Following some very helpful posts from Bill Hunt, I was able to create a time lapse sequence that I was happy with (a 17 hour, 6K+ pic monster - https://vimeo.com/home#/home/myvideos). Now that I have a good process in place, I want to move to the next level and add pan & zoom effects for future videos. I have not used pan and zoom before so read through the forums and watched a bunch of tutorial videos. But they all seem to focus on photo slide shows where the pan/zoom is issolated to a single photo.
My question is how do I apply a seamless pan and zoom effect across hundreds or even thousands of 1-2 frame photos (like pretty much every professional time lapse vids out there). Doing this manually for each photo is clearly not an option. I have not seen a specific setting so I assume I have to trick the program somehow. Is there a work around that keeps the photo structure intact? Or has anyone been successful in outputting a time lapse video and then using that video as the single source file where markers and motion can be applied?
Thanks in advance!
Considering the short Duration in a Time Lapse Video, I would explore a workflow, like this:
For some additional discussion on intermediate files, see this article: http://forums.adobe.com/message/4556586#4556586
If you have not worked with Keyframes, Steve Grisetti has some great Learning Series tutorials on Basic Keyframing, on the Muvipix.com Web site. I recommend those highly, and every moment spent learning about Keyframing, will pay dividends, as they can be used with many more Effects, than those two Motion Effects - most Effects can be Keyframed over time.
Good luck, and please let us know if that workflow works for you.
Bill, I will definately test with a small file first. I am using 5MB photos from a GoPro as the source files for the time lapse. I did not understand a lot of the intermediate file discussion (went over my head). Is there a preset I can use in AE10 that you recommend? My output video will be a 1920x1080 file in WMV format (compatible with my Control4 video distribution network). Any advice on the correct output setting would be helpful as I often struggle with AE's auto output presets.
For the intermediate files, I use the Lagarith, or the UT Lossless CODEC. Both are free, install easily, and are visually lossless, though there is a bit of compression. The files are large, but that is due to them being visually lossless, unlike most compression schemes. To create those, after one has downloaded and installed the free CODEC's, you would just choose MS AVI, and from the Compression drop-down, the Lagarith, or the UT. Then, those files can be Imported into a New Project w/ specs. to match what you had. PrE will be able to use the CODEC, and you will not loose any quality.
For your distribution, I would go with the highest Bit-Rate of WMV. As WMV's take some processing horsepower, Exporting to that format WILL take a bit of extra time, but if that is the ideal format for your delivery, just start it, and go have dinner.
Here is the video I created using Bill's recomendations - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFz5y7TQneI (P&Z Time Lapse @1:50)
I used Lagarith for the intermediate file and the quality held up pretty well. My only complaint is that PE crops the video automatically; to 1920x1080 in my case. So the photos in the time lapse are zoomed portions of a much wider shot. I would have preferred to anchor the crop up higher or have the option to zoom out, but it is what it is. PE is clearly not set up for time lapse, which is a shame. You should be able to batch edit photos, which would be a pretty easy function to add and would eliminate the need for the intermediate file.
Regarding bitrate on the WMV files, it appears the max bitrate is 10,000. I have always done my output in WMV and I looked at old videos, which have bitrates in the 15,000-20,000 range. Can anyone confirm that PE has set a maximum bitrate at 10,000 and there is no way to bypass?
Thanks all and Hapy New Year!