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Inspirations: Signal to Noise by Douglas Koke

A gorgeous video combining time lapse footage, and effects in After Effects. The motion tracking is spot on and it was color graded with Magic Bullet Looks. It’s impressive.

A gorgeous video combining time lapse footage, and effects in After Effects. The motion tracking is spot on and it was color graded with Magic Bullet Looks. It's impressive.

In one of the comments, the artist Douglas Koke explains: “I eyeballed the 3D placement on most of the shots, but the rest is all motion tracking, coupled with mattes. I'd make a solid layer above the live footage, animate a mask to follow the dish rotation, and then use the masked solid as an Alpha matte above my graphics. Seemed to work pretty well.”

Signal To Noise from Douglas Koke on Vimeo.

Time-lapse footage taken at the Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico; one of the largest Radio Astronomy Observatories in the world.

As a learning exercise, and something to challenge myself, I wanted to try to combine two of my favorite things: motion-graphics and time-lapse photography.
I also wanted to see if I could stretch my editing techniques a little further.

The VLA really is a legitimately amazing thing to see in person. If you've ever considered making a visit, you should.
It's an awe-inspiring feat of human engineering, and the surroundings are gorgeous. Unbelievable skies in New Mexico. I caught some nasty weather, but it was still a great experience. I'm definitely going back!

Canon t3i / 600D (2 -rented a second)
Canon 10-22mm
Canon 24-105mm
Canon 70-200mm 2.8 (rented)
Sigma 30mm 1.4
GoPro HD Hero

Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly
Kessler elektraDrive Basic Controller

Completed in After Effects.
Grading with Magic Bullet.

Music: “What It Is Without The Hand That Wields It”,
Telefon Tel Aviv

Many, many thanks to Rob Chiu, Tony Scott and Paul Greengrass for their inspirational cutting style.

Posted by Michele Yamazaki