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AXAF
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My First Timelapse Movie
      #5783405 - 04/07/13 09:34 AM

Hi~

So I made my first attempt at making a timelapse movie of the night sky last night. I used my Canon T3i with the 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, operating at 18mm and f/3.5. Each exposure was 10 seconds at ISO 1600, with a 2 second pause in between frames. Total duration was two hours, which amounted to some 600 frames. Scene temperature was 3400K.

I think I need a better lens, perhaps the 17-55 f/2.8 that Canon puts out for crop sensors.

Any insight to improving the technique would be appreciated.

Here's the link to the movie (10 frames/second):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt7fXTRRx8Y&feature=youtu.be

~Gary


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Tapio
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Re: My First Timelapse Movie new [Re: AXAF]
      #5783441 - 04/07/13 09:57 AM

Well done.
Next time you could check focus as it seems this was bit off.


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Toxic Coolaid
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Re: My First Timelapse Movie new [Re: Tapio]
      #5784329 - 04/07/13 05:10 PM

Yes well done. I would speed up the frame rate a little, and maybe reduce the # of frames by going f/4 800iso 20-25 sec frames. You may even up the f/ or lower the iso, but stay around 25 seconds. I use JPEG only when I shoot for movies for memory and processing time. A great lens is the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens.

I have a several movies at:
http://mophopix.smugmug.com/Astronomy/Astrophotography-Videos/21864752_jVVxnD...

And some daytime:
http://mophopix.smugmug.com/Nature/Clouds/18441843_9DXs29#!i=1422274570&k...

These might give you some ideas on what you want to shoot. I also use Windows Movie Maker, it's pretty easy to use.


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: My First Timelapse Movie new [Re: AXAF]
      #5784372 - 04/07/13 05:30 PM

That's nice work!!

David


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AXAF
sage


Reged: 09/15/04

Loc: New England
Re: My First Timelapse Movie new [Re: Toxic Coolaid]
      #5784455 - 04/07/13 06:15 PM

Quote:

Yes well done. I would speed up the frame rate a little, and maybe reduce the # of frames by going f/4 800iso 20-25 sec frames.



Thanks for the advice. Here is a reprocessed version at 60 frames per second. It flows much better now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teprRhbJCfc&feature=youtu.be

~Gary


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avarakin
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Re: My First Timelapse Movie new [Re: AXAF]
      #5784547 - 04/07/13 07:06 PM

Looking good!

Just remember that shutter has limited life. On average it is about 100,000 shots, but some cameras quit much sooner.

Alex


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zjc26138
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Re: My First Timelapse Movie new [Re: avarakin]
      #5784751 - 04/07/13 08:48 PM

Excellent stuff!

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Toxic Coolaid
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Reged: 10/01/11

Loc: NorthEast Tennessee
Re: My First Timelapse Movie new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5784986 - 04/07/13 10:47 PM

I like that speed much better. I thought you got the ISS in there but it just looks to be a plane that turned it's front lights off. I usually choose a sub time that doesn't show to much trailing, pick a f/ of 4 or just a little higher, then adjust the iso to give me a good look. I usually have a iso of 400 or 800.

Edited by Toxic Coolaid (04/07/13 10:48 PM)


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mmalik
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Re: My First Timelapse Movie new [Re: AXAF]
      #5785028 - 04/07/13 11:19 PM

Nice time lapse; which tool did you use to create movie?

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AXAF
sage


Reged: 09/15/04

Loc: New England
Re: My First Timelapse Movie new [Re: mmalik]
      #5785295 - 04/08/13 05:15 AM

Quote:

Nice time lapse; which tool did you use to create movie?



Glad you liked it. I used VirtualDub:
http://www.virtualdub.org/

Also, I found this tutorial to be very helpful (it shows how to use VirtualDub):

http://vimeo.com/groups/magiclantern/videos/19854305


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Re: My First Timelapse Movie new [Re: AXAF]
      #5792099 - 04/11/13 10:52 AM

Thanks for the info. Regards

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