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Old August 14th, 2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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Fast Background with Slow pan and tilt, How?

I am trying to create this effect that Mr. Williams has done. Speed up the background, yes easy, but how is the slow pan and tilt done? I couldn't imagine trying to manually do it extremely slow, i think it would look a little jittery if done that way. This is really smooth. Here is the video as a reference. Any help in achieving this would be greatly appreciated.


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Old August 14th, 2009, 08:59 PM   #2
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Pan crop on the timeline using keyframes.
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Old August 14th, 2009, 09:34 PM   #3
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I've got a small DC electric motor that is geared very low, and I've rigged it so it fits between the plate & the camera. I can adjust it's speed somewhat, and has worked well in the past. Also rigged it to turn a broadcast zoom lens, looked good. Best of all, depending where I place the gear, I can hit record and leave for a while, come back when it's done it's 2 hours or whatever move.
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Old August 14th, 2009, 09:41 PM   #4
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Don't let Greg's good humor discourage you Kevin. Do a search on "Event pan crop" and all will be revealed.
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Old August 15th, 2009, 10:50 AM   #5
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awesome thanks! lol
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Old August 16th, 2009, 07:58 PM   #6
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Agreed - Pan and crop in post is the way to go.
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I shot this on a Canon S5IS, which was at the time a top of the line point and shoot still camera. It was on full manual exposure and focus, and I used a tool called CHDK to enable me to set the camera to shoot at specific intervals. I imported the footage into Vegas at 6fps, and using the Event Pan/Crop tool, created the video you see here.

If I was to go back and shoot it again, I would definitely set it to a shorter interval. I think it was around 10 or 15 seconds between shots. I used a very slow shutter speed and ISO to maximize motion blur, to get a smoother look to the footage.

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