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How To Shoot Time-Lapse Video

 

We all know time-lapse video creates beautiful effects - commemorate events unfold at a faster rate than what the human eye usually observes. This video way is mostly used in wildlife documentaries, movies and commercials using high-tech surveillance cameras and editing software. Many affordable camcorders now have built-in time-lapsing functions, you can create your own interesting videos.

 

I've tried doing time-lapse videos for quite a while, so I thought I'd share some suggestions and tricks along with you here.

Overview
Before you start recording your time-lapse video, you need to choose a subject. Some really good subjects to shoot include daily traffic, a sunrise or waves around the beach. You can basically shoot anything that you think will look good in case you capture movements as time passes. I love to shoot cityscapes and enjoy the sky time-lapsed - seeing the clouds and sky change color after a while is really mesmerizing.  How To Shoot Time-Lapse Video

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

 Record at normal speeds. It is possible to record the video in a normal speed and speed it later using video editing software. I label this the "post-production" approach. When you need flexibility, I suggest you choose this method. You can control the rate as you edit it and ultimately end up with a higher quality production. I suggest you get a full software like Corel VideoStudio or Adobe Premiere Elements that may help you with time-lapse effects that you just add post-production. Sure, shiny things cost a bit of money, but they shall be worth the while in the long term.

GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition time lapse

 

 Time-lapse recording. The other approach to creating such videos is to make use of your camera. Many cameras now have built-in features which support this. It can be simpler as you just need to set up your kit, and after that press shoot. It instantly records it you want and tends to take up less memory space in your camera.

Now, whichever method you have, you should know there are some specific steps to follow along with to get a good quality production.

1: Mounting Your Camera
The digital camera needs to be steady all through the capturing process so it is important to place the camera on a stable surface. You need to use a tripod to set up you before starting the recording process.

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

2: Focus And Exposure
Usually, videographers leave the digital camera unattended during time-lapse shots. Should you be doing the same, setting the target before you start shooting is a great idea. Decide whether you want to you use automatic or manual focus for that video.

If the object you happen to be recording tends to move closer or farther away from the camera, you may need to utilize the auto focus option. However, in the event the subject is going to stop at the same distance through the entire recording time, then you can definitely manually set and lock the focus settings.

Also, so you can get the right exposure, setting an auto iris is suitable if you are planning to leave the camera unattended throughout the shoot. However, I have discovered that sometimes this leads to poor picture quality. If you possibly could, use a manual iris setting to be sure you're going to get the right light and exposure to your video.

Step 3: Time period of The Recording
The amount of the recording is dependent on the amount of the event you are capturing. You may want lots of in-built or expanded memory cards in your camera for the job. Modern cameras come designed with plenty of record time of their memory disks.

It is important, I repeat, absolutely vital - to check your memory availability before you begin recording the video. The entire video takes up a massive chunk of space on memory cards, techniques ensure your camera will not run out of memory.

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

Wrapping Up
I hope above provides you with some good insight into shooting time-lapse video. These videos are look fabulous and therefore are great for sharing with friends or uploading to YouTube. Initially, it could be daunting and may please take a couple of tries before you master the craft - yet it's really a breeze after you master it.