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Total solar eclipse timelapse in 4k

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#1 Lopper

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Posted 10 April 2024 - 07:46 PM

We had good sky conditions for the eclipse in southwest Ohio. Thin clouds passed overhead periodically during the partial phases but the sky was clear for the entire duration of totality which lasted approximately 84 seconds at my location.

 

I was able to collect enough images with my TeleVue 102 and an ASI294MC to make a timelapse video that spans 2 hours and 51 minutes. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out:

 

https://youtu.be/ABtjGDFer7A

 

Thanks for looking!

 

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Posted 10 April 2024 - 07:53 PM

Amazing! Well done!! 


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Posted 10 April 2024 - 08:31 PM

Wow!  Great job!


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Posted 10 April 2024 - 09:33 PM

Fantastic work, Matt.


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Posted 10 April 2024 - 09:55 PM

Beautiful video!

 

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Posted 10 April 2024 - 11:08 PM

Thanks so much for your replies, marvyyk, Tom, Mike, and Kevin!



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Posted 13 April 2024 - 08:01 PM

After finishing my timelapse video (linked in post #1 above), I went back through my individual frames from totality to pick out a few of my favorites. Processing was minimal on these. I resized the diamond ring shot to meet CN posting guidelines and I rotated and cropped the prominence closeups and did a gentle contrast enhancement but left them at their original scale.

 

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Posted 13 April 2024 - 08:02 PM

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Posted 13 April 2024 - 08:03 PM

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Posted 13 April 2024 - 08:58 PM

Very nice work with this!


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Posted 13 April 2024 - 10:02 PM

Very nice! I really like when C2 hits. It's not where I was expecting it.

 

I am considering attempting something similar, but have never done it before. Do you mind if I ask what software you used to go from stills into video? I have photoshop but not sure which video platform to integrate with. And what framerate are you using for partials? (Or asked differently, how often did you take a photo during partials?)


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Posted 13 April 2024 - 11:12 PM

Really nice capture. Bravo!


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Posted 14 April 2024 - 01:56 PM

Very nice! I really like when C2 hits. It's not where I was expecting it.

 

I am considering attempting something similar, but have never done it before. Do you mind if I ask what software you used to go from stills into video? I have photoshop but not sure which video platform to integrate with. And what framerate are you using for partials? (Or asked differently, how often did you take a photo during partials?)

I used PIPP to register all of my stills. I did it in 3 batches: one for each partial phase and one for totality. I used Firecapture to control the camera and I configured it to capture 1 frame every 4 seconds for the partial phases.



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Posted 14 April 2024 - 10:31 PM

How did you get PIPP to align without moving the crescent? I can’t get PIPP to align the edges to keep everything in one place.



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Posted 15 April 2024 - 10:59 AM

How did you get PIPP to align without moving the crescent? I can’t get PIPP to align the edges to keep everything in one place.

First I loaded the source files, keeping the images from each phase of the eclipse separate from those from the other phases. I processed the initial partial phase images first, then the totality images, then the final partial phase images last. For each batch I selected to optimize for solar/lunar full disk using join mode on the Source Files tab.

 

Here's a screenshot of the settings that I used on the Input Options tab. My files were rgb24 files so essentially I just left everything unchecked.

 

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Here's a screenshot of the settings that I used on the Processing Options tab. The stretch histogram white point to 95% setting compensated for the frames that were dimmed by the passing of thin clouds during the partial phases. I had to test a few different settings for the minimum object size and object detection threshold options before I found a combination that worked well. The size of my raw frames is 4144 px x 2822 px so the cropping settings ensured that the frames remained their original size.

 

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I disabled the quality estimation feature on the Quality Options tab. I then saved the output as a raw, uncompressed avi file at 30 fps.


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Posted 16 April 2024 - 12:47 AM

First I loaded the source files, keeping the images from each phase of the eclipse separate from those from the other phases. I processed the initial partial phase images first, then the totality images, then the final partial phase images last. For each batch I selected to optimize for solar/lunar full disk using join mode on the Source Files tab.

 

Here's a screenshot of the settings that I used on the Input Options tab. My files were rgb24 files so essentially I just left everything unchecked.

 

attachicon.gif Input_Options.png

 

Here's a screenshot of the settings that I used on the Processing Options tab. The stretch histogram white point to 95% setting compensated for the frames that were dimmed by the passing of thin clouds during the partial phases. I had to test a few different settings for the minimum object size and object detection threshold options before I found a combination that worked well. The size of my raw frames is 4144 px x 2822 px so the cropping settings ensured that the frames remained their original size.

 

attachicon.gif Processing_Options.png

 

I disabled the quality estimation feature on the Quality Options tab. I then saved the output as a raw, uncompressed avi file at 30 fps.

This was helpful, frames are still not aligning well. If I care enough about it, I’ll align manually. Thanks for sharing.





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