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Will Luker
How do you Handle Time Lapse File / Folder Naming and Organization?
on May 16, 2018 at 10:25:51 pm

We have a small video team that shoots mainly b-roll footage for our internal companies to use. We are in the final stages of solidifying a timelapse / hyperlapse workflow, and I need some feedback from the pros who've been there, done that.

  • When you offload your images, where do you save them? What do you name the folder?

  • If you shoot multiple sequences on the same card, at what point do you split them?

  • Do you rename your files? Do you do it before or after processing with LRTimelapse?

  • What is your file naming convention?

  • When you export a high-quality master prores, do you find yourself going back to edit the RAW images?

  • Do you export from LRTimelapse or use something like Adobe After Effects?

  • I'm thinking of naming based on subject matter, with an \Image Sequence\RAW Original\Card 01, 02, etc and \Image Sequence\Processed Sequence\Sequence 1\ etc subfolders.


  • Pardon my noobish questions, but I'm new to time lapse and want to make sure we are doing things in a smart way so we don't waste a lot of time and energy doing things that don't matter.

    If you could go back in time and change anything about your time lapse workflow, what would it be?

    Are there any other tools (free or paid) that make life easier?


    I have the LRTimelapse book, and we have the pro version of the plugin.


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    Dave LaRonde
    Re: How do you Handle Time Lapse File / Folder Naming and Organization?
    on May 19, 2018 at 2:00:09 am

    Time lapse is pretty easy. It's just a matter of frames across time. It's arithmetic.

    Hyperlapse isa bit more difficult. It's frames across time combined with motion! Do your homework.

    Dave LaRonde
    Promotion Producer
    KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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