WATCH: Beautiful Timelapse Video of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

We know Rio de Janeiro as a vibrant, upbeat city where the people, both locals and its many tourists, seem to always be in the mood for caipirinhas and a street party. At least, that’s how they portray it in the movies, right?

But this stunning timelapse video of Rio, shot and created by Joe Capra, shows you the other side of the famous city. It shows you life and movement, but from a distance. And despite the fast pacing of the video, everything feels slower and quieter. It’s a fine portrayal of a city known for the opposite.

Here is what Capra wrote about the video:

” ‘10328×7760 – A 10K Timelapse Demo’ is a video I put together showcasing the extreme resolution of the PhaseOne IQ180 camera of which it was shot. This footage comes from some shots I did while shooting 4K and 8K timelapses in Rio De Janeiro for a major electronics manufacturer. Each shot is comprised of hundreds individual still images, each weighing in at a whopping 80 megapixels. Each individual raw frame measures 10328×7760 pixels.

Each shot was very minimally processed and included curves, input sharpening, saturation adjustments. The h264 compression really kills alot of the fine detail. No noise reduction was done on any of the shots. I tried to keep the shots as close to raw as possible so you may see some dust spots, noise, and manual exposure changes I made while shooting. For a final video edit these adjustments would be smoothed out and fixed. Normally I run shots where I manually change exposure during the shot through LRTimelapse, but unfortunately the program can’t seem to handle such huge raw files. I also had to loop some shots in order to have enough runtime to do some zooms, so you may see a jump in the footage here and there.

Each shot sequence starts off with the full resolution footage scaled down to fit within a 1920×1080 resolution (14% scale). The next shot in each shot sequence is the full resolution shot scaled to 50%, so basically zooming in quite a bit. From there we go into the full resolution shot scaled to 100%, which is an extreme zoom/crop. As you can see, the quality and detail holds up extremely well, it’s pretty amazing.”

And, finally, you may watch the video here. I recommend you playing this in full screen and in HD. Enjoy. :)

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