Yes you read that correctly – a timelapse at a whopping resolution of 10328 x 7760, courtesy of photographer and timelapse artist Joe Capra
Shot entirely in the city of Rio de Janeiro, this 10K timelapse video demo was made to show off the resolution capabilities of the PhaseOne IQ80, a digital back with an 80-megapixel sensor back in 2015.
Capra was shooting 4K and 8K timelapse videos in Rio when he got the idea to try something a little larger. In the resulting video, each shot comprises hundreds of 80-megapixel still images, with each frame measuring 10328 x 7760 pixels.
Click above to watch, and make sure to watch it in full-screen HD for the full effect.
For each shot, Capra provides first the full image scaled down to fit a 1920 x 1080 resolution. From there he zooms in 50%, and then 100%, allowing you to appreciate the phenomenal level of detail captured by the PhaseOne camera. All in one shot we go from a sweeping vista of a city to watching two people converse on a balcony.
He explains a little more about the process of shooting the timelapse video, which to us sounds pretty demanding:
He said: “Each shot was very minimally processed and included curves, input sharpening, saturation adjustments. The h264 compression really kills a lot of the fine detail. No noise reduction was done on any of the shots. I tried to keep the shots as close to raw as possible so you may see some dust spots, noise, and manual exposure changes I made while shooting.
“For a final video edit these adjustments would be smoothed out and fixed. Normally I run shots where I manually change exposure during the shot through LRTimelapse, but unfortunately the program can’t seem to handle such huge raw files. I also had to loop some shots in order to have enough runtime to do some zooms, so you may see a jump in the footage here and there.”
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Such enormous resolutions, which most people’s monitors won’t be equipped to display anyway, may seem a little like a gimmick, but as Joe points out in the video description, this kind of resolution allows for a huge amount of flexibility in post-production.
He said: “You can literally get about 8-10 solid 1920 x 1080 shots out of a single shot. You can also get about 5-6 solid 4K shots out of a single shot.”