«Hyper8050»

Hyperlapse - the easy way. This video was recorded driving on a bike trough Zurich-Oerlikon (post code 8050) filming with the app «Hyperlapse» on my iPhone. The resulting movies are 720 only, and sometimes with visible artifacts. You cannot compare the quality of this iPhone videos with the real thing. But still: in my hyper lapsing experience, sometimes, even after hours of post production work the result is not convincing.

Hyper8050 from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.


Hyperlapse auf die bequeme Art. Auf der Fahrt durch Zürich-Oerlikon (Postleitzahl 8050) mit dem iPhone gefilmt, mit der App «Hyperlapse» von Instagram. Dabei entstehen Filme im Format 720p. Zum Teil gibt es schon deutliche Artefakte. Die Qualität ist mit einem echten Hyperlapse nicht zu vergleichen. Allerdings steckt dort sehr viel mehr Arbeit drin - und ein schlechtes Ergebnis kommt auch dabei häufig raus.
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«The West End of Europe»

...is in Portugal. «The West End of Europe» is where you are a spectator in the theater of nature, watching how the sea is forging a coast of both remarkable wilderness and beauty.
Filmed in April 2014 around Nazaré, Carvoeiro and Sagres. Shot mainly in 4K (UHD) with a Panasonic GH4 and a bunch of modern and vintage lenses. Then edited in a 1080p timeline in Final Cut Pro X. Some grading with Filmconvert. Music with a licence of Premiumbeat.com.

The West End of Europe from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.


Das «West End» ist das Theater-Quartier Londons. Jenes von Europa liegt meiner Meinung nach in Portugal. An seinen Küsten wird man ein gefesselter Zuschauer einer Szenerie, in der das Meer die Küste formt. Die Aufnahmen wurden im April 2014 um die Orte von Nazaré, Carvoeiro (Algarve) und Sagres gemacht.
Die Kamera war eine Panasonic GH4. Fast alle Aufnahmen wurden im 4K-Modus (UHD) aufgenommen und im Schnitt in Final Cut Pro X auf die HD-Breite runtergerechnet. Das Grading erfolgte mit Filmconvert. Die Musik stammt von Premiumbeat.com.


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«Black Lines» of High Heels Breaker feat. Kalabrese

High Heels Breaker: Black Lines (Official Video) from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.



A video shot and edited for composer and electronic music artist High Heels Breaker feat. the voice of Kalabrese.
Shot with a Panasonic GH3, Canon 7D and GoPro in the Zurich area.

More info and some snippets of the fantastic album on Soundcloud.
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Testing the GH4 in 96fps Slow Motion

Surfin' Portugal - The GH4 @ 96fps from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.


The new Panasonic Lumix has not only the much discussed and praised 4K video quality. It’s also a major step up in the capabilities in 1080p (FullHD). One of the feature I’ve tested with a pre production camera (Firmware v0.5) on a trip in Portugal was the 96 frames per second slow motion mode. The clip of some surfers on the western coast beach Praia do Amado were all shot in the 96fps mode. Shutter speed was set between 1/250s and 1/400s. The lens used was a vintage manual focus Canon FD 300mm f4 L Lens. BTW: I really like the feel and quality of old FD lenses adapted to Micro43 cameras. They are ultra smooth to focus, often more compact than their Nikon Ai counterparts and focus in the direction I’m used to from other cameras.

Peaking - a godsend
One of the killer features of the GH4 compared to the GH3 (still a good camera tough) is the new electronic view finder. It’s more detailed, has zebra and - finally - peaking. This is very important when using a lot of vintage lenses or the great Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 with a Metabones Speed Booster adapter. From the menu you can select three colors. For the shots on the beach I’ve switched from the default blue to yellow to better check the focus.

Enough room for some grading
I’ve used the CineD picture profile. The original files have a rather flat look (good for grading). Some contrast and vignettes were added in Final Cut Pro X. There’s some room for grading however with 100Mbps for 96fps it’s more limited than in the other modes (100Mbps for 4K, 1080p @25fps or even 200Mbps for 1080p).

First conclusion: excellent
I’ve had the pre prod camera for 10 days and was shooting a lot of video (mainly 4K) and a lot of stills with it. My first conclusion: it’s an excellent step up from the still very capable GH3, especially if you are a video shooter. One thing I really like is that unlike my various Canon cameras which change the layout from generation to generation all the buttons are still on the exact same place if you upgrade from a GH3. And for my hands at least the GH3/GH4 form factor and controls layout is the best I’ve ever had from a camera, on par with Canon’s 7D. It’s a pleasure to shoot with the GH4. The additional battery grip gives some additional hold while the system still remains compact and lightweight compared to a APS-C or Full Frame DSLR.


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Panasonic GH4 with the Canon FD 300mm f4 L Lens

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Piazze d'Italia




After weeks of shooting, rendering and editing «Piazze d’Italia» is finally going public. The video featuring 45 piazzas (squares) all over Italy was shot in spring and summer 2013 mainly by me and Edoardo Cicchetti. With additional shots of 6 other time lapse photographers I’ve edited this vast collection of material to the beautiful soundtrack of Paolo Fresu, the well known Italian trumpet player and composer. The video was produced by Mikaela Bandini of Can’t Forget It(aly) for the Italian State Tourism Board ENIT. This long version of the video as well as two short versions are part of the 2014 «Made in Italy» campaign aimed at european travelers.

Credits:
Filmed by Edoardo Cicchetti (www.timelapse.it) and Jörg Niggli (www.niggli.com)
Music 'Fuga' written and performed by Paolo Fresu (www.paolofresu.it)
Voice over 'Made in Italy' by Giancarlo Giannini
Additional shots by
Andrea Lacota (www.emotionttl.com)
Daniel Coffaro (www.youtube.com/danielcoffaro)
Cosmo Laera (www.cosmolaera.it)
Timmy Henny (www.aglimpseinto.com)
Gianfranco Maiullari (www.nodecode.it)
Mark Hofmeyr (www.trademarkpictures.tv)

Edited by Jörg Niggli (www.niggli.com)
Graphics by Racoon Studio (www.racoonstudio.com/rs/)
Produced by Mikaela Bandini - Can't Forget Italy (www.cantforget.it)

Commissioned by Enit - Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo (www.enit.it)

Shot with all kind of cameras, mainly of Canon and Panasonic. Rendered in After Effects and Apple Motion. Edited, tilt shifted and graded in Final Cut Pro X.
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Time-lapse Selection of «Zürich-West by Night»

Finally here: a selection of some time-lapse shots used for the short time-lapse movies during the live broadcast in June. You find some more information in the description of the video. Please make sure you watch the video in HD quality (it’s available as 1080p) and fullscreen.

Zürich-West by Night from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.



Das Video ist eine Zusammenstellung einiger Zeitrafferaufnahmen, die für die SRF-Live-Reportage aus dem Trendquartier Zürich-West als Trennet verwendet wurden. Die Aufnahmen entstanden mit Fotokameras von Canon und Panasonic und wurden in Apple Motion oder Adobe After Effects zu Filmen gerendert. Der Schnitt und das Grading erfolgten in Final Cut Pro X.

Music: «Feels so good» of Diamondsongs (edited)
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CROSSLANDS

CROSSLANDS from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.



It’s called the «Land of thousand ponds» ( «Pays des mille étangs» ), but I’d call it «Crosslands». The region in the eastern french Departments of Saône and Vosges was one of the poorest in the country for a long time. The people were very religious at that time, I was told during my stay last summer when I was shooting one of the Crosses ( «Croix calvaires» ) in the beautiful landscape of hills, forests and gentle valleys. Read More...
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Geneva Evening

A picture shot with my new always-with-me camera, the Canon G15.

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Ein Bild aus Genf, aufgenommen mit der Immer-dabei-Kamera Canon G15.
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The Belluno Project

A time-lapse tilt-shift video shot and edited by me for the Little Italy project. Additonal shots by Itaria Colussi and Andrea Lacota (www.emotionttl.com). Music: «Everyday is a Gift», with a license of premiumbeat.com

Belluno | Little Italy from Adorable Belluno on Vimeo.



Ein neues Zeitraffer-Video, realisiert für das Projekt «Little Italy». Einige Aufnahmen stammen von Itaria Colussi and Andrea Lacota (www.emotionttl.com) aus Triest. Musik: «Everyday is a Gift», premiumbeat.com.
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Hot Air Balloon ride

Nothing fancy, no action, just quiet and beautiful: a hot-air-balloon trip in the Swiss Mountains. Watch yourself:

En Vol sur Château-d'Oex from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.


Im Heissluftballon über Château-d’Oex
Dieses Video ist im September 2012 aufgenommen worden. Ein Ballonflug von Château-d’Oex nach Zweisimmen. Read More...
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«Sights of Jordan»

The last of my four Jordan time lapse videos. If possible watch in HD and fullscreen mode, it’s possible to stream it at full 1080p resolution.

Sights of Jordan from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.


Das letzte der vier Zeitraffer-Videos über Jordanien. Wenn möglich bitte in HD und im Vollbildschirm-Modus anschauen (es wird dann in voller 1080-HD-Qualtität gestreamt).

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«Petra - In the City of Mysteries»

The third video of the Jordan time lapse series.
Das dritte Video in der Zeitraffer-Serie über Jordanien.

Petra - In the City of Mysteries from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

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«Wadi Rum - A Majestic Landscape»

My latest time lapse movie from Jordan. It’s about Wadi Rum, the vast desert valley in the south of Jordan, and it’s visitors.



Das zweite Zeitraffer-Video aus der Jordanien-Serie. Wadi Rum ist das berühmte Wüstenreservat im Süden des Landes. Es ist ein bekanntes Touristenziel, um etwas Wüstenerfahrung zu machen.
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New Time-lapse page

Created a new page with direct access to a selection of my time-lapse movies, including the top-rated «Venice in a Day» video. To date the Venice time-lapse has more than 700’000 plays on Vimeo only. I discovered a hijacked version on Youtube which has gathered another 130’000 views.
Please check out some of my other movies as well.

Neue Seite auf der eine Auswahl meiner Zeitraffer-Filme zu sehen ist, darunter auch «Venice in a Day». Dieses Video wurde bis heute über 700’000 mal angeschaut, auf Vimeo. Auf einer soeben entdeckten unoffiziellen YouTube-Seite waren es nochmals 130’000 Zuschauer.
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«Amman - City in Motion»

Amman - City in Motion from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.



It’s uploaded and ready for you to watch. My view of the bustling Capital of Jordan.
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Time-lapse videos of Jordan


During two very hot but beautiful weeks I was recently on a time-lapse shooting trip in Jordan. The trip took me from the busy Amman to the magnificent site of Petra, the majestic desert of Wadi Rum and the two very different sea resorts of Jordan, Aqaba at the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. I was shooting almost a terabyte of pictures and I’m currently editing four videos for the Jordan Tourism Board. Please stay tuned… more to come soon.

Two screenshots of the Amman video.

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Amman last frame
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Venice in a Day: Article and Interview

I will start in English first today. There has been an incredible response to my latest video on Vimeo «Venice in a Day». To date the time lapse movie has gathered more than 360’000 plays and 4000 likes on Vimeo.com. If you want to know more about me, my technique you can read the article on Smokingdesigners.com or the interview by Filippo on his blog «Today I conversed with»

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Das Echo auf das Zeitraffer-Video «Venezia in un giorno» war überwältigend. Bis heute wurde das Video auf Vimeo mehr als 360’000mal angeschaut und hat 4000 Herzchen erhalten. In dieser Woche sind im Web auch zwei Artikel über mich und meine Arbeitsweise erschienen, auf Smokingdesigners.com und Filippos Blog.

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Venezia in un giorno / Venice in a Day

Geschafft. Endlich online. Ein Tag Venedig - im Zeitraffer. Vom Tagesanbruch auf der Rialto-Brücke bis zum Sonnenuntergang über der Piazza San Marco, mit einigen Fahrten auf dem Gran Canale. Bitte unbedingt in HD schauen.




Done and online. Venice in a Day, in 3 Minutes. From dawn in the morning at the Rialto bridge to the sunset above the Piazza San Marco, and some travels up and down the Gran Canale. Please watch this time-lapse video in HD.
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Test Video

The Moiré Shootout: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D vs. Panasonic GH2 from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

A little comparison I did recently of the three cameras. This test is mainly focused on sharpness and moire. Both Canons had a Cinestyle profile loaded. This makes the images soft. But that's what you have to do in order to have as little moire as possible with Canon DSLR's (even with the new 5D Mark III as seen in other videos). I did only some contrast correction in post.
The Pana GH2 was on 24P Cinema mode (Daylight pref), nothing hacked.

After that test I bought myself a Panasonic GH2. For wide shots the GH2 is just looking much sharper and this almost without moire.

You can download a mp4 file in 1080p on Vimeo (compressed at 12 MB/s) to watch it on a big screen.

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La Baie

«La Baie», gemeint ist damit die Bucht des Mont Saint-Michel in der Normandie. Der kleine Film zeigt die Bucht, das Monument des Mont Saint-Michel und die beiden nahegelegenen Städte Grandville und Saint-Malô. Bitte unbedingt in HD anschauen.

La baie (The Bay) from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

A short film featuring the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France (La baie du Mont Saint-Michel), the spectacular little town on the rock itself and the nearby cities of Granville and Saint-Malô.

The video was shot in Summer 2010 with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. All time lapse sequences were shot with a Canon G10.
Editing and grading in Motion and Final Cut Pro X.

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Au bout du Lac

«Au bout du Lac», gemeint ist der Genfersee und Genf. Gefilmt im Dezember 2009. Jetzt endlich fertig geschnitten. Für Liebhaber von Genf, seinen winterlichen Lichtspielen und dem Umzug der «Escalade».
Kamera: Canon 5D Mark II, Schnitt und Color Grading in Final Cut Pro X.

«Au bout du Lac», it’s a little and winterly Hommage to the city and the beautiful lake on the western end of Switzerland. Filmed back in 2009 with a Canon 5D Mark II. At last edited and graded in Final Cut Pro X.

Au bout du lac from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

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Zürichsee

Am 5. Februar 2012.

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Lake Zurich, 5th of february 2012.
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SBB Oerlikon

Einzelaufnahme aus einem Zeitraffer am Bahnhof Zürich Oerlikon. Belichtungszeit: 1.6 Sek.

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Still frame from a Timelapse at the SBB Station Zurich Oerlikon. I like the mix of the moving train and the houses in the background. Shutter: 1.6sec
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«Sky on the Rocks»: Berge im Zeitraffer

«Sky on the Rocks» ist ein Zeitraffer Video in Schwarzweiss. Die Aufnahmen stammen aus den Schweizer Alpen.



My latest timelapse video in Black and White shot in the Swiss Alps.


Zum Anschauen bitte im Vimeo-Player diese beiden Buttons klicken:
Buttons Please select the HD and fullscreen button to view the video in best quality.


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«River Works»: neues Video online

Neues Video mit Material von 2008. Ein Bach in den Alpen von Norditalien und ein paar kleine Interventionen.



New video with material shot back in 2008. Some small interventions on a mountain river in northern Italy.
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