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BTS: Creating a 4K Music Video With Only Still Images | Chris Hershman

By Chris Nachtwey on August 28th 2014

One of the things I love about writing for SLR Lounge is that I have the opportunity to go out and find awesome creative projects to feature on a daily basis. As I was doing my normal check of all things awesome on YouTube recently, I came across a really cool behind the scenes video about making a 4k music video with only 20,000 still images. At first I thought, “how could that even be done?” I’ve seen timelapse videos in 4k, but a music video…really?


Chris Hershman, a filmmaker hailing from Chicago takes us behind the scenes of making the band, Tall Walker’s newest music video in 4k on the Nikon 1 v3 system with only still images. Check it out below, it’s awesome!


Gear Used

Nikon 1 V3

Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2

FT-1 Mount Adaptor

Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR II

Nikon 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR



Chris knew that the Nikon 1 V3 being a mirrorless camera would allow him to take up to 40 RAW images per second, because there is no mirror to move up and down in front of the shutter. This allowed Chris to take many continuous images per scene and then string them together in post to create a video sequence.

The use of RAW images allowed Chris to have extremely large and detailed still images that, once put together in a video sequence, would give him the 4k resolution that he wanted for this video.

Knowing that he would be stringing together still images to create video sequences, he knew he could not move the camera around a lot to create motion in the video. He solved this problem by using lasers and lighting techniques to give the final product more motion.


Final Product

The final 4k video Chris created is absolutely beautiful. The fact that he created it with only still images is still blowing my mind. Check it out below!


Wow! Honestly I don’t have much more to say. Coming from a video background, I would have thought the only way to create a 4k resolution video would be to shoot video with a camera capable of 4k, not take still images and string them together in post to create video sequences. Seeing this makes me want to buy the Nikon 1 V3 system for myself!

You should check out the interview Nikon Cinema did with Chris over on their blog.

Via: Nikon USA’s Youtube Page

Music video via: Tall Walker’s Youtube Page

Images captured via screen grab. 

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Chris Nachtwey is a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. He is the founder and creator of 35to220 a website dedicated to showcasing the best film photography in the world. Chris loves to hear from readers, feel free to drop him a line via the contact page on his website! You can see his work here: Chris Nachtwey Photography

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Michael Moe

    great idea!

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  2. Kim Farrelly

    Wish I had a 4k screen :(
    Pretty cool almost like shooting in film, you know, like they do in the movies, using a camera to shoot loads of shots quite fast on film and splicing them together…

    OK, OK, I know I’m being grumpy. It’s pretty cool all the same though, how much space did they use up on the shoot I wonder?

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  3. Herm Tjioe

    Another beauty behind this hack to image in 4K is that no 4K capable recorder is needed that you otherwise would need if shooting with 4K camcorder

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