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Runner takes 98,000 photos, edits for 80 hours to create must-watch video

Montana runner Jeff Dougherty captured more than 98,000 photos and spent 80 hours stabilizing footage to produce a cool hyperlapse video.

A runner from Bozeman, Mont. put more than 80 hours into stabilizing footage for an incredible hyperlapse video running through the seasons. Filmed on the same five-mile (8K) loop, Jeff Dougherty stitched together content from 256 kilometres of running to produce a must-watch three-minute clip that has been seen almost 300,000 times since Sept. 19.

Dougherty, a freelance cinematographer, was able to combine his two passions to create the video “Running the seasons” on his YouTube channel. There, he’s known as “The Hyperunner.”

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He used a GoPro Hero 4 strapped to a hat and filmed runs through fall, winter, spring and summer showing the changing landscape, weather and light throughout the year. More than 98,000 photos were taken and strung together to produce the footage. The photos took up 714 GB of storage on his hard drive. Not all photos taken were used in the final product. (Video is embedded at the bottom of this page.)

“Using the timelapse setting, I was able to create this continuous hyperlapse throughout the year, showing off all the changes that come with the seasons,” Dougherty describes on his YouTube channel. An identical version of the video has also been watched more than 8,000 times on his Vimeo account putting the total watch count over 300,000.

The timelapse setting that Dougherty used meant that the GoPro would take a photo every half-second on his runs. Because of the proximity of the images, the footage almost looks as if it’s a regular video.

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One portion of the video also includes footage from the Madison Marathon, which took place in July, and is held at 8,500 feet above sea level. He had a front-facing and back-facing GoPro to capture both perspectives. Dougherty says that he also added ambient noises in the background including wind, rain, people talking, birds, and the cars despite footage being sped up.

Facts about what went into making the video

– 159.5 miles ran (256 kilometres)
– 98,366 photos taken
– 83 hours of stabilization
– 2 GoPros used
– 714 GB of photos
– 55.27 GB of video

Final product