September 9th, 2012
This weekend I shot a time lapse of my son’s house while I mowed the surrounding 4 acres. I am part of the landscaping crew. This wonderful old home was built in 1880 in on a land grant section (640 acres) by a prominent Oregon pioneer family and has been in my wife’s family for going on 30 years. It takes a huge amount of work to maintain the grounds, the vineyard and the house. It’s affectionately referred to as the Yellow House.
I set up my 5DMkII on a tripod with a Cannon TC-80N3 remote controller set to shoot a frame every 2 seconds and then when off and mowed for a hour and a half. The result was 1409 medium size JPG frames (5.4 gig).
What you need to do with all these JPGs to create a time lapse video is crop and adjust them and then create a video file. I used to use QuickTime 7 Pro to create the video file. I’d tried to use Lightroom 3 but I found that it took forever to render the video file (probably because of the slow machine I was using). I’d not tried Lightroom 4 so I though it would be worth a try. I found the above video tutorial which covered exactly what I wanted to do. With previous time lapses I’d had trouble getting Final Cut to upload the video to Vimeo as in a 16:9 aspect ratio but doing the cropping in Lightroom solves that problem nicely. It turned out that to render my 59 second video of 1409 frames it took Lightroom 4 about 20 minutes on my MacBook Pro that has a 2.7 GHz I7 with a flash drive and 16Gig of RAM. It’s nice to be able to do some adjustments, cropping in Lightroom before you render the video.
I rendered this video at 720p 25 fps using the slideshow presets described in the tutorial video. I want to try to render it again at 1080p to see if I can get the video a little sharper.
Oh yea, the music track is from danosongs.com Royalty Free Music.