We have successfully documented many fit-out time lapse projects and have learnt through experience what is the best way to execute a time lapse recording in these environments. This is our guide to Fit-out time lapse.
SITE VISIT AND QUOTING FOR YOUR PROJECT
Every location and project presents a different set of challenges so we always recommend an initial site visit so we can assess your requirements as we tour the location.
We can then assess the following:
- Is there an electricity supply we can use? (If not we have a battery powered system).
- Are there suitable fixing points for the cameras? We have a wide variety of camera fixing rigs and clamps.
- How many cameras and angles are required ?
- Where do you want the cameras?
- How long do you require coverage for?
- Do you also require stills and video that can be shot on each site visit? (A cost effective way to document the progress of the project and create amazing on-going marketing material).
- Any H&S issues that may arise?
- This initial visit may allow us to complete any necessary induction prior to the installation date?
CHOOSING YOUR CAMERA POSITIONS
To ensure you get the best coverage possible we advise that prior to installation you supply detailed site drawings (and photographs if possible) indicating your preferred camera positions. We utilise wide-angle lenses to document as much action as possible from each position chosen. Please bear in mind that if your fit-out plans include the installation of new walls, these could interfere or even block the cameras viewpoint as the project progresses. We can move cameras to alternative positions during the project to avoid such instances.
There is usually power available within the ceiling void so we advise running the extension leads in the roof void. We can then mount the cameras from the ceiling. This enables a great viewpoint and means the cameras are not in the way of any floor level work. If there is no power supply on site we can install battery powered cameras.
CAMERA VIEWPOINT APPROVAL
After installing the cameras, if you cannot be present, we will email you the exact camera viewpoint for approval. Once approved we will then start the cameras recording.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
We hold Construction Skills Certification Scheme Yellow Cards having passed the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment Test. The test indicates that we are aware of the relevant Health & Safety issues when working on a busy construction site. We have our own PPE and will submit detailed RAMS prior to installation.
Once we have all the image files downloaded from the cameras, they are imported into our image software. Firstly we optimise the images and then “stitch” the individual images together to form one long time lapse video. This will inevitably feature long periods on inactivity, for instance during the night, which we will remove from your edit. As per your brief, we will then start to assemble your final edit featuring the key stages of the process. We can enhance the video with titles, logos, music and even a voiceover. We also offer video production and drone services. Adding interviews, general views of the site and aerial footage really does make a great project case study.
This “rough-cut” edit is then posted securely on line for you to view via our password protected video platform.
The cost of your time lapse film depends on the number of cameras and for how long you require them for. We recommend utilising DSLR cameras due to the high quality footage they produce. They also accommodate a huge variety of lenses, ensuring we can cover wide areas of floor space. Shooting a RAW file format means that during post-production we can visually enhance the image files, without compromising quality, resulting in superb time lapse sequences.