the same look.

    -Whith Quicklapse you can shoot a continuous burst at 1/6 (for example) and be able to use a lower iso with minimal noise and more usable DR.

    -With Quicklapse is easier to adopt the architectural photography look and color, you can ever use the same tools for the image processing.

    -In this field, Motorized sliders are more precise than any other manual movement. You can’t achieve the same results. Is not easy to do a 3 axis movement by hand, even with the help of a second operator,period.

    Everybody has it’s techniques and ways of working and every budget requiere a different tool.

  • Beautiful video. Made me want more so I came upon this video made 3 years ago. Amazing how they both relay such a different feel of the same place.

  • Beautiful!

    Art, if I understand this correctly, the word Quicklapse implies that the slider move is as fast as a regular slider movement, except it’s comprised of bursts (as oppsed to video)? So shooting time is similar to video (except maybe to setup the time lapse box)?

    I think the thing that blows my mind is that you’ve burned up 1/4 to 1/2 the shutter life of the camera in such a short time. This kind of project would require clients with very deep pockets. 🙂

  • That’s sure very nice image quality, but like everything else in photography, it comes at a cost that needs to be factored into the cost of doing business.

    For every hour spent shooting Quicklapse frames at 5fps, you put the shutter through 18,000 releases. On a camera rated for 150,000 shutter releases, that gives you just over 8 hours of total shooting time before it approaches it’s end of life rating.

    You’ll end up having to replace the camera very often, making Quicklapse videos quite expensive.

  • Hi Art,

    One thing about the newer video cameras is their native ISO tends to be high ie. FS7 ISO2000. The FS7 also shoots raw video with 14 stops of dynamic range. I agree to some point about the smoothness of motorized motion, but the demo I saw of the new Hedron slider with flywheel is amazing. I agree 3 axis moves do require skill to pull off and the best are done with gear heads which cost way more than your setup.

    I commend you on your technical expertise and initiative to try something new. It will have it’s place and I’m sure you will have people who want to learn the technique.

  • You’ve gone out of the box of conventional thinking and created a technique and look that you will be known for. The result is fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

    I don’t think I can pull off an entire shoot with this technique, but I can see possibly using it for a few important shots. Especially twilight. If i can properly figure it out.

  • Hi Ryan,
    It was done by hand in AE.

  • Hi again Jordan,
    I suggest you to have a look at this article:

  • Hi Charlie,
    Good woork! I agree: same place and two differen visions.
    Greetings from Spain

  • Hi Kelvin,
    Yes, the slider is set for continuous motion, not for shoot-move-shoot.
    For Quicklapse you need to select a burst mode or use a custom high speed intervalometer like we did

  • Hi Gill,
    I agree with you, this is not an inexpensive method. But renting an Epic Dragon for a two week shoot isn’t too.

  • What I don’t know: the technical aspects of what is being discussed here because I’ve been focusing strictly on photography.

    What I do know: the absolutely BRILLIANT results you have achieved, Art. FANTASTIC!

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