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« on: October 16, 2010, 05:12:38 PM »

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Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique whereby each film frame is captured at a rate much slower than it will be played back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. Time-lapse photography can be considered to be the opposite of high speed photography.

Although these timelapses are nothing new, there has been a new big trend around them lately, probably because of all these amateur filmmakers fooling around with still cameras (remember my old topic about HD-DSLR? http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=8735.0 ) and all the new gear that was release (motorized dolly and cranes that can be used for timelapses).
Anyway, I gave it a couple shots with my phone since I've got an application on it that makes it very simple, and I thought: why not sharing it here. The videos I'm going to show you were both shot, edited and graded on my phone, which is a main part of their fun (to me). i'll probably keep practicing since they're pretty easy to do and unlink most video projects, it's totally NOT time consuming: I always have my phone in my pocket, I can do anything while I'm shooting, and I can edit and grade them anytime anywhere (in the subway, while waiting for someone in the street).

My first try:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=463385806773

Very short, since someone called me while I was shooting it. Yeah, that's the trouble with these highly multifunction smartphones: sometimes, people actually try to use them as a phone.

Second try: I shot it while I was stuck in traffic jam. I never hold the phone/camera while driving, but each time the angle changes, it's because the phone/camera fell. I ended up sticking it to the wheel, where it stayed longer than anywhere else.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=475804651773

Feedback highly appreciated Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2010, 07:53:00 PM »

So are these stills strung together?

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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2010, 04:26:07 AM »

Strung?

If I get your question correctly, the answer is yes Smiley
That's the way they do most of the huge speed up you see in movies. For instance, this one, from Zodiac http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYuo1YSQyFE (of course the Transamerica Pyramid is CGI).
So far, Phillip Bloom, "THE" HD-DSLR guy, did most of the best timelapses that were released on the web recently http://vimeo.com/8951807

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2010, 06:55:12 AM »

I did something similar but in reverse.

I got a new Sony cybershot camera, that takes videos but the new format is MP4 the older one I had took them in MP3, with the old one I was able to edit and trim etc with the programs I had. With the MP4 I can't use the old program, so I'm currently stuck with un-editable video. So what I did was take a video of a kiss and to edit it just captured 10 stills from it added a title and then restrung them together into a video:

result is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3XtZQZfI98

I could vary the length of the stills so the result is more slomo than sped up.

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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2010, 07:16:24 AM »

Cool  Afro Noodles_leone, a few questions: what were the settings you used? I mean frame rate and exposure time? And why the unusual aspect ration? And what did you do in "post"?

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2010, 12:45:49 PM »

Here's one I did in the Theatre I work in these days. Obviously there wasn't much "directing" involved, but it was my idea to do the thing at all/where to place the camera, so I gave myself the director credit. Shot it at one frame every twenty seconds, ramping it up to 1 per second towards the end. I also altered the speed during editing, which was done on not very good Windows Movie Maker software, which doesn't get along great with stills, hence the annoying glitches now and then...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H_NLjvUM8I

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2010, 02:11:36 PM »

Cool! Afro

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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2010, 03:44:04 AM »

Cool, guys!

MS: i took a frame every second on both videos, and I think I selected a framerate of 25fps on both. Not sure about the first one though (may be 18fps). The consequence of the fps you chose is of course the fluidity of the video. Juan Miranda's video has a pretty long time between shots (which speeds up the video a lot) but a slow average framerate (you can distinctly see every frame).
About the unusual ratio, well, on the first one ("hungarian sky", I think), it was because I saw it more as a "moving painting" than a video. So I took the pics in this sens and  kept that on the video. The second video was a bit different, I was in my car and had to find spots where I could keep the camera steady. It was just easier that way Wink It turned out good, because in traffic jam, there aren't that many things to see in a wide frame. Getting a part of my car, the car in front of me and the sky was the best option. At the end of the video, the phone/cam is stuck on my wheel, and if I had put it in another sens, 1) it would have fell 2) we would only see inside the car, which has little interest. Last but not least, I like the fact that the ratio is unusual, it gives a little more originality in the composition of these basic videos.

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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2010, 04:15:53 AM »

Cool Smiley How long was your "shutter open" (I know it's digital, but still) with each frame? I'd imagine that to make a big difference.

You're not going to make me change over to iPhone, though Cheesy I need my phone to be a hammer rather than a computer.

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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010, 04:21:11 AM »

The shutter speed changes the look of each still (the quicker it is, the darker but sharper the stills will be; the slowest it is, the brighter the stills will be, but the moving elements will be blured).
Since it was just an iPhone (which is a pretty good hammer: it fell so many times during these timelapses... Everytime the frame changes in the second video corresponds to an iPhone on the ground of the car), it was all set to auto. I cannot do anything about that. With a real camera, such as my DSLR, you can select anything you want. Which is why Phillip Bloom's timelapses look awesome Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2010, 09:55:19 AM »

Looks pretty cool Noodles. Afro

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