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How To Shoot Time-Lapse Video

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You know time-lapse video creates beautiful effects - it can make events unfold at a faster rate than what the human eye usually observes. This video strategy is mostly used in wildlife documentaries, movies and commercials using high-tech cameras and editing software. Many affordable camcorders now have built-in time-lapsing functions, you may create your own interesting videos. How To Shoot Time-Lapse Video

I've tried doing time-lapse videos for some time, so I thought I'd share many ways and tricks together with you here.

Prior to starting recording your time-lapse video, you have to choose a subject. The right subjects to shoot include daily traffic, a sunrise or waves for the beach. You can basically shoot anything which you think will look good in case you capture movements over time. I love to shoot cityscapes and possess the sky time-lapsed - seeing the clouds and sky change color over time is really mesmerizing.

OK, when shooting time-lapse video, you will also need to decide what method you'll use. There are two key methods:

 Record at normal speeds. You'll be able to record the video at a normal speed and speed it up later using video editing software. I know this as the "post-production" approach. When you need flexibility, I suggest you opt for this method. You can control the velocity as you edit it and ultimately end up with a better quality production. I suggest you get a full software like Corel VideoStudio or Adobe Premiere Elements to help you with time-lapse effects which you add post-production. Sure, shiny things cost a bit of money, but are going to worth the while in the long term. GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition time lapse

 Time-lapse recording. The other method of creating such videos is to make use of your camera. Many cameras are in possession of built-in features which support this. It really is simpler as you simply need to set up your kit, and after that press shoot. It instantly records it you want and tends to take up less recollection in your camera.

Now, whichever method you use, you should know there are some specific steps to adhere to to get a good quality production.

The first step: Mounting Your Camera
The digital camera needs to be steady through the capturing process therefore it is important to place the camera with a stable surface. You should utilize a tripod to set up you before starting the recording process.

Just in case you really do not possess a tripod available, you can use a firm surface just like a sandbag. Make sure that the camera or object it is being put on does not move or fall over in the shooting process.

Step 2: Focus And Exposure
Usually, videographers leave the digital camera unattended during time-lapse shots. If you're doing the same, setting the main objective before you start shooting a very good idea. Decide whether you wish to you use automatic or manual focus to the video.

If the object you happen to be recording tends to move closer or farther from the camera, you may need to utilize auto focus option. However, in the event the subject is going to stay at the same distance throughout the recording time, you'll be able to manually set and lock the target settings.

Also, to get the right exposure, setting a car iris is suitable when you are planning to leave the camera unattended throughout the shoot. However, I have found that sometimes this leads to poor picture quality. If you possibly could, use a manual iris setting to make sure you're going to get the right light and exposure on your video.

Step 3: Amount of The Recording
The use of the recording is dependent on the amount of the event you are capturing. You will need lots of in-built or expanded memory cards in your camera for the job. Modern cameras come furnished with plenty of record time inside their memory disks.

It is essential, I repeat, absolutely vital - to test your memory availability prior to starting recording the video. The complete video takes up a tremendous chunk of space on memory cards, so ensure your camera does not run out of memory.

I once had a video where I ran from memory in the middle of the shoot and you know what? It was just a couple of minutes before sunrise! That basically spoilt the whole recording. So before you decide to shoot, make sure you look at the memory cards and clean them to free up space if needed.

Wrapping Up
I hope above will give you some good insight into shooting time-lapse video. These videos are look fabulous and are great for sharing with friends or uploading to YouTube. Initially, it can be daunting and may take a couple of tries prior to deciding to master the craft - but it is really a breeze when you master it.


Posted Sep 07, 2015 at 9:48am