Tilt-shift videos
October 4, 2008 9:40 PM   Subscribe

We have already seen here tilt-shift still photographs. Here come real life miniatures videos: beach , Sydney harbor, Harrowdown Hill music video, Spanish neighborhood, bridges in Grand Rapids, cars in Matewan, WV, Multnomah Falls, train station in Bern. [via]
posted by b. (32 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite

 
These are really cool. In a weird way, they remind me of Gumby episodes.
posted by mewithoutyou at 10:19 PM on October 4, 2008


It puts us in perspective.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:32 PM on October 4, 2008


So you're telling me Thomas the Tank Engine is . . . real?
posted by stargell at 10:33 PM on October 4, 2008


Maybe I'm weird, but ever since I heard of this photographic trick I've wanted to use it as an adjective*. As in, "this post is tilt-shift awesome." And it is, by the way.

* Would it be an adjective? I guess it's in the same distinguished class as "hella" or "full-on", which I can't quite place either.
posted by Rhaomi at 10:35 PM on October 4, 2008


"this post is tilt-shift awesome."... Would it be an adjective?

It would be an adverb (modifying an adjective).

/geek
posted by amyms at 10:38 PM on October 4, 2008


Love this. I played with tilt-shifting some of my photos a while back and it's not a hard process once you get the 'eye' for it. Really just depends on having the right photo/video.
posted by Kickstart70 at 10:43 PM on October 4, 2008


Really just depends on having the right photo/video.

Thats very true. Out of the many pictures I've taken, only one has been a good candidate for tilt-shift conversion

These are some great videos. Thanks for sharing!
posted by aGee at 10:56 PM on October 4, 2008


bridges in Grand Rapids

it's really weird watching a place i know look like that
posted by pyramid termite at 11:09 PM on October 4, 2008


This may be the best thing ever.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 11:34 PM on October 4, 2008


It puts us in perspective.

Not really. This puts us in perspective.
posted by Mr_Zero at 11:35 PM on October 4, 2008


That is, most of them were ok, but the Sydney harbor ones could be tied for the best thing ever.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 11:56 PM on October 4, 2008


I've wondered how the Harrowdown Hill video was done. Thanks for posting this, not just for Harrowdown Hill, but for the technique--fascinating.
posted by josephtate at 12:03 AM on October 5, 2008


I agree with Salvor, the Sydney Harbor ones were great. I think this technique definitely calls for a stationary, tripod-mounted camera. Camera motion sorta ruins the effect.
posted by maxwelton at 12:09 AM on October 5, 2008


About the tilt-shift: You can tilt-shift just about any video with a plug-in... I believe most of these were probably made using Magic Bullet.
posted by BrianBoyko at 1:54 AM on October 5, 2008


*Snore*

Not to knock the post, but to me "gimmicky" would be the adjective that best describes this kind of photography.

I file this in the same place as HDR images: Highly creative acts that broke new ground visually have quickly devolved into their own cliches by the seemingly endless number of people who repeat the technique ad nauseam.
posted by oxidizer at 2:04 AM on October 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


You can tilt-shift just about any video with a plug-in... I believe most of these were probably made using Magic Bullet.

You can simulate the effect in just about any video. Chances are that just about any video will look better if you shoot it with real tilt-shift optics.

(The sydney videos by Keith Loutit is done in camera, some others were done in post. I sure know which ones I think look better...)
posted by effbot at 2:19 AM on October 5, 2008


Sydney HarboUr

(it's a proper noun. there is no other way to spell it)
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:09 AM on October 5, 2008


these are good, by the way.
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:10 AM on October 5, 2008


From the comments: I miss G-rad so much

First of all, Grand Rapids is about 1/100th as cool as it would need to be to even be called "G-rad" ironically. Second of all, what pathetic backwater are you living in that fails to provide something that you were getting in Grand Rapids?

Cool video though.
posted by DU at 3:37 AM on October 5, 2008


All these need is a David Attenborough narration.
posted by damo at 5:39 AM on October 5, 2008


Perhaps these were shot with the new HD-video-shooting DSLR's.
posted by swift at 6:01 AM on October 5, 2008


I've done a few pseudo tilt-shifts with Photoshop. One of the main tips is that the angle of the shot is from above looking down; like looking down at a model set.

I really loved the Sydney Harbour clip.
posted by rmmcclay at 6:27 AM on October 5, 2008


What fun videos. I was going to say it looked like Davey & Goliath.
posted by JBennett at 6:35 AM on October 5, 2008


So when you say "real life miniatures videos", even though these were very cool, I was expecting something more like this.
posted by kcds at 7:35 AM on October 5, 2008


I was wondering how they would do such a thing until I saw that there was little to no camera movement in any of these videos. Duh.

Though I'm less impressed.
posted by Eideteker at 7:56 AM on October 5, 2008


The Sydney Harbour clip(s) had the kids in stitches.

Nice, thanks.
posted by From Bklyn at 8:21 AM on October 5, 2008


Way cool. Loved the Sydney vids and their nicely selected music. Thanks!
posted by Onanist at 8:56 AM on October 5, 2008


Eideteker: "Harrowdown Hill" clip has a lot of camera movement (helicopter shots). Jim Clark, the effect creator, explains a bit about the process in the second link (SmallGantics).

It was a lot of work: "8 Smallgantic shots were accomplished by a team of 6 full time compositers over a grueling 3 week period"
posted by b. at 8:59 AM on October 5, 2008


Not really. This puts us in perspective.

Yes, in a literal sense. I don't know if other people have this problem, but photos like that are almost meaningless to my brain, which can't seem to comprehend the scale. The tilt-shift worked better at tricking me into seeing us as tiny, tiny, tiny.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:13 AM on October 5, 2008


Thanks for this post. I can't get enough of the tilt-shift effect. I have a toy camera that's only sharp in the very middle of the image and it gives a lot of pictures a sort of tilt-shift effect. It's great every time.

I've seen that eagle from Harrowdown Hill before...ah, yes. It was Pan with Us.
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred at 11:16 AM on October 5, 2008


All these need is a David Attenborough narration.

"Heah we see a variety of ships navigating Sydney Harbour. They appeah very tiny indeed!"
posted by cirocco at 11:16 AM on October 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Vimeo jumps for me.

Still, will forward to family.
posted by asok at 3:56 AM on October 7, 2008


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