What is Timelapse Video?

Every video is composed of dozens of still images per-second that appear to our eyes as motion when played back. Now, imagine if we only took one shot every minute, hour, or even once a day and played the images back at a speed of 25 frames per-second?

The result is an ultra-realistic playback of time, called a timelapse. Timelapse video productions take what is normally captured as single moments in time and create a moving, living story. Timelapse photography allows us to compress many hours or days into just a few seconds or minutes. For example, we can create a 60 second video out of a months long bridge construction – compressing a major project into a bite-sized, powerful piece of video content that will look great to potential clients.

To make these videos, we set up cameras to take a series of photos at regular intervals, such as every minute, hour, or day, of your project or subject. This step can take anywhere from less than an hour, to years, depending on the duration of your project. After we capture some fantastic footage of your project, we move into post-production. Here, we seamlessly stitch together those images into a moving story that tells the story you want to tell! Any project with motion or movement is ideal for timelapses, and since most projects tick off those boxes, you could say Reel Vision Studios is up for just about anything.

Thanks to our tireless work, Reel Vision Studios has perfected the art of timelapse videos. Selecting key frames and stitching them together seamlessly in post-production is what transforms your project into a powerful video for you to share. For Toronto timelapses, you can’t find anyone better.

Common & effective uses of Timelapse video

The most effective use of a timelapse video is to capture an event happening over a long period of time and condense it into a short video. Think about a building being erected or an event gradually filling up. The before and after images of these examples are interesting because they illustrate massive change, but a timelapse is even better because it shows the beginning, end, and all of the interesting things that happen in between. A timelapse of a condo building being constructed would show it being built floor by floor, turning nothing into something amazing. This is a visually impressive feat that manages to tell an interesting story in a short amount of time, and your company can reap massive benefits by capturing the intricacies of your projects.

Your company works long and hard to ensure that your projects are built to be great. Timelapses let you share the incredibly hard work you accomplish with your customers, friends, and family. You build and host projects for people to see them, and timelapses allow you to portray them in the best possible light.

These benefits include being able to add stunning video content to your website and social media platforms, being able to demonstrate your team’s hard work to investors (maybe as a dramatic beginning to a meeting perhaps?), being able to show off the new equipment you’ve purchased, or to show how successful and popular your event or store has been recently, among others.

Event Timelapse Video Production....

Timelapse videos are a fantastic way to illustrate the time and effort your company puts into hosting a memorable event, along with all the awesome stuff that takes place during the event! A well-produced event timelapse video is the perfect way to show prospective attendees exactly what goes on at your event from a fly on the wall perspective. It’s also a fantastic tool to garner more organic interest, as those who attended the event are sure to share the timelapse with their friends and family.

Capturing the set up of a major event is arguably more impressive than the event itself, as it allows viewers a behind the scenes look into an event they may have attended and wondered how something so impressive could be built. 

Many timelapse videos that have gone viral are of these transformations, including videos of how stadiums transform from a basketball court to a hockey arena, and of setting up impressive stages for artists and bands. Every event must transform its venue to some degree, and capturing that change is an important part of marketing to your customers.

Capturing your event fill up with attendees is also a visually impressive feat, and there is no better way to illustrate that an event was successful than to see it fill to the brim with paying customers. These timelapse videos can then be shared across your company’s platforms, allowing you to better connect with your audience, driving engagement, and enhancing your brand image. Tell the story of your next event with this rich, short form content, and witness the benefits of a Reel Vision Studios timelapse video for yourself.

Events also allow us filmmakers to choose from a wide variety of angles and subjects to shoot. A Reel Vision event timelapse is sure to be dynamic and action-oriented, drawing every viewer into the magic of your hosted event. We will show you why we are the premier Toronto timelapse company.

How we create Timelapse videos from still images...

When people who aren’t familiar with video watch timelapses, they often mistake the timelapse for a very long video. This makes sense and can be forgiven, as a technician’s goal when they are crafting a timelapse is to make it so smooth and well stitched together that it looks like a video. However, what we really do is shoot a series of images over a span of time, pick out the optimal images, and weave those images together to create something beautiful and mesmerizing.

How often we take photos of the subject depends entirely upon what kind of project is being filmed. For example, we can set up our cameras to fire every half an hour to capture the comings and goings of a construction site, or every 30 seconds if an important part of your project is being installed and its imperative to capture the process.

The freedom we have with shooting timelapses is unlimited, and we will tailor our shooting methods to best capture your project. Remember, your success equals our success.

Reel Vision Studios is available for timelapses in Toronto and anywhere outside the city. We are up for anything and want to help you succeed with your next project.

Cityscape timelapse projects

Reel Vision Studios creates great cityscape timelapse projects, as being able to capture the movement of large crowds and the flow of traffic allows us to create stunning final products. There is nothing more mesmerizing than the flow of time. Just imagine capturing a timelapse of your storefront over the course of a busy day. Viewers will see plenty of customers going in and out of your store, along with the visually impressive overall foot and automobile traffic of the street itself. This kind of promotional video can do wonders in attracting new customers to your store, as they will remember being impressed with both the stunning visuals of the video and the number of customers that trust and visit your store.

Timelapse videos really shine when the subject matter of the video undergoes a drastic change from beginning to end. Construction timelapses are a prime example of this.

The benefits of being able to show your current and future clients timelapse videos of your hallmark projects are enormous. Before and after pictures are nice, but clients often want to see the entire process, and construction timelapse allow you to do exactly that. We’re sure your company is proud of the work that goes into the projects you have accomplished, and Reel Vision Studios’ timelapse videos showcases that hard work in an entertaining, short, and accessible way.

Industrial Video Production

Production or assembly

Production or assembly projects also lend themselves well to timelapse productions, as they offer current and potential customers an intimate, insider’s view of how the products they use every day are manufactured. A timelapse production of your manufacturing process would be like letting the famous show How It’s Made shoot your operation for a day, except we package the video together into a piece of short, curated content that will lock in your customer’s attention. Your customers will appreciate your forthright transparency and reward you for it. Remember, your success is our success.
Online Video Production

Landscaping infrastructure

If you’re a civil engineer, architect, or landscaper, using timelapse videos to advertise your business is an easy way to pump up your marketing scheme and grow your brand. Our long-term timelapse services will allow your potential customers to see your unique processes and exceptional work for themselves. For example, an architect could be shot while they create a 3D model of their current project in their office. Allowing your potential customers into your creative process will allow them to put more trust in your abilities and give yourself an advantage over your competitors who hide their process behind closed doors. Build that trust and expand your client base.

Why construction timelapse videos are effective...

Having a timelapse video in your pocket will allow your sales and marketing team to better showcase your work – leading to an increase in brand exposure and sales for your company. Success for you means success for us, and we guarantee our team of skilled videographers will produce a timelapse video that both you and your clients will be amazed with. Once the video is finished, your company will be free to blast the video across your multiple social media platforms, giving yourself a leg up on the competition.

These videos give potential customers and clients an inside look at your projects, which will build their trust in you. Everyone on the planet desires transparency when they’re planning on putting their hard-earned money into something, and showing them timelapses of completed projects can sometimes be enough to push them to action.

You only get one chance to shoot a project being built, and you can trust us to turn your hard work into a beautifully produced video.

Another benefit of shooting a timelapse video of your project is your company will have immediate access to footage that clearly illustrates the project’s progress. If any of your stakeholders, engineers, or other team members are curious about how the project is going, you will have easy access to footage that shows exactly where the project is and its pace it is progressing.

Having the complete timeline of your project will also be able to help your company with health and safety incident disputes, progress management, contractor disputes, and other issues. If anything goes wrong, you will have video evidence that you can easily bring up and use to resolve any disputes.

No power? No problem. We have solar equipment to power our Timelapse equipment if needed.

Reel Vision Studios can use a solar powered photoSentinel Mach II camera in case the area that is best to film your project from doesn’t have access to power, or if you are pursuing a green plan. This piece of equipment is efficient, low-power, and kept alive by a 13600 mAh lithium-ion battery that is charged by a 20W solar panel.

Weather also does not pose a problem for most projects, as we are able to keep our equipment within weather-proof housing. This allows us to take on any project you can throw at us and still deliver fantastic results. There is no better Toronto timelapse company.

Capture your long-term timelapse projects with our professional expertise and equipment...

Tell a clear, captivating story with Reel Vision Studios, and put your best footage forward.

An integral part of any timelapse video production is the stability of the camera. Using triple-axis tripods allows our highly skilled timelapse photographers to catch clear, stable footage from any angle. Neutral density lenses are applied to each DSLR camera used for our timelapse video productions. A neutral density lens gives the illusion of blurred objects, while not overexposing the shot to light.

A tremendous amount of value lies in post-production and video editing services when it comes to creating high quality timelapse video production.

Among the many post-production and video editing techniques used by Reel Vision Studios, none have quite the same degree of impact as compositing. It entails the combining of visual elements from separate sources into single images, often to create the illusion that all of those elements are parts of the same scene.

Timelapses used in popular culture

Timelapse sample TV show

One of the most famous timelapses is the opening credits for Netflix’s political thriller House of Cards. According to Drew Geraci, the photographer who shot the amazing opening sequence, it took nearly six months of filming various sites in Washington, D.C. to complete the minute and 40 second intro. The sequence provides the viewer a powerful look at the base of the American federal government, and even though the series is not filmed in D.C., its stunning imagery sucks you in and convinces you otherwise.

Timelapse Video TV series

As visually appealing as timelapses are, it’s no surprise that they’ve made their way into the TV shows and movies we watch.

Planet Earth is another well known TV series that uses timelapses to stunning effect. Planet Earth filmmakers show remarkable variety in their timelapse videos, from insane city timelapses like this one to beautiful shots of a caterpillar undergoing its metamorphosis into a butterfly.