On Monday, film students Thomas Pocksteiner and Peter Jablonowski posted a three-minute video of Austria to YouTube. They didn’t even promote it, but by Tuesday it already had over 650,000 views. Here’s how they created something so amazing:

1. Obsess over just a few seconds of video

The duo moved their camera 150 times to get this shot. Between filming the shot, and then editing (grading the video, stabilizing), they dedicated four hours to what would be only three seconds. That was roughly the ratio for them, shoot for an hour to get a second of video. (For example, they shot for three hours to get the three seconds of the sun rising at the 15-second mark.)

The footage was gathered over two years. In 2012, the film students at the St. Polten University of Applied Sciences shot a video of their home town, Vienna. They started getting requests to license the footage, and realized they should start a company.

Some of the clips in this video were originally shot for the Austrian Tourism Agency. Others were shot for documentaries or just for fun.

2. Be patient

At times the guys waited four or five hours in the mountains until the clouds cleared so that they could get the footage that would be turned into just a couple seconds of video.

“Some people can’t understand how we can stay for three or four hours at one place looking at the sun or something, but this is our job, and we love to do it,” Jablonowski said. “We love to look at the final clips that we get.”

3. Adjusting colors can make for amazing effects 

Pocksteiner called this his favorite shot. They were filming in front of green lanterns, which were projecting green light onto the snow as the moon rose. In post-production, they adjusted the white balance to make the snow appear white, which also made the light on the water appear purple.

4. Be original

They made a point of not playing music over the video, a technique they believe has gotten boring. Instead they opted for sound effects, such as a light switch flipping on as the moon rises or yodeling during a mountain shot. During a shot of the stars, they included the voice of Felix Baumgartner, who made an infamous free fall from the edge of space.

To get these timelapse shots they generally programmed their camera to take a photo every four to 10 seconds. The video is then played using 25 photos or frames per second. They edited using Adobe Lightroom, After Effects and Premiere.

Jablonowski, 22, and Pocksteiner, 23, will graduate from school in a year.