Philip Bloom's HDR timelapse: 24 hours of Neon

British cinematographer Philip Bloom has already made himself a name in the DSLR filmmaker scene. When confronted with the absurd orchestra of light and color that is called Las Vegas, he picked HDR timelapse as the weapon of choice. Check it out:

24 Hours of Neon from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

There is an abundance of making-of material and commentary on Philip Bloom's blog.

In short, he used Photomatix's batch processing and manhandled flickering problems by simply omitting the worst shots. Flickering is indeed a common problem when abusing Photomatix as image sequencer, because Photomatix does not have a concept of temporal consistency. There are better ways to tone video in After Effects, working directly on the 32-bit HDR footage with the Atlas plugin and manual exposure adjustments based on roto masks. But then again, this is more labor-intensive than just running it through Photomatix...

Now that the RED Epic camera has an HDRx mode, you can expect options for toning HDR footage to open up soon. Which actually brings me to an announcement:

RED Los Angeles User Group meeting

If you're in the LA area, come to the RED User Group meeting on June 11, 9:00 am-noon!

You'll get to see the high-end Nucoda color grading system with full OpenEXR capabilities, the amazing Dolby reference monitor, and I will teach a class on the fundamentals of HDR imaging. The event is free, your only investment is a Saturday morning.

Full program and sign-up here.

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