Capture the Christmas lights and fireworks with spectacular colour and detail. This tutorial will show you how to timeshift in low light with the Insta360 One X. You will need your Insta360 One X, Invisible Selfie Stick, Insta360 One X app, and Premiere Pro. Lets get started.
This is the result you will achieve by the end of this tutorial:
I caught Santa on camera! 🎅 Timeshifting with the Insta360 One X in low light. Visit London Hyde Park for Winter Wonderland!
Posted by How To Make A Video on Friday, November 23, 2018
How To Timeshift In Low Light With The Insta360 One X:
- Turn your One X on and connect it to the app. Select Video Mode, 5.7K 30fps. This will give us the highest quality video possible.
- Set Exposure to Manual mode. This will ensure your video stays consistent.
- Set the ISO to 200, and the Shutter Speed to 1/60. I recommend keeping 1/60 as your minimum Shutter Speed. 1/30 will give you blurry video. If your video is still too dark, then bump up the ISO to 400 or 800 (you may introduce noise into your video). If your video is too light, then increase the shutter speed to 1/120 or 1/240.
- Set the White Balance manually. Take a careful look at what Auto White Balance looks like. Find a Manual White Balance option which closely resembles what Auto White Balance looks like. This is important to stop the colour of your video changing from time to time. To get rich colours, keep Log mode off.
- You’re probably going to video the Christmas lights and fireworks. You will need to raise the Selfie Stick high into the air away from the crowds to capture good video. Make sure your One X is securely attached to your Invisible Selfie Stick. Raise your Invisible Selfie Stick at least 2 or 3 stems into the air so the One X is above your head. To get the most steady shot, hold the Selfie Stick comfortably in front of you, and bend you knees slightly whilst walking.
- Here are a couple of tips when walking. Make sure to walk as close to the subject as possible. You need to get really close to see the detail and fill up the frame. But if you get too close the subject may distort. So you need to figure out the balance between the two.
- When you’re walking in crowded areas, you need to figure out how to go pass people as smoothly as possible. Make sure you do not do any sharp turns, and walk towards a subject to distract the viewer with.
- Keep your walk as short and sweet as possible, no more than 5 minutes. This will give you around 20 seconds of great timeshift footage. I made the mistake of going for a 10 to 20 minutes walk to find out my footage was blurry and too dark. I then had to change the settings, charge the battery again, and then go for another take 20 minutes later. If you keep your walks short, you can do a couple of walks instead. This technique will also give you more content to post on social media!
- Once you finished recording, your footage will end up in the Camera’s video folder. To edit the footage on your phone, download it to your phone by holding down the footage and tap Save To App. Your footage will appear in your Phone’s video folder. Tap the footage to begin editing.
- There are 2 things you need to add to make a timeshift, add Pivot Points and Speed Ramps. But first you need to trim your footage to remove the unwanted footage at the start and end of your video To do this, tap Edit.
- Tap Trim.
- The left arrow marks the start point of your video. Drag the footage left and right to set your desired start point. And the right arrow marks the end point of your video. Drag the footage left and right to set your desired end point. Tap the tick when you’re done.
- The next step is to add Pivot Points throughout your video. Add Pivot Points every 5 to 10 seconds in your video to tell the app where to focus. This will make sure the app knows where to look at all times. Find the focus point of your video by dragging it left and right.
- It’s important to pick a point you will remember as you will keep adding points in the same area every 5 to 10 seconds in the video, until you move onto the next subject. In this example I picked a point just below the heart. Hold your finger down on the screen to bring up some options. Tap Pivot Point to add one here.
- Scroll the video 10 seconds later and add another Pivot Point focusing on the same area as the previous Pivot Point. Keep doing this until you want to move onto the next subject. And repeat the process until the end of the video.
- To delete a Pivot Point, just tap it and a red X will appear. Tap the Pivot Point again to delete it.
- Now all your Pivot Points has been added. Let’s add Speed Ramps. Go to Edit and tap Speed.
- Choose where in the timeline you want to begin or end a Speed Ramp, and tap x16 (hyperlapse). Drag the footage backwards or forwards to where you want the Speed Ramp to begin or end. Tap the tick to confirm your Speed Ramp. You can add as many Speed Ramps as you want. The areas without a Speed Ramp will be your ‘Slow Motion’ effect.
- Take your time to add Pivot Points and Speed Ramps throughout your video. Now your timeline will looks something like this after you have applied Pivot Points and Speed Ramps.
- There is no way easy to preview your video with the effects. You must export the video, watch it back, make the necessary changes in the edit, and export again. To export your video, tap Export.
- Tap Local to export to your phone storage.
- The preview window does not give a realistic view of the final video. You must Export the video to see the final results. Tap Export.
- Additionally, you can import your video into Premiere Pro (or any other editor) to add FREE music and sound effects.
- To make the colours pop out more, add the Insta360 One X LUT to your video.
- That’s it! You now know how to timeshift in low light with the Insta360 One X! Share your video on the How To Make A Video Facebook Group!