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Time Lapse With Hi-Def

Published : 26th Sept. 2003

I am shooting a Hi-Def feature and we're planning on doing a lot of time-lapse. We have tested a couple of digital still cameras with using frame blending in post and have had some success.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Does anyone have any experience with this? The biggest problem I've found is the time it takes for a frame to write to memory. We've found software from both Canon and Nikon to run their cameras from a laptop but we had a hard time getting a consistent frame rate out of those.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Any information would be great.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Thanks

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Douglas Glover

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Douglas Glover writes :

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style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom: 0;">>I am shooting a Hi-Def feature and we're planning on doing a lot of time->lapse.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">The still camera route is quite often more trouble than its worth. A cinematic solution is to use an HD camera head and then pump the SD out to an AJA/CineWave/Boxx and use the really cool intervolometer in Adobe Premiere. Use it all the time. It's bullet proof.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Scott Billups - LA

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">>I am shooting a Hi-Def feature and we're planning on doing a lot of time->lapse.

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style="margin-top:0;">Been there, done that little camera thing...challenges are; need to find/make an adaptor to get the tiny screw threads to a BIG/solid head & sticks lack of flexible lenses, and very poor quality simple filters, like a ND grad's frame carefully as they are not 4.3 or 16.9, and frame wider than necessary as you will likely lose some image area after a stabilize filter is applied in post to sort out wobblies.

Like Scott, I would go with proven and reliable solutions unless you need the small size (or not so small once on top of a Ronford F7 & sticks tho...) did pull this off - in a place that camera's are strictly not allowed ( in a country where camera's are not allowed, and no not China...) we dropped a Cannon onto a sandbag (carefully) and sorta hung around for hours drinking tea while the sun went down am the lights came on - worked well enough, but not a first choice, or even a good choice really, just a last choice....

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Dermot Shane

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">We dropped a Cannon onto a sandbag (carefully) and sorta hung around for hours drinking tea while the sun went down and the lights came on

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">How were you controlling it?

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Blain Brown wrote :

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style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom: 0;">>How were you controlling it?

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Reached over ad went click...carefully...many times did say it was not a good answer...but having seen the inside of jail cell in Central Africa ( for having a ACL on my shoulder - I had the permits, but they were ripped up in front of my face as I was thrown in jail, and yes - that camera was a write off after I got out a few days later....) I really did not want to repeat the experience.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">But it had pissed me off enough that I was not going home with out the shot...even with the Camera in bits used DS|HD to stabilise & CC the frames, lost maybe 15% around the edges as the stabilise kicked in turned out OK, but if there was another way I would have used it, and I really should not have been there...do not think the Canadian embassy would have been so helpful the second time around.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Ta, from the land of post - where I get to stay at home and my daughter is so very happy about that.....

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Dermot Shane

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