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Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by rweakins, May 3, 2007.
anyone have any tips???
most time lapse stuff is done with still cameras (events that take a long time, say construction of a building, or the moon passing across the sky take hours or months, so thats an awful lot of video to shoot. where as setting a camera to snap a pic once an hour, day or week, is much easier and obviously wouldnt require tons of tape) you snap a series of photos, then make a folder with all of them in order, and can open them in quicktime as an "image sequence" - set the frame rate and then export out to a video format.
My tips to you: If you're using a video camera, don't touch it once you've started. Don't even walk near it. Vibrations will shake the camera.
If you're using a still camera, get a cable release. You don't want to have to touch the camera to take a shot. Also, tripods, or a very stable surface, are pretty much required for both cases.
Using a DSLR
I have a Canon EOS 20D and i can use the supplied software (EOS Capture) to get the camera to take a photo at regular intervals, via USB control, and save it directly to the computers hard drive.
Obviously if you are doing shots over a very long timeframe, you may need to change the battery, or alternatively i have 240V (I'm in Australia) wall socket adapter, which powers the camera straight from the mains.
If using a video camera be prepared to use a heck of a lot of tape, or tapes.
No EOS Capture for all Canon SLR ???
I have a brand new Canon EOS 400D and there's no "EOS Capture" provided, just some "EOS Utility" that does not seem to allow time lapse photography. It makes me sad ! Where can I find EOS Capture ?
i do the good ol fashoned, leave the camera on till the tape runs out, then speed it up in fce. if youre going to use this method, i suggest using a tape only for time lapses, just incase any artifacts are left.
This only works for 60min lapses at a time.
Having to change the tape, capture the entire 60mins, just to speed it up to, say, 1 minute for the entire hour, is alot of work.
I just did a 14 hour timelapse of a corporate show ballroom setup using my Canon Digital Rebel and the Canon RemoteCapture program on my Powerbook. I now have a spectacular, full HD movie of the entire setup!
My biggest tip, no matter what camera you use is SET EVERYTHING TO MANUAL: Focus, white balance, exposure (shutter speed/aperature on a still cam), and gain. If you don't, your camera will auto adjust for each and every frame, causing brightness/color shifts as things move around. And that is very distracting in the final movie.
really? I thought it was a good thing that it would autofocus and auto adjust I just set my rebel st to do a time lapse of a flower its only going to be for 48 hours and it a in p mode we ll see how it goes
I have done a couple time lapse movies and I use a firewire camcorder hooked up to my mac. I use iMovie6 and set it to capture frames at set times. I also just got a Nikon D300 that will let me take pictures at a certain time interval. Check out www.599productions.com for a couple cool time lapse videos.
EOS Utility works perfect.
Are those your videos? There is some very artistic stuff there. Very impressive.
Those are amazing, I love the dramatic music also. Brilliant!!
I did not do the videos but I wish I had.
This place in my signature www.stevenpriceproductions.com offers video tutorials on two different types of timelapse (with actor, without actor). worth checking out.
i just finished the time lapse i did about a flower, here is a link to it, tell me what you guys think.