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Cycles animations as a guide through a time lapse film


Samuel Mergenthaler writes:

The intro and in-between scenes are completely made in Blender (Cycles). I used them to build a bit of a story/guideline around my New Zealand time lapse movie.
Also, I put the whole film together in the Video Sequence Editor and used motion tracking points to stabilize two of my shakiest time lapses.

Blender and New Zealand, I love 'em both :).

You can see the Blender scenes at the following time codes:


About the Author

Samuel Mergenthaler

I'm fascinated by the possibilties of Blender. I really enjoy creating scenes in it, wether it is for images or animated films.


  1. hey, I'm interested in the last bit where the night sky shows with the mountain landscape, could you upload that scene clip somewhere I'd like to use it for another one of my projects.

    • Hey Miguel,
      I captured that time lapse near the beautiful Arthurs Point (Queenstown, NZ), last year.
      Feel free to use it for your project. I uploaded it on Google Drive (just click on my name).

      By the way, in real time it took about 5 hours to capture, at an exposure time of 20 seconds for each image (plus 22 seconds for the camera to process the image). Just in case you want to make one yourself :).

  2. Very very good intro. Great job.
    But my heart is bleeding.. because I love new zealand and every time I see anything of it I wished I could be there again...

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