General information

About SkyTimelapse

The site has seen several re-iterations since the mid-2000’s. Only recently has the footage been remastered at 4K Ultra HD 2160p. The video licensing portion of the site is still active. This website is a D.B.A., a sole proprietorship.

DRM-free, no watermarks

All licensed footage has no digital rights management features, DCP packages, or watermarks built into the files to annoy users. Clip previews on this site do have embedded watermarks.

Resolution, framerate, and other technical specs

The base price shown on a clip’s page is for SD (standard definition) files. When you update your clip selection to license by selecting different specs on that same page, the price will update and show you on the spot the selected spec and price for that specification. ProRes 4444 XQ 10-bit .MOV files are provided, or DNxHR 444 10-bit .MXF files for Ultra HD clips and DNxHD for HD and lower resolution clips. Not all footage was originally from a 10-bit source, however those that do not originate from a 10-bit source do still benefit from the extra bit depth in the lossy intermediate codecs such as ProRes and DNx. This results in improved gradient smoothness in the skies for those clips.

Differing framerates with variable speeds are offered. This is because the clips do not need to conform to any standard ‘real-time’, eliminating any need for unnecessary frame-blending.

All footage can be licensed in 4K except for those few clips which specify as such; those have the 4K purchase option removed.

Help with cart or assistance with site

The site’s checkout process is secured with fully updated encryption and CMS processes. You can checkout online just as you would most other shopping websites; during checkout you’ll be directed to accept the license agreement before your order can be placed. The checkout process is simple and your information is kept safe with 256-bit data encrypted SSL.

Multimedia services

As primarily a stock footage provider this website does not prepackaged services to checkout with. Since every job will be so different, make contact.

Non-expiring orders, zero subscriptions

Put simply: your license to use the footage does not have any expiration date, there are absolutely no subscriptions or other hidden fees; any applicable taxes should be calculated automatically at checkout. 

If you require special handling such as taxes which are not calculated at checkout, send me a message.

A strong guarantee to protect your payment info

I do not use your billing information for anything other than order support, and this site is designed to work fully to PCI (payment card industry) standards. I’m committed to providing a safe and secure experience.

How to view 4K (or HD) footage and learn more

Download, stream or share video in resolutions up to 4K on the portfolio page.

Get more info on time-lapse, the sole proprietor, and read more about viewing options.

Pre-order (cart, general questions) and Order support

Please contact me using this form. The support page is for related business inquiries.

To change currencies, go to your cart, and see the currency switcher at the bottom left. You will need to create an account and agree to the license terms to complete an order.

Same or next day digital delivery

I will endeavor to digitally deliver the licensed footage via an email over a cloud based link the same day.

For 60 FPS 4K clips that is often within the same business hour (pacific coast times). Other FPS or resolutions usually in 24 hours. If this is not possible it is more likely the delivery will be next business day. On the off-chance your order fulfillment will take longer you will receive an email or contact from me with an exact time frame.

FYI- I can remove individual frame distractions such as birds from licensed clips at no charge if you establish contact ahead of the order to confirm a reasonable turnaround time.

Uses (and not accepted) uses

If you do intend to complete the checkout process to use the footage, it’s necessary that you read the section regarding use cases before checking out with the footage. This includes resale outside the bounds of the agreement, illegal usage and purpose.

Non-exclusive use only without elevated license

To be clear, you are purchasing the right to use the video(s), you do not ‘own’ the rights to the video exclusively or other way.

Cookie policy and GDPR compliance

To see the cookies policy, see this following page linked. To see the privacy policy, follow this link.

Elevated licenses and multi-clip discounts [updated 2022]

An elevated license is a broad category of license that allows you to arrange with me the agreement to re-distribute the footage or use the footage in a way outside the normal terms of the licensing agreement. Purchasing for exclusive use will remove the footage from sale on this site.  Any clip that has been licensed already with the standard license can’t be ‘exclusively’ licensed but may still be for other purposes with an elevated license for resale purposes. Update 2022: Elevated licenses and multi-clip discounts are no longer offered.

Right now in 2023, times and offerings are changing for the stock footage industry. That’s why as a general policy, multi-clip discounts and elevated licenses are no longer offered on this website.

Your input is appreciated: What’s the one thing you would change about this website?

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