Hyperlapse Series - Editing and Post-processing

Following our first blog post on the hyperlapse series, you now know how to shoot a hyperlapse on a drone - but are you happy with the video output from the DJI go (or DJI fly) app? Did you realize there's a crop? How do you edit your freshly taken hyperlapse? Answers (or spoilers) below.  But before we begin, here's a before/after video!


Here's a list of softwares you will need:

  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • LRTimelapse (optional, you will need it for timelapses that have a lot of exposure differentials - will be explained in detail in the next post of this series)

On to my workflow for editing hyperlapses:

  1. Shoot the hyperlapse on the drone
    (and remember to select "save the original RAW files")

  2. Import the RAW files into Lightroom: 
    Edit the RAW photos like you normally would. You can copy the edit from one photo to the other photos in the series (unless you use LRTimelapse - to be covered in future blog post).

  3. Export the photos in Lightroom:
    Export the photos in JPEG, named in sequence (e.g. xxxx-1.jpg, xxxx-2.jpg, etc...)

  4. Import image sequence in Premiere Pro:
    By right clicking the media browser, you can import the sequence of images you just exported from Lightroom.  Remember to check the box "image sequence" when you import!

  5. Stablize the video using "warp stabilizer":
    You will find it by searching "warp" under the effects control panel.  Drag and drop the effect onto the clip and you will see a blue bar running across reading "Analyzing in Background".

  6. Export video!

And there you have it! The video exported will now carry your edits from Lightroom, will not be cropped as in DJI's default output file, and stabilized! In the next series of the blog post, we will explore the editing of Sunrise/sunset timelapses where the exposure differentials will change throughout the timelapse. 

Be sure to check back. Until then, practice your hyperlapses and leave us a comment below if you have any questions! You may tag us on Instagram or by hashtagging #BVhyperlapses so we can see your hyperlapses too!

 The Beyond Visuals Team 

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