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Time Lapse Test In Final Cut Pro With No External Plug-Ins

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Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011

I wanted to try to get some experience with time lapse. So I did an in camera time lapse on the Nikon D300 in thirty-second intervals at two separate locations. Then put it in Final Cut Pro 7 to see if it would look good without any external plug-ins.

One at my house out my window. If you notice lines in the shot that is the window screen because I couldn't take it off. I tried first at night to get a feel for it for a half hour. Then I noticed that I need to be constantly watching the settings and it works best when I kept everything manual. Now I've heard it both ways that you can do progressive but as the lighting changes so does your focal point so you could be going in and out of focus on each shot. So to avoid confusion and headache I just kept it manual but feel free to play around with it.

When I was done at my house I set up the camera in the window at my work on an overcast day so that I could walk away from the camera more and not have to worry about it as much. and did the same thirty-second interval shots for around 280 shots. Then in Final Cut Pro I went to the user settings, Editor, Still/Image and I set the time code to '00:00:00;02' because anything more than that and it will look to choppy even more than in the video. I imported the folder with all of the shots and took out the fat on the ends and put a dissolve in between each clip. Now I mean EVERY clip/photo that was taken. Not it is really annoying on those longer ones but this is just for those clips long enough to ALMOST drive you insane but again this is the harder/cheeper way than buying an external plug-in for time lapse shots. Anyway, I hope this was enjoyable and it helped you.

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