Video & Photography Time-lapse services in China/HK.
We have In-house customized solutions to rent but can also design specifically housing for your project. From a simple GoPro camera setup to a solar powered standalone enclosure able to work months without any need for maintenance. As we control the software inside, we can even take picture by night or day only, or any sequences you may required. Our most developed app can even see if the lighting is enough to only take picture per day, or choose on very particular time of the day to get amazing rendering with the sun at the same position on the sky everyday.
Some of our time-lapse enclosure host an Arduino CPU board with a software that we keep developing. We can adapt the software part as well for each time-lapse photography project. We also have invested on a Unix based board time lapse controller. It allows us to upload RAW pictures to our servers real time. You can have real time view of your construction area and start video editing immediately. there is no need for anyone on site to get the pictures out of the housing. A remote via Bluetooth allows you to remotely change the time-lapse sequence details. And but not least; our time lapse enclosures are working in very warm temperatures as Hong Kong can get with no concerns. This goes on the opposite way with some time lapse housing which have been used under zero degree Celsius temperature in northern China.
Shanghai time-lapse video.
Time-lapse Sunset in Shanghai Pudong with GoPro Setup (Youku Link here)
A simple GoPro, setup can help you having great footage!
We have a modified version of this amazing camera with external case to keep the external power accessible and a modified lens to zoom and choose a right framing.
This was done many years ago, but still shows that post production on photography can bring to a very simple product. GoGro can be an option if your time-lapse is short and you need to get the camera as small as possible.
Hyper-lapse Shanghai Pudong demo, 2016.
Just 20 minutes shooting while walking with raw Canon 5DIII and 11-24 4L lens handheld, 3 meters between each pictures.
3 hours post-production for this 3 seconds clip done a rainy Sunday morning. This was not intended to be a commercial project, but more a test on photography tracking with After Effect.
Lukstudio time-lapse video of their project construction, motion controlled camera, 2016.
Another project with the visit of a typhoon in the middle of the construction time. Nothing suffer as our enclosure are quite solid. A motion controlled camera was also used for some creative time-lapse panorama. This time lapse movie used battery only powered camera system, so we could kept the footprint small.
Outside large billboard installation photography time-lapse video setup for Sephora flagship store construction.
Another way to get great video is to use the auto align photography software and so be able to create a time-lapse photography video without any need for fixed position. This time-lapse has been done with one operator only, and moving position to position. This is a 2 days setup with a Canon DSLR photo camera on a mono-pod. It was tiring but the only way to get it as some pictures where taken from the middle of a road! Again, a lot of post production was necessary to get this great and unique view.
Shanghai time-lapse at Shanghai Expo 2010 opening ceremony (show structure).
Building Construction Site Time-lapse (movie extract)
Dedicated time-lapse enclosure solution.
But when things get serious, we also have strong dedicated system to make sure your time-lapse camera will work in any conditions. This is not about putting a photography camera in a box; but more making sure it will keep working whatever the conditions. No power on site? no problem!
We have been using it on photography projects for more than 9 months in a row without any failure. To save as much energy as possible the arduino computer completely power off the camera between pictures for example. It can work on battery only, for interior shooting without sun or where it will be too complicated to power them. You just put a hook on a wall and we are ready to roll!
Maintenance is extremely simple and battery can even be place outside the camera enclosure to avoid any dust coming in and anyone can be sent to exchange the batteries.
If you have a time-lapse project; feel free to contact us. We can surely help you providing the right tools.
Below is a part of our small army of enclosures. We actually have 6 of these. This version is a stand alone photography camera with a battery that can last more than a month without any power supply, taking one picture every 5 mn. The output resolution is higher than 4K in a 4/3 format which is amazing for cropping and future proof stock footage. The footage quality is Cinematic level and much better than integrated solution with tiny lens as GoPro. All pictures are also available in RAW and JPG to get the full quality out of the time lapse system. We are using dedicated lens that can lock a focus position despite frequent vibrations on construction site. These have been working during a cold winter months in Shaghai without any issues.
We also have system sending pictures online by Wi-Fi or Ethernet for immediate review and remote control of your construction site. Check below in our Hong Kong photography time-lapse section. The use of RAW capture in 14 bits(!) let you expose correctly in post the possible sudden light change during the day. A HDR mode is also possible if you like using JPG only and save on card space.
Hong Kong time-lapse photography solution.
As Hong Kong weather can be quite extreme, we have been designing and using a weather proof enclosure. This setup is able to work one full month without any external power. It’s ready for temperature from 45 till -10 degrees.
Safety is also our top concern as these enclosure will be onsite without supervision for months. Here is the extra locking device for our Hong Kong enclosure’s where class 10 Typhoon are possible.
This is an exclusive design by us. Make no mistake when choosing your provider: We “did it” more than we “can do it“.
It includes Wi-Fi connection with 4 daily reports by e-mail on time-lapse enclosure details as temperature, power and internal SSD Drive capacity. All parameters remotely done with Bluetooth connection from the ground. The box is working on power + battery and have internal fan for cooling. Exported Pictures is larger than 4K resolution in RAW. This is a 9 months projects, but the client extended it to 15 months without any need for us to do specific extra maintenance.
The pictures are uploaded immediately to our dedicated 2Tb server and so accessible from anywhere in the world. You can start editing your time-lapse movie immediately or checking if the front windows need some cleaning.
In case of main power failure, we can have extra solar panel redundancy. With the internal batteries, it will let you few days out of the grid to get the missing power issue sorted out. And last but not least, we can work with 4G modem to upload the picture as well if WiFi is not present or weak. The time-lapse camera controller is switching between networks in real time. If no network connection is possible, the pictures sequence can be save to an external USB HDD/SSD and pick up by any team member without specific knowledge. A second backup stays in the camera internal card.
If you have another provider in mind for your time lapse; here is few of our advantages:
-> Our time lapse photography system provide a daily status email including temperature, power usage, remaining capacity, one daily picture,.. This way, even far from your construction site, you have an eye on what is happening there.
-> On top of these status, we can setup Warning email to let you know immediately if something is not as expected. For example, a power loss, memory card getting almost full or a FTP server unreachable. At each upload, the micro controller create a complete log to let you check any potential delay or camera malfunction…
-> Even RAW picture can be uploaded by Wi-Fi as soon as taken. So you can have the best quality and direct the download from anywhere in the world to start your editing. It’s possible to second this Wi-Fi with a LTE modem or/and Ethernet connection. The 3 network connectivity can work together for cascading fail safe. It’s very versatile and will switch to the one available at the time a picture need to be sent.
-> An external USB drive can also be added, so you can have anyone coming to get the picture at glance onsite without opening the time-lapse camera housing. There is no limit on size, so you don’t have to worry about getting too much picture per day this way. It can be a simple USB key or a SSD drive for large file storage.
With RAW + Jpeg; it’s the best of speed and quality. Many cheap option only send Jpeg on their server which is a huge loss of information (8 bit JPG versus 14 bit RAW).
-> Our servers are worldwide accessible with a basic size of 2 Tb (Yes, 2 Tb). So you can keep every single picture online as backup until the project completion.
-> Real professional DSLR camera and lens system for amazing sharpness and optical result. Don’t get fooled by a simple 4K gopro. This is nothing to compare with when you are later putting the pictures side by side. It’s also possible to adapt to many situations without any lens distortion. Also, running a GoPro for a day may be possible, but reliability will not be the same after 3 month under the sun.
-> Tempered enclosure, ready for typhoon or extreme temperature, even in dusty environment. We have system with simple fan but also refrigerated unit for dust free housing.
-> We can have enclosure with water tank + wiper (or only wiper) to fight the dust and have a complete maintenance free time lapse-system.
-> Our time-lapse photography system can be powered by many different ways with redundancy. We have batteries, Solar panel, wind turbine options. Even the high power Wi-Fi option will slow pause the upload to keep the power focused on taking picture. When power will be back, the upload will start where it stopped. All our time-lapse enclosures come with 2 batteries, at least, each with a specific charger port.
-> We offer multiple picture sequences with Bluetooth control, so you don’t need to get inside the camera housing to modify your settings. You can changed and adapt to your site configuration from the ground floor many parameters as FTP access or Wi-Fi SSD. Up to 5 pictures sequences can run simultaneously.
-> We have done many different system in various locations in China and Hong Kong. Experience matters and a 9 months project is not just 9 time a one month one’s. You need a reliable partner during a long process who know how to more than I think I can… We can direct you to the best system fitting your exact time lapse needs.
-> We are a video production agency, not just a time-lapse photography equipment provider; so we can also take care of exporting the best of your construction process directly. Even if a time lapse seems easy to create; you will face many flickering and shacking issue with the pole getting warm during the day or the wind hitting the enclosure. The fast moving sky or weather condition will be a pain to clean. We know how to deal with such and can help you exporting the best final result.
As we will be working from the installation process to the delivery, we can support you in deciding the best angle with 3D visualization prior to your construction starting day. It will help choose the right lens and camera location as well.
Please us the connect page to get a free quote for your coming time-lapse project; We will be happy to provide you a unique solution at the right price.