How to shoot and edit a hyperlapse in DaVinci Resolve from start to finish

Feb 14, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

How to shoot and edit a hyperlapse in DaVinci Resolve from start to finish

Feb 14, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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If there’s one name that often springs to mind when we come to the topic of hyperlapses, it’s Matthew Vandeputte. He’s been making content about hyperlapses for years and even shoots them for a living. In the past, he’s made tutorials on how he creates his hyperlapse sequences, but they’ve generally been Adobe based, in either Premiere Pro or After Effects. This is for good reason. They’ve been the best tools available at the time.

Lately, though, it appears Matthew’s been making the transition away from Adobe. So, he’s back with a new twist on an old tutorial showing how he creates his timelapses with DaVinci Resolve. It’s a complete start-to-finish tutorial, beginning with how to shoot the sequences so that you have a good starting point, all the way through to being ready to render the final sequence.

Matthew’s process in DaVinci Resolve is fairly simple. Drag your sequence in, apply some stabilisation and have it zoom to crop. But it does require you to have a good sequence of images for it to look decent. You need to ensure that you keep a target in a consistent part of the frame from one shot to the next so that the software has something to stabilise the scene around. You’ll also want to make sure that if you’re importing a jpg sequence as Matthew does, that you’ve done any deflickering and colour correction and grading before bringing your image sequence into resolve.

Of course, you can still do colour correction and grading inside Resolve if you wish, but by the time it gets into Resolve, your jpg image sequence is 8-bit. It doesn’t have the full 14 bits of information that a raw file has. However, one thing you can do – and this is something Matthew doesn’t mention in his video – if you have a beefy computer, you can convert all of those raw files over to DNG and import them into DaVinci Resolve as a CinemaDNG video sequence. At this point, you’ll get the full raw editing and grading capabilities that you would with any raw video footage. You’d even have the ability to render our 10-bit HDR video.

There are a bunch of great tips in Matthew’s video. Some of these he’s mentioned before in past tutorials and some of them are new and specific to DaVinci Resolve. So, whether you’re a seasoned hyperlapse shooter that’s new to Resolve or you’re completely new to hyperlapses altogether, then this should get you going in the right direction.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “How to shoot and edit a hyperlapse in DaVinci Resolve from start to finish”

  1. Matthew Vandeputte Avatar
    Matthew Vandeputte

    Cheers for the great write up John! Much appreciated.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      You’re very welcome, Matthew!