12 Replies Latest reply on Mar 20, 2008 12:42 PM by jimmy@access.se

    Cam for time laps shot?

    jimmy@access.se Level 1
      Hi! I'm doing a scene there I need to capture nine hours of video to do a time laps sequence. My first idea was to use a consumer dv-cam and a laptop and capture say one frame every second. Unfortanly my camera have this power saving future so it turn itself off even when running on the adapter. Is there another way to do this? Is there digital cameras that have this option?

      /Jimmy
        • 1. Re: Cam for time laps shot?
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
          I don't think you will have any luck with anything "consumer" for this type of stuff. I'm only aware that certain higher end SLR photo cameras from Nikon and Canon can be remotely controlled to make shots at regular intervals and dump to external disks directly, but at their price point you could certainly get a professional video camera with this feature as well. I remeber some Panasonic P2 cams supposedly doing this and certainly all competitors have similar offerings somewhere, but I'm not able to give more concrete advise. I would more look into photographers' forums. I'm reasonably certain that some clever guy has made this work with an 80 Euro Powershot cam plugged to a laptop via USB...

          Mylenium
          • 2. Re: Cam for time laps shot?
            Level 1
            Yep, I've done it with the canon 20D and 5D plus a $100 timer remote. I've had problems if the amount of light in the scene changed drastically, though.
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              Andrew Yoole MVP & Adobe Community Professional
              These guys have a piece of Windows software for 79 bucks that is specifically designed to work with most Canon consumer cameras.

              http://www.granitebaysoftware.com/CamerasSupported.aspx
              • 4. Re: Cam for time laps shot?
                jimmy@access.se Level 1
                Thanks for all the tips! Invisiblerabbit, did you see the GBDeflicker program (www.granitebaysoftware.com) that stabilize flicker. Maybe thats possible to do inside AE in some way? The "$100 timer remote" - is that a hardware thing?

                I have a Nikon D70 that maybe could be controlled by some sort of software. To bad that GBTimelapse only support Canon cameras.

                Regards / Jimmy
                • 5. Re: Cam for time laps shot?
                  There used to be a freeware called DV Timelapse out there.
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                    bogiesan-gyyClL Level 3
                    There is no good way to use a video camera to do time lapse.

                    http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/time_lapse_article/time_lapse.html
                    http://www.gethincoles.com/
                    http://www.creativepro.com/story/howto/24670.html
                    http://www.haworth-village.org.uk/nature/time-lapse/thumbs.asp
                    http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/macosxhints/2006/07/timelapsemov/index.php
                    http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2005/05/18/timelapse.html
                    http://www.timelapsedigital.com/

                    bogiesan
                    • 7. Re: Cam for time laps shot?
                      jimmy@access.se Level 1
                      Hi David! My hope is that I could find a video camera that record timelapse to hard drive or memory card. I assume that you meen that the roll back of the tape is the problem... or?

                      Regards / Jimmy
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                        Navarro Parker Level 3
                        The Sony EX1 has tons of great time lapse functionality. Since it's solid state based, there's no tape wear.

                        Here are some great examples:http://jamiebaughman.com/?p=12
                        • 9. Re: Cam for time laps shot?
                          Level 1
                          The timer remote is a hardware device.

                          http://www.amazon.com/Canon-TC80N3-Remote-Control-Cameras/dp/B00009XVA3

                          That deflicker program looks interesting. I wonder how it would do stabilizing adjacent frames that are 1/3 stop apart in exposure.
                          • 10. Re: Cam for time laps shot?
                            jimmy@access.se Level 1
                            Just did a test with Animator DV and my Sony HVR-Z1E and it worked really great. Only drawback is that I have to bring my laptop. Not a big problem this time since it's indoor.

                            Just found out that Nikan don't do any timer-remot-controls for D70. that's a shame.

                            /Jimmy
                            • 11. Re: Cam for time laps shot?
                              bogiesan-gyyClL Level 3
                              > Hi David! My hope is that I could find a video camera that record timelapse to hard drive or memory card. I assume that you meen that the roll back of the tape is the problem... or?

                              What tools you use and how well you attempt to control the shooting depend on your needs, of course.

                              Time lapse and time compression are not really the same things. You can roll 9 hours of tape, capture it, and do a speed adjust in AE or almost any NLE. Auto-focus and auto-exposure are the main failures with time compression and poor executed attempts to do time lapse.

                              "Time lapse" is a term usually applied to a more complex project, carefully planned, controlled, and executed.

                              bogiesan
                              • 12. Re: Cam for time laps shot?
                                jimmy@access.se Level 1
                                Yes, I want to do "Time lapse" (take one frame every 10th second). I'm not going to record 9 hours of tape and then compress it in time.

                                Why is it not possible to get a good result with a hard disk based video camera if I set it to record a frame every 10th second? As I said, my plan is not to use tape.

                                What do you meen by "more complex project, carefully planned, controlled, and executed"?

                                By the way, the Animator DV that I now use with my HD camera is free. There is a pro version but I think it's about $2500. Not exactly my budget right now.

                                /Jimmy