More On The Miracle Of Time Lapse

October 7th, 2008

The post I did last week on David Gibbons’s example of a time lapse video of a view inspired me research the subject of time lapse and do some time lapse video clips of my own.

Here is what I found out:

  1. David described how to shoot time lapse with Nikon Capture, the same thing works just fine with Canon’s RemoteCapture software. I used Canon RemoteCapture to shoot a time lapse sequence out my front window with my MacPower Book Pro controlling  and capturing frames from my 1Ds. This technique apparently works for most Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
  2. Thanks to Brian Reyman’s comment on my last post I realized that my Canon G9 has a great time lapse feature built-in to it. In fact, a couple of weeks ago somehow the video mode on my G9 got set to time lapse and it took me a while to figure out what was happening and turn it off. The G9 will shoot time lapse by taking a frame every one second or two seconds.

After playing with both of these approaches for shooting time lapse it is real clear that doing it with the G9 is  by far the easiest method. With the G9, you just put it in you pocket and go shoot where you want, with no laptops or cables. Plus you don’t have to assemble a huge series of still frames into a video sequence. Beware though, I just looked up the specs on the new Canon G10 and according to the G10 doesn’t have a time lapse feature Canon made some major changes in how video works between the G9 and G10. What a shame! Nor does the 5D Mark II or the Nikon D90. At this point I can’t tell you what all camera options are for time lapse but my guess the G9 is not the only camera on the planet that can do this.

Yesterday, I went out cruising around my neighborhood, looking for a place that would have a view that might make an interesting example. The clip above shows two locations where I shot for about 5 minutes of real time with the G9 set to take a frame every 2 seconds. In the first sequence that looks out over the golf course, it was windy and so it was I was pretty sure that the time lapse would show some movement. On the second example that looks out over a new development, my impression when I shot the clip, was that the clouds were not moving. My thought at the time was this was not going to work. Much to my amazement there was a huge amount of cloud movement. This demonstrates how time lapse can add drama to a seemingly boring, butt ugly view.

So how do you use this in real estate photography? I think time lapse has fantastic potential to add drama and attention to a real estate video of a property with a view. I think it’s something you can add to a real estate video or slide show. A good example use of some video clips in a slide show format is what you can do with SlideShow Pro. It allows you to do some pretty interesting things with video clips. Sure, it’s not exactly demonstrating features of the property, it’s just adding drama and interest much like adding a dramatic sky to a still.

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7 Responses to “More On The Miracle Of Time Lapse”

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  • Good heads up on the G10. Just means the G9 will be better suited for a lot of people, at a lot lower price. I know I miss my G5. Might have to pick up a G9.

  • Anyone using Canon 20/30/40/50 D can purchase the wonderful TC-80N3 release which allows time lapse to be made very easy. You need a “cable release” when doing bracketed exposures for HDR, so invest in the more expensive Canon release and have GREAT fun!!!!

  • Bruce- Great idea! I’d not thought of using the TC-80N3 for time lapse but this would eliminate the hassle of using a laptop for time lapse. I just ordered a TC-80N3.

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  • I have seen this done at the start of the Prop Vid – videos, it looks really effective when they just have the house and the clouds passing by. Thanks Larry

  • This would be great to include in a virtual tour of an estate.

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