Call it the seven wonders of the time-lapse world. Nothing is quite as sublime as nature, and the filmmakers behind the following seven videos set out to prove it. Time-lapse videos compile thousands upon thousands of images over a certain period of time, creating a beautiful visual portrait of a particular place over the course of a day, month, or even a year. We've collected some of the most stunning time-lapse videos currently on Vimeo, inspired by the wild beauty of the natural world.
Need a work day pickup and caffeine isn't cutting it? Look no further than the awe-inspiring videos on Vimeo. While YouTube is home to aspiring comedians and makeup experts, Vimeo is the video-sharing service favored among storytellers and cinematographers. In recognition of their users' creative efforts and the work that goes into each video, the site recently introduced the Vimeo Tip Jar, a new button that lets community members show support for independent filmmakers with a monetary donation. Here, in honor of the site's spirit of ingenuity, we present 20 of the most inspiring videos currently on Vimeo.
The Internet is teeming with inspiring time-lapse videos of still cityscapes and natural wonders, but the latest time-lapse creation from Dutch photographer Frans Hofmeester highlights a very different sense of the world in motion. Frans filmed his now 12-year-old daughter, Lotte, weekly from her birth to early adolescence and edited together the videos for a time-lapse story of her life. From the moments stitched together in the film, we watch as Lotte grows from a baby cooing at the camera to a cranky toddler, to an elementary school student losing her baby teeth, and to a preteen chatting endlessly for the camera.
Watch the video below for home videos at their finest.
Holiday time is here, and whether you're celebrating with family or friends, memories will be made. If you're branching out from photo to video this year, there are a few things you need to remember in order to make your holiday clips the best they can be. Here, a few beginner tips brought to you by the video masters at Vimeo. Check our their fun video explaining the basics, or read through the tip roundup if you're short on time.
- Keep your shots short and sweet — Don't spend the entire night walking around with a camera in your face. Mingle, get a few interviews, a few moments, then put the camera down and enjoy yourself too.
- Plan your important shots ahead of time — Whether it's the cooking, the opening of presents, the after-dinner games, whatever, make sure you have your camera close at hand to capture those moments.
- Play with close-ups and angles — Don't be afraid to get some closeup shots of family and friends chatting, over the shoulder, or shots from above. Play around — you never know what you might end up with.
- Shoot your surroundings — Don't forget to take some video of the decorations, the food, the atmosphere, the presents (before and after they've been opened) to cut into your video.
- But don't film people eating — Film the food, not the people eating it. It's kinda rude, don't you think?
Watch out iMovie, the new and free Vimeo app is right on your tail! Released today, the Vimeo app is packed with awesome video editing features (like focus, grids, trimming, music, transitions, titles, effects, and more) and makes it super easy to upload your mobile creation right to your Vimeo page.
You can browse Vimeo videos, download already-uploaded vids to your iPhone camera roll, edit titles, descriptions, and tags, share with your social networks (Facebook, Tumblr, etc.), and even get page stats to see how many people are actually watching your videos. The app is free and available now for downloading on your iPhone 3GS or later (with iOS 4.0+), so get it and tell us what you think! Want more eye candy? Check out some more screenshots in the gallery.
- Check out Apple's beautiful new NYC store — Gizmodo
- A hands-on review of Palm's Pixi device — Engadget
- Vimeo launches mobile friendly versions for the iPhone/iPod Touch and Android — CNET
- Some of the most wacky and high-tech vending machines for your viewing pleasure — The Business Insider
- Learn how retro rotary phones can be used as decorative pieces in your home — Unplggd
- Bing has rolled out some impressive new features — Download Squad
I love when creativity and politics come crashing together, and when there's $3,000 at stake — as well as a chance to influence the next president's thoughts on the climate — well, I might just be hitting the "record" button myself. The video service Vimeo (kind of YouTube-y but cuter) is running a Climate Matters contest, aimed at opening an eco-dialogue via video.
Any time between now and Sept. 22, you can make a video like the one above with an environmental message for leaders in Washington DC. This one advocates for the EatTheView organization, showing how one citizen planted a garden in front of his own White House and its strength is in its adorable simplicity. The top 10 videos in the contest will be distributed to lawmakers in Washington, and the winning video will be broadcast on national TV along with a $3,000 prize.
Like the Obama in 30 Seconds contest, technology has democratized the political discourse in important, charming, and creative ways, and I'm happy to see it. Maybe Liberty and I will have to put together a little video entry of our own. Would you?