1. How do I verify this site has been registered to Tim Kronberger since 2005, or the footage has quality I desire?
  2. How long does it take to receive footage to use once paid for?
  3. How does footage typically get delivered in final form?
  4. How does clip licensing work? What are the restrictions for using this footage, and how do I begin checkout?
  5. How is it possible your footage is available in most frame rates?
  6. Why does this site have a general data protection regulation notice (GDPR)?
  7. My purpose is for non-commercial, personal or not for profit use. May I receive a discount?
  8. What if my questions weren’t answered here?
  9. Why do certain videos not allow me to jump or repeat to different times of playback?
  10. What are the restrictions on use?
  11. What is the backstory behind this site?

1: How do I verify when this site has been registered to Tim Kronberger, or the footage has quality I’m looking for, or to verify the owner of this site and its footage?

To verify the existence of this site to the same person, the owner (TK), since early 2000s, go to the registrar lookup www.domain.com/ (external website). The site creation/registered date and other public info is available there on the sixth row of WHOIS results for skytimelapse.com.

To verify other info, make a proof request if the request is business related and in good faith.

2:How long does it take to receive footage to use once paid for?

After checkout is complete, an active link will be sent in 24 hours weekdays. If a delay is probable or possible I will contact you with the best estimate.

3:How does footage typically get delivered in final form?

Typically via an emailed link to a folder with the licensed files (clips). All clips are in individual files using the .mov file container, Quicktime as PRORES 4444 XQ. MXF files are also available on request. The maximum bit depth for most is 10 bits per sample *this is different than bit rate, which I do not constrain in final offerings; ProRes is the ‘industry standard’ for this purpose, download links will typically not expire before one month passing the order date.

4:How does clip licensing work? What are the restrictions for using this footage, and how do I begin checkout?

If using checkout online (coming redesign soon), the process is direct and will guide you through. It will ask you for your usage purpose and company name, otherwise checkout is similar to other shopping sites. The non exclusive royalty free agreement is available on request or checkout.

Purchasing a license to use these clips means you can use it non-exclusively in perpetuity within agreement. Previews on this site have watermarks (licensed files do not).

5:How is it possible your footage is available in most frame rates?

Because sequenced time-lapse speed is already independent of ‘real-time’. Since it’s already different playback speed from actual normal time, the frame-length does not need to coincide at all with the original speed; no blending is necessary.

Imagine a sequence of individual images taken at an interval. Since for our purposes it does not matter to us the relation between real time, it can be any framerate and any speed, within the limits of our software. Even 120 fps is possible; clips become shorter with speed increases.

On this site, all previews are currently 60 fps. You’ll want to view them on a display with 60hz.

Differently, ‘real-time’ (normal) footage is greatly limited without using a machine learning application or relying on our video editing software to do that technical work and turn the video into a different framerate. But we don’t need worry about that with sequenced time-lapse.

6:Why does this site have a general data protection regulation notice (GDPR)?

I am required to by law for offering business online to customers in the EU. Additionally, this site complies with domestic privacy law CCPA.

  1. This Section applies only to the extent that (a) SKYTIMELAPSE receives and processes End User personal information for or on behalf of the Client and (b) the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) applies to such End User personal Information.
  2. SKYTIMELAPSE certifies, understands, and agrees as follows:
    1. SKYTIMELAPSE is a service provider with respect to End User personal information.
    2. SKYTIMELAPSE shall not sell End User personal information.
    3. SKYTIMELAPSE shall not retain, use, or disclose End User personal information for any purpose other than the specific purpose of performing the Services under the Agreement, or as otherwise permitted under the CCPA.
  3. Any undefined terms in this Section shall have the meanings set forth in the CCPA.

7:My purpose is for non-commercial, personal or not for profit use. May I receive a discount?

Yes, at the moment you will need to use the contact form for this purpose.

8:What if my questions weren’t answered here?, or I encountered a technical issue?

I’m here to assist. Please feel free to use the contact form!

9:Why do certain videos not allow me to jump around selecting different times to play back?

This has to do with the type of file, WebM, and the browser. WebM files that are 10 bit have great quality and efficiency, but the downside of WebM videos are at the cost of browsers being able to handle them with ease; an alternative to search the video better is to view the HEVC versions (coming very soon) in Safari or Edge. For now, to get the best experience play the video from the beginning and simply avoid jumping/rewinding. Sorry for any inconvenience!

10:What may I not purchase a license for?

The restrictions for purchased footage: Approved purpose use (this means the sale will be nulled at the proprietor’s discretion) and no stock footage resale; and I kindly ask to be credited for ‘stock footage’ if your project includes credits or is a personal project. Offer discounts for educational and not for profit use.

11:What is the backstory behind this site?

In 2004 I registered this website, and started doing business in 2005. As a digital marketer I was able to begin selling this stock footage. This is the beginning of the royalty free licensing period on skytimelapse.com. Over the years I sold (non-exclusive) reselling rights as a repackaged product through one company only; this company made weather packages for news stations in the U.S. The other company which was also a stock footage company like this site, Creatas, was purchased a few times over the years…

In the 16 years since then, things have changed. Since that time, contemporary infants are now able to drive. Much the same as other aspects of society, time-lapse has matured, and I could not be happier about that. However, the stock footage industry was grievously disrupted- but that’s a story for another writer to expand on!

I, Tim, have been gradually adding to my library through the years, and during that struggle I’ve experienced every sentiment that G. Reggio said people experience while watching his seminal movie- the one that piqued my interest in film and time-lapse: Koyaanisqatsi (external website):

‘for some people it’s an environmental film, for some it’s an ode to technology, for some it’s a piece of s***, other people it moves deeply, it depends on who you ask.’