Since I started doing “Stillmotion” pieces a couple years ago – creating video using short, high-speed bursts of still photographs – a lot of people ask me for a step-by-step roadmap to the technique so they can do it themselves.
Recently Digital Photo Pro Magazine interviewed me about it, and they did just that, spelling out in gory detail exactly how to do it. So stop bugging me about it.
Seriously though, It looks like a ton of steps but really, its hella simple. You just need to make sure you have the right tools. I happen to use Nikon DLSRs for capture and sequence everything in Final Cut Pro.
One thing DPP did not ask was, “Why the hell would you do it?” It does look pretty cool, and it’s novel. That’s probably enough for me. But maybe the benefits versus video (extreme resolution, access to unique lighting and shutter effects) do not outweigh the pain-in-the-asses (difficult frame rates, extreme workflow challenges, no sound). It’s a question I ask myself, especially given that there are so many amazing video capture tools out there today – most of which I use daily for other productions.
I believe that in the near future, there will be full motion-capture technology that is very similar physically to what I am doing with a high-speed still camera.
Try it out yourself, tell me if I am full of shit, and enjoy the article: