Time Lapse question

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User0072362798 Forum Member • Posts: 64
Time Lapse question

A time lapse sequence of clouds that I compiled moves to quickly. How do I slow things down ... by changing the time interval  setting  between shots ... or by changing the frames per second rate when compiling?

Thanks in advance

Mystic38 Regular Member • Posts: 221
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User0072362798 wrote:

A time lapse sequence of clouds that I compiled moves to quickly. How do I slow things down ... by changing the time interval setting between shots ... or by changing the frames per second rate when compiling?

Thanks in advance

one suggestion is to load the existing sequence into some video editing software and slow down the play speed, or put the frames in at different time locations (kinda like pick and place).

changing the time interval between shots with an intervalometer may work, but if the camera is used to make a time lapse video it may, or may not, honor the original timing of when the photos were taken.

suggest to experiment, and also search youtube for ideas

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A time lapse sequence of clouds that I compiled moves to quickly. How do I slow things down ... by changing the time interval setting between shots ... or by changing the frames per second rate when compiling?

Thanks in advance

I would go with shorter time intervals between frames.

It will slow things down and make things look smoother and more natural.

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User0072362798 wrote:

A time lapse sequence of clouds that I compiled moves to quickly. How do I slow things down ... by changing the time interval setting between shots ... or by changing the frames per second rate when compiling?

Thanks in advance

Since you already took the photos (frames), change the frame rate to a slower setting.

It takes a while to get the feel for making good TL video. Play around with different intervals between shots and different frame rates when compiling. Eventually you will find a system that works for you.

If you have decent video editing software like iMovie, you can slow videos down. Just load the TL video you created into the app and change the playback settings.

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1DSmII Contributing Member • Posts: 612
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kiwi2 wrote:

User0072362798 wrote:

A time lapse sequence of clouds that I compiled moves to quickly. How do I slow things down ... by changing the time interval setting between shots ... or by changing the frames per second rate when compiling?

Thanks in advance

I would go with shorter time intervals between frames.

This, and also try to get shorter exposures.

The smoothest daytime timelapse I've done had to be shot in jpeg because with RAW the camera's buffer filled up. I was aiming for 1 or 2 second exposures, but the old 1Ds MkII couldn't cope. One exposure per second or even less is best IME.

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Secondphase Forum Member • Posts: 70
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User0072362798 wrote:

A time lapse sequence of clouds that I compiled moves to quickly. How do I slow things down ... by changing the time interval setting between shots ... or by changing the frames per second rate when compiling?

Thanks in advance

A couple of suggestions:

For smoother playback, plan your lapse for 30 fps rather than 24. You should watch the clouds for a minute or so to see how fast, or slow, they are moving. If they seem to be going pretty fast, an interval of 2 seconds can be enough. For slower moving clouds, you could try 4-6 seconds. Again, 30 fps will look much smoother than 24. Just my opinion, but I wouldn't be too concerned about how fast the shutter speed is. I've never found fast shutter speeds to be a problem. There are a lot of "experts" on YouTube who will tell you that it's necessary to "drag the shutter" meaning shutter speeds of 1/8 second or more. If you are at 24 fps, that might be a good idea. At 30fps it's not necessary.

Hope this helps.

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