February 12, 2015

Feast Your Eyes on This Glorious Timelapse Shot in 10K Resolution

When medium format timelapse photography meets the colorfully-detailed cityscapes of Rio De Janeiro, things get interesting.

Joe Capra (aka scientifantastic), a photographer and videographer specializing in high-resolution work, recently uploaded some stunning 10K timelapse shots of Rio De Janeiro that he captured with the PhaseOne IQ180 medium format digital camera, which is capable of resolutions up to 10328 x 7760 with its massive 80MP sensor. Needless to say, the results are more detailed than you could ever imagine.

10K Timelapse

Here's what Capra had to say about how he shot and processed these images.

Each shot was very minimally processed and included curves, input sharpening, saturation adjustments. The h.264 compression really kills a lot of the fine detail. No noise reduction was done on any of the shots. I tried to keep the shots as close to raw as possible so you may see some dust spots, noise, and manual exposure changes I made while shooting. For a final video edit these adjustments would be smoothed out and fixed.

I wanted to show a couple things with this demo video. First, the extreme resolution of this camera (and medium format in general). Second, the amazing amount of flexibility this resolution allows for in post production. You can literally get about 8-10 solid 1920x1080 shots out of a single shot. You can also get about 5-6 solid 4K shots out of a single shot.

Unfortunately, a basic PhaseOne IQ180 camera and lens package will set you back in the neighborhood of 40 grand, so we probably won't be seeing many 10K timelapses and videos in the near future. However, as a brief experiment in the power of ultra high resolutions to capture absurd amounts of detail, this was an absolute treat to watch. And maybe, just maybe, it provides a glimpse into what our everyday cameras will be capable of in 10 years.     

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Amazing definition and very interesting from a technical point-of-view. But this stuff still needs a bit of creative genius - once the new breed of experimental timelapsers and hyperlapsers - people like Rob Whitworth - get their hands on this it - that when things will really start to get interesting!

February 12, 2015 at 12:47PM

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Mark Whatmore
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Feast Your Eyes on This Glorious Timelapse Shot in 10K Resolution...How?

February 12, 2015 at 12:55PM

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Shot in 10K resolution and displayed in 10K resolution are completely different things. You can watch the HD upload and still be floored by the incredible amount of detail in the image.

February 12, 2015 at 2:03PM

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Rob Hardy
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This is incredible, it really is more detailed than you can imagine.
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February 12, 2015 at 1:52PM

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D.C. Joseph
Principal of Serif Creative
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This video at 10k just proves just how important color science is. RED Epic, Gh4, Canon etc, all those companies can develop resolution on their cameras all they want...they will never come close to Kodak, Alexa, or Fuji's beautiful colors. This looks like garbage.

February 12, 2015 at 2:02PM, Edited February 12, 2:02PM

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Dude, 'minimally processed'. Like, no color correction or grading. Which is also necessary on film.

February 21, 2015 at 10:52PM

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Jay Lewis
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"what our everyday cameras will be capable of in 10 years"

I would say that may happen even sooner with a smartphone already capable of shooting 4K. Ray Kurzweil says that innovation happens at an exponential rate because multiple innovations tend to help eachother make a single innovation possible.

In 10 years, I wouldn't be surprised if we had managed to get quantum computers into smartphones.

February 12, 2015 at 2:22PM

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Harry Pray IV
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Yeah I predict smartphones will most likely be doing 10k pics within 5 years.

February 12, 2015 at 4:09PM

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Dantly Wyatt
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iPhone 7 was just announced with this capability.

February 12, 2015 at 2:41PM, Edited February 12, 2:41PM

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not very interesting...

February 12, 2015 at 2:46PM

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Andrea Labate
Director / Cinematographer
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Not loving the image here - far too sharp and the colour is off. 10k could provide good options for the edit, if needing to crop in, but I'd rather get the shot right on 1080 in the first place and do away with all this horrible sharpness.

February 12, 2015 at 5:17PM

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Tom Maclachlan
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Not sure I understand. Too much sharpness and resolution is a problem? What exactly is the complaint when adjusting sharpness after the fact is easy to do? If this technology was readily available to you, are you saying you would want to source your motion picture images with deliberately less information for some reason?

February 15, 2015 at 11:52AM

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There is way too much emphasis on technology right now! To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson's comment on character over intellect: "Character is higher than technology. Technology is the function. Living is the functionary."

February 12, 2015 at 5:25PM, Edited February 12, 5:24PM

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Ron Fent
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I have to keep reminding myself the zooms are done in post, not with a long lens. Who could make good use of this technology? I'll tell you... Rick Deckard. It's Blade Runner stuff

February 12, 2015 at 5:53PM

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Julian Arriens
Editor
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This is absolutely hypnotic and positively mesmerizing to watch. I don't really understand all the hate - the emphasis here isn't on technology nor is the implication that this (medium format still photography) camera is going to be useful in any way for motion picture.

All this is is an interesting application to technology that has been around for some time that is only now really entering into the digital realm allowing creations like this to even exist (it was not exactly practical to create time lapses with film-based medium format cameras).

And I don't understand why people are saying that the color science is off in these photos? Where is that even coming from? :/

February 12, 2015 at 6:19PM, Edited February 12, 6:19PM

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Oren Soffer
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I don't get it either. With cameras people just want to criticize, I think, to feel like they're insightful? Seems like "color science" is a subjective intangible that gives them the leeway to do so.

February 15, 2015 at 11:47AM

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When we all live in stadium-sized houses with Jumbotrons, this is going to come in incredibly handy.

February 12, 2015 at 9:39PM

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The most people can't see the difference between 2K and 4K in cinema, so 8K or even 10K are a little overrated. But I guess it can come handy for VFX and BlowUps. Like in a sports game, when you got a wide shot of the field an can zoom in instead of panning. But there are way more important things than resolution. Still it's nice to know what's possible :)

February 13, 2015 at 5:41AM

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Lauritz Neu
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Cool technological showcase! I like it a lot.

Not a fan of time lapse that doesn't expose for motion blur though. I think the stills should be at least a 1 second exposure.

February 15, 2015 at 11:45AM

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great video, but i'd like to know the name of the track? :D

February 22, 2015 at 4:28PM, Edited February 22, 4:28PM

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So this is the first time I've scrolled down in a No Film School article to read the comments. I'm quite taken aback by how many trigger happy down-voters there are, yet so few replies. Why can't you people respect the [stupid] opinions of others or at least communicate what it is that upsets you?

February 23, 2015 at 2:40AM, Edited February 23, 2:40AM

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Resolution and Detail are of course amazing. But I just don't like the image at 100%. Strange kind of noise and all-other low IQ in my eyes. Strange for a camera at this price range. 100% crop on a Nikon D800 (36 MP) e.g. looks 10 times better and a lot less "digital". How come ?

March 5, 2015 at 3:46PM

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David Laun
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*all-together

March 5, 2015 at 3:55PM

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David Laun
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