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Learn how to speed up time and create compelling visual effects with time-lapse photography. Join Rich Harrington in the field as he captures nature's patterns at Red Rock Canyon in southwestern Nevada, and shows how to frame your scene and choose the proper camera settings. He'll show you how to capture great images, whether you're using a DSLR camera and a motorized slider or just a smartphone you have handy. Then join him back in the studio to transform your still footage into a storytelling time-lapse video, using tools like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro.
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Rich: Now that the clips are added, we'll go ahead and group them together into a compound clip so there're easier to work with. I'll choose Select All, and then if I right click, you'll see that I could choose a compound clip. It asks me to give it a name. I choose Ok. And those have been essentially collapsed into a single clip. At this point, I'll adjust the size a bit.
Notice, even though I've scaled up. The pixels don't look distorted. And that's because the image inside actually has higher resolution. So we can re-size that to fill the frame, which looks pretty good there, and, in fact, I could do a zoom over time if I want. This can be done by twirling down scale. Let's add a key frame for scale, and a key frame for position. I'll now drag forward, and adjust the scale.
There we go. And we can move the position of the clip. Let's drag that left or right. I'll go into that rocky ledge there. But drop it a little lower. Now one of the things I like to be careful of is avoiding decimals here. So I'll click to edit that. Having a decimal, leads to sub pixel re-sampling. So generally speaking, try to remove them.
Let's watch that from the beginning. And you see that I have a animated camera move, on my time lapse shot. It's looking pretty good, I think I scaled it up a little too big, so we'll just use the ability here to move between key frames. Clicking the triangle takes me to the next one, and I'll adjust that slightly. There we go. Let's watch it again. That feels better.
I can select the compound clip and choose Clip > Show Video Animation. There's my transformations. As this makes it a bit easier to see them. So we've applied a basic move to the clip. That's looking really good. If I select the clip and come over here to the transform controls, I can actually see them visually. Notice this gives you handles. You can right click on a handle to change the interpolation method from smooth to linear.
By default, it automatically has a little bit of a curve. Notice though that clicking on one of those handles, I can now grab the handle and adjust that to refine the curve a bit. And you see them there. You can also move between key frames there, with the editor. Let's have a look. And, you see, it has just a little bit of a curve to it now, making it a bit more organic.
That looks good. If you'd like to adjust the appearance of a clip, just highlight it and come over to the effects browser. Mousing over and effect will give you a preview of what that looks like. Effects are organized by category or even third party effects if you'd like to access them. The looks category is also quite popular if you want to just stylize the overall appearance of a clip further.
If you find one you like, you can simply grab it, and drop it on the clip to apply. And that romantic look, did a little bit of a soft blurred vignette at the edges. Remember, you can also search for a look. Just choose All, and start to type in the name. So if I wanted a little bit of a darker corner vignette, I have that there as well. And notice you can combine them and adjust their properties in the video inspector.
Now if you start to get with edge effects, you might notice when you re-size the timelapse clip, that the vignette appears to move. In this case, I would recommend that you remove that effect. And I'll just stick in this case with those effects that process the whole clip. You can always put something above or further nest this clip into an additional compound clip and apply vignettes or other effects there.
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