Speeding up a movie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by thundercutter, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. thundercutter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2007
    I have a 10 hour video that I want to compress into a minute, speeding up the playback, like they do with nature films (you know when they show flowers opening etc..)

    What would I need to do this or what is the proccess called?

    I hope its clear what I am trying to do... please take into consideration that I don't have Final cut xpress or pro..

  2. thundercutter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2007
    found out that the term I was looking for was Time Elapse Video... anyone know how to make a 10 hour video into one??
  3. cooknwitha macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2005
    10 hours into a minute?! Woah! Even uploading all that onto a computer with the equipment you have would be tedious.

    Well, as tedious as this sounds, given what you have you could use good 'o maths!

    If you're on NTSC, you're wanting about 1800 frames.
    If you're on PAL, you're wanting about 1500 frames.

    So, what you're wanting is about one frame from your original footage every 20 seconds (NTSC) or 24 seconds (PAL). Snipping a frame at a time, pasting it all together and you'll have the same result a timelapse camera would give you. If it were me, I'd set aside a month to do it to avoid going insane.

    I'm no expert on these issues but seeing as no-one else has offered a suggestion, I thought I'd at least try. For your sake, I hope there's an easier way of doing it.
  4. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    You might want to shoot on digital cameras, instead of video. Arrange the frames into any apps that can playback in realtime, like Quicktime Player, After Effects, etc.

    I bought these digital intervalometers a while back and they still work on my Nikon digital.

  5. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    In Final Cut express you can slow a video down.
    From 10 hours to 1 minute, I'm not sure.

    I've used that feature for copying 8mm film to video.
  6. Britanium macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2007
    This may work for you, although you will lose most of the frames...

    You can do it in QuickTime Pro.

    Export: Movie to Image Sequence
    Format: QuickTime Image
    Frames per second: you'll have to figure this one out - perhaps .05

    Then: Open Image Sequence, and save as a .mov or whatever file type you would like

    good luck :)
  7. thundercutter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2007
    Thanks alot, that does the trick perfect.. Good job I didn't need sound.. But this is great.

    Thanks again

  8. Britanium macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2007

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