October 29th, 2014
I really enjoy creating time-lapse video. I’ve done several posts in the past about it in years past. Several years ago readers enlightened me about the problem of flicker so I’ve studying the art of shooting time-lapse and how to shoot it right. Last year I did a post on the subject. I’ve been improving so I now know how to control and remove flicker. Doing this with a DSLR shooting RAW images is a lot of work! It takes 32 GB of RAW images with a lot of Lightroom and LRTimelapse processing to render about 30 seconds of time-lapse video.
In the last year I’ve tried some of the IOS Apps that do time-lapse. Last December I shot this disappointing time-lapse from Diamond Head using the TimeLapse App on an iPhone 5s. A lot of quality issues with that one.
So when IOS 8 came out, with a timelapse feature built into the camera App I didn’t have great expectations. However, when I tried it out I was pleasantly surprised with this result (no editing, straight out of the camera). The most amazing thing is how fast and easy it is to get this result. Just a few seconds after touching stop, the finished video is rendered and ready. This particular time-lapse only has 3 or 4 noticeable flickers between :28 and :40. The rest is flicker free. Sure, if you shoot RAW and process and render the whole thing yourself you have much more control, but I’m beginning to doubt that it’s worth all the effort. I love getting good quality results so fast. I’m going to be shooting much more time-lapse with my iPhone 6.