Can the HV20 do iMovie time lapse?

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  1. slffl macrumors 65816

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    I'm wondering if it's possible to use iMovies' time lapse feature with the HV20? Or any other program that does time lapse.

    I really miss Canon's Remote Capture with my old S500 camera. I made some great time lapse movies with that.
     
  2. bkvideography macrumors member

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    iMovie works with the isight, dv, and hdv format...if your camera falls under one of those formats, I don't see why it wouldn't work...
     
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  4. slffl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well a co-worker just picked one up so I was able to try it out myself. Works like a charm! Was up and doing time-lapse movies in, oh about 30 seconds!
     
  5. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    HV20 Doesn't Have Time Lapse

    Please explain what you mean. Are you saying the HV20 has a time lapse feature in it? I have the manual and it doesn't show that capability anywhere. So what are you trying to tell us?

    Please reply like we are 6 years old. Thank you.
     
  6. slffl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well you hook up the camera to a mac via firewire.

    Then in iMovie you click on the camera icon, the one right next to the scissor icon.

    A menu will appear with the name of the camera and an option the says 'Time Lapse'. You click that and it gives you the option to 'Capture X frames for every X frames of video'.

    Now, when you start recording, it will only save X frame for every X frames of video. Now when you play it back in iMovie, the clip is a classic timelapse. IMO this is much easier than using a still camera.

    Oh, and no the HV20 doesn't have a time lapse feature built in. But it is compatible with iMovie as far as capturing video directly from the camera, which is what I was wondering about.
     
  7. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Does iMovie Time Lapse Work In A HDV 1080i60 Project?

    Did you do that in HDV 1080i60 mode?
     
  8. slffl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That is the mode I happen to do it in. I didn't get a chance to try out 24p or any other mode.

    Edit: Well wait, maybe I did it in 1080i30 mode. That's what it's showing at the top of iMovie. Sorry, I only had about 10 min. with it.
     
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    Thanks For The iMovie Slow Mo Tip

    Thanks for that tip. I didn't know iMovie had that feature. Good reason for a mobile Mac in the field. Sony HC7 doesn't have that feature either.
     
  10. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Can you do this live, like just hook your camera up to the mac and have it record live like 1 frame every 10 seconds, or does it only do it when you're importing a tape? I don't have my camera here at school so I can't try this out.
     
  11. slffl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    From what it looked like, I was doing it live. You could also probably do it from a tape. I'm sure it depends on what the camera is set to. If you have it on 'camera', it does it live. If you have it on 'Play/VCR' it does it from the tape.
     
  12. MacDann macrumors 6502a

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    You can also use a nice app called iStopMotion for time lapse and stop-motion photography with any iMovie compatible camera.

    MacWorld has a good tutorial on how to set up a camera to do stop motion or time lapse photography - you can find it here.

    MD
     

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