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Shooting 8K Video From Your D800 | A New Way To Look At Architectural Photography

By Kishore Sawh on March 9th 2015


When most have narrowed down their choices of cameras for purchase, there are the typical numbers and stats about each that grab the headlines and buyer’s attention. They are the ones that are common and easy to digest, and easy to see where and why they matter, such as resolution, and sensor format. I’d wager it’s an infinitesimal number of people who care though, about their DSLR having a 100 photo limit such as that on the D800. But that’s the sort of concern you may have if you’re looking to step outside the conventional, and produce something special.

Art Sanchez is an architecture and interior design photographer hailing from Spain who has united with an award winning director of photography from LA, Mcgregor, to create a fresh way to showcase architecture, and it’s done in motion, in 8k, with a D800.


They’ve monikered the new technique Quicklapse, and using a Nikon D800 on burst mode and a custom intervalometer which allows for the 100 image limit of the camera to be bypassed, the duo can actually shoot 8k video from the D800.

The Quicklapse technique is a way to generate ultra high resolution real time video. By capturing continuous bursts of still images and applying interpolation algorithms in post-production to fill up the missing frames we are able to create unsurpassed video quality.

If it sounds technical, it’s because it really appears to be, and from the breakdown on Nikon Rumors the process is not for the faint of heart or those without staying power, because it’s tedious, and progress is incremental. But when you can create something like the video featured here, the rewards reaped of hard work could be worth it.

But why would you do it this way and forgo traditional high end video? Well the resolution, for one, will be higher, and shooting in RAW brings along all the benefits we know and love about shooting in that format; better dynamic range, etcetera. It’s also worth noting this was a child of the mother of all invention. It was on a trip in 2012 when Miguel de Olaso, Mcgregor, found his Sony F35 unusable due to a damaged cable, and decided to use his back-up D800 in the manner described above in 4k, to finish the trip footage and not return home empty handed.

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The gamble worked, and you can see from the video below how gorgeous his Nordic landscapes turned out, but the imagery didn’t allow for the standard 24fps of conventional video, and a workaround was needed to bypass Nikon’s seemingly arbitrary limit of images. You can see the full breakdown and explanation of how it all unfolded here, and it will likely serve as inspiration to get the uttermost out of the equipment you’ve already got.

You may notice the video is devoid of quick moving objects, like people, cars, or animals, and the jitters that can be seen in the water is a tell-tale sign that this is probably most applicable as an art to precisely what it was used for here, but it is, nonetheless, gorgeous.

There’s more to see and worth checking out at the Sanchez & Olaso Blog.

Source: Nikon Rumors, images are screen captures from featured video

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great video

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    Great new article showing hope to push the limits on the amazing Nikon Cameras.

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  3. robert garfinkle

    here is a challenge for you D750 owners…

    can similar be achieved using a d750 to acquire a poor man’s 4k video?

    using –

    1.2 format (30 x 20)
    M) 3,752 x 2,504


    (L) 3,936 x 2,624

    any takers?

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  4. James Rogen

    but can the d800 see why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch?

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  5. robert garfinkle

    this is groundbreaking and trendsetting –

    question though? so, the D800(e) and D810 has a resolution of 7360 wide, yet 8k video measures out to be 7680, are they calling this 8k video as it is “as close to” as we are going to get for now?

    It’s groundbreaking / trendsetting as you know very well other’s will follow suit but they will have to have cameras with the width / resolution**, and it will get better – looking into the quicklapse there are limitations, yet this will be overcome… right?

    ** let’s have some fun – I stated above, that the resolution has to be similar (or greater) in width to the D800(e) / D800, and the 50mp cams are on their way, right? but I suspect the quicklapse limitations will still be there, yes? however, let’s think out of the box for a minute –

    why not use camera’s with less resolution, yet more of them, stack em 4 across, and 4 down – say one’s that do 1920 x 1080 really well, or do a 2 across, 2 down with a set of 4k cams – then, using special panoramic software that sews them together – the idea that, 8k which might not have the quicklapse limitations tied to them – who want’s to try :)

    8k is not new, just not as available for consumers – we are quite a ways off, yet they did it here, and 8k video, crisp, clean, and loaded with caffeine (color, DR…) nice.

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  6. Barry Cunningham

    Nice, I guess. My 8K monitor is still on the drawing board.
    Wonderful for a lot of timelapse I suppose. Air shows and drag races, not so much yet.

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