Time-Lapse Example

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Chrome
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I thought members here might like to see one of our recent time-lapse videos done at the beginning of December. Megalith is offering this service to businesses as part of our portfolio, it certainly helps them to illustrate just how much activity by so many people is needed to make an event like this a success. The original one is hi-def so is of course far higher quality than this one on YouTube, but it's a reasonable example of the kind of work. In the original you can tell it's Tess Daly on the stage.

The finished version of this one was shot from two different Nikon D2X cameras to cover the whole room and event. The activity was recorded over three days and nights with between a 50 second and 90 second delay (varied), as well as the event itself just at the end.

Watch closely and you will see the point where the 'dumb-cluck' who was doing the drapes placed some of it in front of the camera, despite being asked/warned around 5 times before she did it! Luckily my assistant spotted it before too much damage was done... well, I'm told it's the last time they will get that contract; perhaps they might listen to the clients other suppliers next time! :rolleyes:

branny
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Despite the low def it looks great quality. Loved the passing shadows and a shame about the dumb cluck curtain mover. Good for business all the same.

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Dave R Smith
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Nice one Chrome,

It's good to see how a mundane operation can become interesting with timelapse.

How about some fast Chaplin style piano music in the b/g.

I bought my sister a Ricoh R6 compact stills camera for xmas - selected for it's 7* zoom, rather than 3* in most of it's type.
Reading the manual over xmas (yes I lead an exciting life:rolleyes: ), I noticed it had time- lapse amongst it's features, though haven't had chance to test it.
Also had ability to hold shutter down and on release it would store the preceding 2 seconds as 16 images - I guess this buffer is for likes of animal popping out of hole without precise warning.

HallmarkProductions
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It is interesting to see that you are using a digital SLR for timelapse. How do you get on re extended power, and, changes in temeperature, plus security, if the project is outside? have you managed to make/buy a secure housing for the camera?
Chris

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Chrome
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Hi Chaps, Thanks for the comments...

Chris... working from mains power most of the time, but have a 'solar charger' solution for batteries and switching device in development for the future.

Most of our work is currently indoors (or semi-indoor), so changes of temperature are not really a big issue yet.

I have sourced an outside casing firm who have briefly discussed building me custom secure housings and we have taken into consideration temperature and security, however this requirement will be project driven, meaning we will build it when the relevant project requires it. Yes putting about 3 grands worth of camera in each location IS a security concern, but one I pass on to the client. :)

HallmarkProductions
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Hi,
We have done quite a few timelapse projects as you probably know, and use special cameras for the purpose - currently, we have 8 systems up and running. We are working very closely with the manufacturers to develop the camera for our industry needs, including improving lenses and overall resolution. Some of our stuff is in very remote locations, over months (even years) rather than days/hours, and expensive SLRs may not last long at all. Temperature control can be an issue, so be careful of that potential pitfall. When you design your casing, take a leaf from the security industry - many include a small heater which will keep the temperature fairly constant, though it is not necessary with all. of course, SLRs will give excellent quality, but with the inherent risks of security and also malfunction - no remote monitoring and CF cards have to be changed regularly.

Off-board it might be an idea to have a chat so that we can both benefit - feel free to give me a call if you think it will be useful for both of us.

Chris

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Chrome
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Hi Chris, Yes the ones we have done do tend to be days/hours as you suggest.

HallmarkProductions wrote:
many include a small heater which will keep the temperature fairly constant

We had considered that and would be looking to something that would be low power yet deliver just enough heat to keep the temperature at a reasonable level; perhaps linked to an electronic thermometer (teperature drops; heater comes on) or something similar. One of the problems with most heat is you really need a vent/exhaust.

HallmarkProductions wrote:
it might be an idea to have a chat so that we can both benefit - feel free to give me a call if you think it will be useful for both of us.

Definately will some time soon - I will try you towards the end of the coming week if I get time.

Chrome
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Dave R Smith wrote:
How about some fast Chaplin style piano music in the b/g.

Hi Dave, Thanks for the comments. Yes the original does have a great contemporary sound track, but I can't put that on the web :(