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Brianna Pope
Creating a Time-Lapse Effect
on Nov 2, 2009 at 11:25:14 pm

Are there commonly-used techniques for creating a time-lapse video in FCP other than just speeding up a clip? I'm making a 1.5 minute video out of 3 hours of footage. Thanks for any feedback.


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Zane Barker
Re: Creating a Time-Lapse Effect
on Nov 3, 2009 at 1:15:19 am

The best time laps technique is actialy to not aquire via video. The best way to do time laps is with a DSLR camera on manual settings with a timer remote attached. The timer remote let's you set how often you want a picture taken for example once a minute or once every 30 seconds. You then take the picture files and you combine them into an image sequence on the computer.



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Bret Williams
Re: Creating a Time-Lapse Effect
on Nov 3, 2009 at 5:40:28 am

And the result is 4k!


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Roy Schneider
Re: Creating a Time-Lapse Effect
on Nov 3, 2009 at 4:05:54 pm

That being said if you already have the footage and don't speed up. take 1 frame every 20 seconds or so, you just have to do the math.
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Brianna Pope
Re: Creating a Time-Lapse Effect
on Nov 3, 2009 at 7:08:46 pm

Thank you for the helpful feedback, everyone. Yes, I already have the footage. So, from what you're saying, Roy, I will take one freeze frame every 20 seconds or so, then string those together. Correct? Gee, this won't be tedious at all. But, unless there is some plug-in I don't know about, it seems like the only way.


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Hans Kellner
Re: Creating a Time-Lapse Effect
on Nov 3, 2009 at 7:13:20 pm

I've posted the steps and formula here:

http://www.hanskellner.com/archives/2006/06/06/time_lapse_formula.html


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Brianna Pope
Re: Creating a Time-Lapse Effect
on Nov 10, 2009 at 7:34:37 pm

Thank you! Working on it right now...


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