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07 Sep 2015
We all 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 way is mostly used in wildlife documentaries, movies and commercials using high-tech camcorders and editing software. Many affordable surveillance cameras now have built-in time-lapsing functions, you may earn your own interesting videos. How To Shoot Time-Lapse Video
I've tried doing time-lapse videos for a while, so I thought I'd share some suggestions and tricks together with you here.

Prior to starting recording your time-lapse video, you need to choose a subject. Some good subjects to shoot include daily traffic, a sunrise or waves on the beach. You can basically shoot anything that you simply think will look good in case you capture movements with time. I love to shoot cityscapes and possess the sky time-lapsed - seeing the clouds and sky change color over time is really mesmerizing.
GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition time lapse

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 the normal speed and speed it down later using video editing software. I refer to this as the "post-production" approach. If 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 higher quality production. I suggest you get a better software like Corel VideoStudio or Adobe Premiere Elements to 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.

 Time-lapse recording. The other way of creating such videos is always to make use of your camera. Many cameras have built-in features which support this. It really is simpler as you must set up your kit, after which press shoot. It instantly records the recording you want and tends to take up less random access memory in your camera.

Now, whichever method you employ, you should know there are some specific steps to check out to get a good quality production.

Step 1: Mounting Your Camera
You guessed it-your camera needs to be steady all through the capturing process therefore it is important to place the camera on a stable surface. You should utilize a tripod to set up your camera before starting the recording process.

If you happen to really do not possess a tripod at hand, you can use a firm surface just like a sandbag. Make sure that the camera or the object it is being put on does not move or fall over during the shooting process.

Step two: Focus And Exposure
Usually, videographers leave the camera unattended during time-lapse shots. In case you are doing the same, setting the focus before you start shooting is a great idea. Decide whether you wish to you use automatic or manual focus for the video.

If the object you're recording tends to move closer or farther from the camera, you may need to utilize auto focus option. However, if the subject is going to stop at the same distance during the entire recording time, you'll be able to manually set and lock the main objective settings.

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

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

It is crucial, I repeat, absolutely vital - to check on your memory availability prior to starting recording the video. The entire video takes up a tremendous chunk of space on memory cards, use ensure your camera doesn't run out of memory.

I remember when i had a video where I ran from 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 shoot, make sure you look at the memory cards and clean them over to free up space as appropriate.

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 is usually daunting and may please take a couple of tries before you master the craft - yet it's really a breeze as soon as you master it.


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