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Artbeats Timelapse

New Grow! footage saves time PART 1 By Ko Maruyama
Artbeats has some beautiful footage of nature.  Of everything - but you already knew that.  What you might not know is that in addition to their real time playback footage of things that happen quickly (like lightning, fire and explosions), they also have some wonderful timelapse photography of things that happen very slowly.  The new Grow! collection is an excellent addition to your stock library.

In their nature category, you might have seen the collection of timelapse plants.  Flowers blooming, caught on film are really wonderful to watch - especially when you can see petals unfold in 30 seconds, rather than waiting the better part of an hour to see.

check it out here:

In their new collection, some of the sequences are taken with an HD still camera, rather than the 35mm film stock of the earlier collections, and the images are wonderfully sharp.    Many of the obvious plant growths that you would want are recorded already.  So you don't have to worry about irregular lighting shifts, the elements are shot on a stage against a clean black background.

Watching grass grow might be slower than watching "paint dry".  Fortunately, the folks over at Artbeats have been vigilant for you.  Not only will this save you "sitting around and photographing" time, but the imagery will help you find some quick ways to add to your NTSC or HD composites.

Ever wonder what a dandelion looks like when it opens into dandelion seed puff?  I know what they look like when my kids blow them around my yard - but none of them looks as elegant and clean as the Grow! footage from Artbeats.

In Part 2 - I'll show you how you can use these straight out of the box.  And even timelapse the footage more by stretching the footage in After Effects!

You can get the Grow! NTSC library or the two Grow! HD libraries by heading over to the website.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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