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my first instructable. Please if I am wrong in anyway, or if there is something I can improve, please comment.


Well, a week ago I was bored and wanted to try something new. I picked up my video camera and experimented with the effects. Then, I learned you can somewhat recreate the sprint commercial.

This effect is limited, but I think most of the time it will do the job.

You'll need:
a video camera with a "night" effect.
a tripod (or flat surface, where the camera will not move)
a computer
editing software
a small led light (don't have one? I'll explain what to do later.)
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Step 1: Finding a "night" effect

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OK, now I am making this tutorial based upon my camera, a JVC GR-DA30. I found an effect called "Night" in the menu. Basically, you need something to make your video look like this: http://vimeo.com/1157191 or you can see the pictures below

This is most important part of the effect, you must find something like this for it to work.

If there is another way to do this, please comment.

Step 2: Filming your line of light.

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Now it's time to film your line of light. Be sure that you know where your light is going.

Turn off all the lights, put your camera on the tripod, and turn your camera on. As soon as you are ready press record and move your light in front of the camera as you want it to appear.

A couple tips:
1. The faster your light goes, the longer the line
2. The slower your light goes, the shorter the line

Step 3: Sprint Speed Editing

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OK, for editing all you have to do is speed up the clip. May I suggest four times faster?

Before - http://vimeo.com/1157191
After - http://vimeo.com/1157284

Step 4: Final Product

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Now, Upload your video to YouTube and Vimeo, post it on the comments below, and watch the views pour in.

theRIAA7 years ago
the sprint speed commercials are time lapse (or stop motion) with long exposure (maybe 5-15 seconds each frame). You are basically doing the same thing, just with a shorter exposure, so you have less control over what is drawn. I can't really think or an easy way to recreate them... possibly a time lapse from a camera taking 5 sec night exposures.... it would be really hard to do with just one person. CDHK will help with timing (seriously, why do all camera manufacturers insist on leaving the most basic of features out, or limited by software)
mailkd7 (author)  theRIAA7 years ago
Well yes, I knew that, and like I said there are a lot of problems with this.
theRIAA mailkd77 years ago
you did a great job, like i said, it's hard to recreate. your way looks really cool and it's easy
mailkd7 (author)  theRIAA7 years ago
hg3417 years ago
if you take a pic of a pc editing this and i veiw the pic of the pc editing this dont you think that will disrupt the space time contumin??XD
mailkd7 (author)  hg3417 years ago
dat iz y kat dar