Shooting Video Transitions with Callum Whiteley
UK-based videographer behind 24 Hours on the Galata Bridge, Callum Whiteley, shares his top three techniques when shooting movies: shooting time-lapses, using DSLR camera rigs and creating transitions for easy editing.
Another advantage of shooting inverted Glidecam sequences is the natural ‘wipe-out’ you get at the end of each shot as you move the camera away from the route it had been following.
When you are editing your movie by selecting clips and finding transitions, certain shots may jump out as having a dynamic spin at the end of the shot. You can get creative by playing one of the clips in reverse to make sure they can sit next to each on your timeline.
In Istanbul, I'd been tracking a cat down the road for a while, through bollards and over puddles before it got spooked and darted off. But as I span the Glidecam back to end the recording I got a few frames of the cobbled road, almost central, spinning fast.
This technique works great with a little time-ramping on either side, to add to the dynamics and also to hide any frames that don’t quite match up. It’s a useful technique when using a Glidecam to capture video transitions which you can use later when editing your movie.