Have you ever seen a full car detail done in 2 minutes? Who could accomplish
something so fast and actually have it clean? Well we did, sort of…
Using the small, durable go-pro camera, we captured the frame-by-frame sequence of the entire process in a video lasting a little over 2 minutes. With each part of the detail process gaining the spotlight, we aim to help you make the connection between what the final product looks like and what goes on the the shop.
In order to display how a vehicle goes through an "almost-metamorphosis" when cleaned, we wanted a fast yet informative video to give a nice balanced ratio of speed to the action taking place.
We wanted to give a little taste of the project and keep the viewer interested throughout the length of the video. We programmed the camera to shoot every 5 seconds. Through the length of the video there are, in fact, times that we stop and restart the camera in order to reset the camera for the next shot. We covered a variety of area and angles throughout the shop to show the familiarity with how our workers use the tools and execute the project in a consistent manner. We caught the full process by setting it up, to gather a wide angle, and see most of the vehicle. It is amazing to watch the complete process in a little over 2 minute.
As with other fast yet detailed services, capturing the whole process is tricky. The camera is not completely safe from things that could disrupt it. We tried setting it in different positions to give a good view of the entire detail task. In the first project we tried having it mounted on one of our employees’s head, but it can be hard to follow with the camera shake. Having it stable, with added light, was preferable to give a balanced feel to the picture quality captured as multiple photos pieced together. As we continued we tried using a nice angle to keep the camera stationary and capture a full sense of the working environment. With a little trial and error we were able to set up the camera and let it run. We found a nice way to complement the hurried yet detailed feel of vehicle cleaning. It is interesting to note how much happens in the short time the video plays.
Whether it’s making sure the camera stays in place after it gets bumped or keeping the view clear of obstacles, there are a number of small adjustments to the angle of placement at which it is shot. Sometimes the point of view video is a little hard to follow (although go - pros get a nice wide range, they will not show the process completely as it happened). We started with the point of view angle and allowed the video a slow scroll over to keep the viewer focused on each portion of the vehicle. After trial and error at some other speeds we set the camera to take the picture once every 5 seconds in order that the pictures were taken long enough apart to compile over 3000 photos. We were able to capture the full process with the total amount of photos gathered into a continuous play.
Through the quick flip technique of time-lapse you are able to make sense of what is happening, once a number of photos are seen in this sped up cycle and the complete view is seen. Although not shot as a tutorial, this video gives a small insight into the average step by step process going
into a typical cleaning.
If you have wanted to find a way to see what happens after you leave your vehicle at our shop here is your opportunity. Using a go- pro camera to capture frame by frame sequence of car detailing, with all the methods of seeing a clean vehicle through media, we would like to show your car in a new way. Our target was a unique look at our functional treatment of your vehicle. I know it is hard to imagine the cars could be so clean in such a short time, but we love the practice.