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Time Lapse Photography
« on: February 14, 2013, 06:12:23 pm »
I have seen a few time lapse videos here on Wilddogs and I always thought they were incredibly cool. So yesterday I read up on it a bit, watched a few YouTube clips, and so today I gave it a shot.

Don’t laugh ok, it is my very first attempt, and the hardest thing was getting the flippen music added. I had to watch another few YouTube videos just to figure out how to work Movie Maker.  :eek7:

So, share your tips and your videos here!!


Here is my very first attempt!   :biggrin:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/2DIrS2TZQhc" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/2DIrS2TZQhc</a>

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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2013, 06:21:36 pm »
Very nice . You guys are talented . :thumleft:
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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2013, 09:39:41 pm »
Its a kinda magic. Thanks.
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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2013, 09:49:08 pm »
A couple of things I learned.

* I wont take it from the roof of my office building again.  :biggrin:
* I need a heavier, more sturdy tripod
* Will put a lot more effort and planning into the composition
* Need to get the settings right, it is all shot in manual mode, so need to get the aperture, shutter etc right
* I will need to use the correct lens for the shot
* I will need to change the file size of the photos to have a better quality video
* Need to find the right music
* Need to find a lekker program to make the actual video clip.

Hopefully the next one will be slightly better. I am not happy with this one....
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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2013, 10:52:27 pm »
I like it, want to try something similar with my GoPro. What I'd love to do is shoot a sunset or sunrise every morning for a full year and timelaps it, I recon that would make an interesting movie.
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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2013, 10:56:43 pm »
I like it, want to try something similar with my GoPro. What I'd love to do is shoot a sunset or sunrise every morning for a full year and timelaps it, I recon that would make an interesting movie.

Hehehe, that is a lot of commitment for a 15sec clip......  :ricky:

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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 06:20:02 am »
I like it, want to try something similar with my GoPro. What I'd love to do is shoot a sunset or sunrise every morning for a full year and timelaps it, I recon that would make an interesting movie.

Hehehe, that is a lot of commitment for a 15sec clip......  :ricky:

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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2013, 03:20:34 pm »
Ok, I tried another one, still not all that great.

This was at Karon Beach in Phuket, Thailand. I took another one at Patong Beach that is much better, I still need to add music to that one, so I will post it later in the week.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/h7V2_PY-Qjs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/h7V2_PY-Qjs</a>

« Last Edit: March 02, 2013, 03:27:48 pm by KnopKop »
 

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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2013, 11:51:14 pm »
Here is one I did late last year. I need to re-upload it cause it isn't available in HD on youtube, although I edited it in FHD. But you get the idea.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/hMgNmwu_Vvg" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/hMgNmwu_Vvg</a>
« Last Edit: March 02, 2013, 11:57:02 pm by Inprogress »
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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2013, 09:32:59 pm »
Bliksem......... Nice work!!!

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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2013, 10:28:19 pm »
Very nicely done :thumleft:
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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2013, 10:57:53 pm »
Timelapse is really fun. What I learned and hopefully it can help you:
- Get a feel for what you want to see in terms of movement, and how that translates into the number of pictures per X seconds. We and the majority of the world look at PAL footage (25 frames per second) - although internet broadcasting is kinda making that irrelavant - but I like 25fps. Knowing that you can start to get a feel for how many seconds you'll get, after how many minutes of shooting - or hours.

Some interesting stats:
 - Shooting a timelapse of the stars (haven't tried it, need some gear that I'm making) requires about 30 to 40 seconds per exposure - no pauses. Lets take 30s. That means if I start shooting at 6PM and stop at 6AM, I will have shot 1440 pictures. At 25fps - I will have a video of 57 seconds.

My timelapse, apart from the first day, I shot one picture every 10 seconds. I moved my camera about every two hours - no that was the 3rd day, moving the camera every about 2 hours. That is 720 pictures - or 28 seconds.

My point is, apart from composition, start to think in terms of the video, what it is you'll see and how you'll see it, i.e. cloud movement, people movement, etc. Another tip I got from G1_ was to shoot at full res, that way you can "create" interesting angles by merely using a part of the picture cause for FHD footage, you only need 1920x1080 pixels. Thus move that frame around your picture, "cutting out" different views without moving the camera. Obviously these aren't as dramatic as actually moving the camera - but sometimes you need to. I had to cause that song is surprisingly long and I didn't have that much footage cause I didn't really plan to make a video out of it.

Oh and in terms of video editor (although I just need to check for timelapse since I'm on the Pro version) - maybe look at Lightworks. It is a professional video editor - but they have a free version. It works differently to other video editors, so be warned - as for me, I learned it in 30 minutes and find it a lot easier that others I have tried, including Adobe Primiere. Whichever tool you use, I think you might want to look into a bit beefier video editor - Windows Movie Maker just frustrates me, but you could try it.

I'm getting long winded again. Have an awesome week guys and gals!  :thumleft:
« Last Edit: March 03, 2013, 11:03:34 pm by Inprogress »
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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2013, 12:42:06 pm »
Here is one I did late last year. I need to re-upload it cause it isn't available in HD on youtube, although I edited it in FHD. But you get the idea.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/hMgNmwu_Vvg" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/hMgNmwu_Vvg</a>

that was entertaining.

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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2013, 01:03:09 pm »
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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2013, 01:02:11 pm »
Ok, so here goes my attempt at Patong Beach. I is better than my pervious attempts, but no where near what Inprogress posted!!!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/R71YwIFHvx8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/R71YwIFHvx8</a>

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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2013, 01:03:58 pm »
Ok, so here goes my attempt at Patong Beach. I is better than my pervious attempts, but no where near what Inprogress posted!!!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/R71YwIFHvx8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/R71YwIFHvx8</a>

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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2013, 01:50:50 pm »
Ok, so here goes my attempt at Patong Beach. I is better than my pervious attempts, but no where near what Inprogress posted!!!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/R71YwIFHvx8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/R71YwIFHvx8</a>

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Video ain't working... "This video contains content from EMI, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."

Really?

That sucks, it works fine over here. It's the Smashing Pumpkins song, "Today"........

I will see what I can do....


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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2013, 04:37:06 pm »
Content blocking - mine is actually also blocked in some countries. At least I kept it as unlisted which I hopes means the blocking will be leneant - plus a rather old'sih song which I think helps.

This blocking thing is getting on my nerves - just means I'll use royalty free music from now on, or start working with local artists cause you can reach them easier, or rather I should say, start looking for the self distributed artists. I have a video which uses a song by Joe Purdy - contacted him, asked about using the song in the video which was purely for my educational purposes.

So this content blocking thing is an annoyance but a good thing as well cause now we video makers will start digging out the non-commercial artists - what I mean by non-commercial, those who aren't linked to big guys like EMI and Sony et al.

@ Knopkop - there are quite a few sites that have royaltee free music - some are completely free (which so far I found to be mostly synthesed music) and others ranging from a few $ to quite a couple of $$$. Royaltee Free just means you don't owe the artist money each time you play the song. But there also exist various levels of that - like buying the rights all out.

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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2013, 04:50:43 pm »
I will just remove the clip and change the music and upload it agian.

Its funny, cause I used Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Breaking Benjamin and Heuwels Fantasies without any issues...

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Re: Time Lapse Photography
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2013, 09:02:50 pm »
I will just remove the clip and change the music and upload it agian.

Its funny, cause I used Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Breaking Benjamin and Heuwels Fantasies without any issues...

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