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Creating Time-Lapse Video
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Choosing a working drive


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Creating Time-Lapse Video

with Richard Harrington

Video: Choosing a working drive

Rich: If you're shooting Time Lapse, you're going to have a lot of data. Therefore, you're going to need some hard drives. I just want to talk a little bit about choosing a drive based upon your needs. Now, if you're going to be shooting in the field a lot, you're going to want a portable solution. Maybe it's a BUS powered solution. Something like this drive here, notice it connects out. Important thing here is these days, I look for USB3. It's a bus powered drive that's fast and gives you significently quiker transfer rates.
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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      34s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 11s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 10s
  2. 4m 20s
    1. The end product
      1m 9s
    2. Why shoot with a still camera
      2m 0s
    3. What you're shooting for: Objectives
      1m 11s
  3. 7m 7s
    1. Frame size for delivery of time lapse
      1m 43s
    2. Frame size for acquisition of time lapse
      1m 45s
    3. Delivery frame rate of time lapse
      1m 36s
    4. Postprocessing choices for time-lapse photography
      2m 3s
  4. 17m 7s
    1. A solid tripod for time-lapse shooting
      4m 43s
    2. Using an internal intervalometer
      2m 15s
    3. Using an external intervalometer
      4m 37s
    4. Weather gear
      1m 6s
    5. Extending the power of the camera
      1m 28s
    6. Using a spare camera body
      50s
    7. Memory card selection
      2m 8s
  5. 5m 55s
    1. Shooting time lapse as JPEG files
      2m 15s
    2. Shooting time lapse as raw files
      2m 6s
    3. Shooting time lapse as movie files
      1m 34s
  6. 7m 34s
    1. Choosing a frame rate for time-lapse photography
      46s
    2. How long should you shoot?
      1m 10s
    3. Tracking the sun's position
      2m 50s
    4. Working the scene
      2m 48s
  7. 3m 4s
    1. Choosing the right aperture for time-lapse photography
      1m 6s
    2. Choosing the shutter speed for time-lapse photography
      50s
    3. Choosing the ISO for time-lapse photography
      1m 8s
  8. 10m 15s
    1. What does a slider add to the shot?
      2m 37s
    2. Building a slider
      3m 43s
    3. Basic moves on a slider
      3m 27s
    4. Keith's feature
      28s
  9. 8m 35s
    1. Stabilizing the phone
      2m 52s
    2. Setting up the shot with Lapse It
      1m 59s
    3. Using Lapse It
      1m 26s
    4. Using iStopMotion for iPad
      2m 18s
  10. 12m 8s
    1. Using a card wallet
      3m 9s
    2. Choosing a working drive
      3m 18s
    3. Transferring data
      5m 41s
  11. 8m 55s
    1. Using stacks in Adobe Bridge
      2m 29s
    2. Removing unwanted frames
      3m 2s
    3. Renaming and renumbering image sequences
      3m 24s
  12. 51m 54s
    1. Basic exposure with Adobe Camera Raw
      3m 30s
    2. Selective recovery with Adobe Camera Raw
      6m 25s
    3. Advanced recovery with Adobe Camera Raw
      5m 50s
    4. Reducing noise with Adobe Camera Raw
      2m 37s
    5. Removing spots with Adobe Camera Raw
      5m 41s
    6. Compensating for lens distortion
      5m 16s
    7. Stylizing the image with Adobe Camera Raw
      8m 49s
    8. Exporting the images to sequential files
      3m 42s
    9. Alternative workflow with Lightroom: Part one
      5m 36s
    10. Alternative workflow with Lightroom: Part two
      4m 28s
  13. 11m 16s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      2m 5s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      2m 39s
    3. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      3m 35s
    4. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 57s
  14. 30m 22s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      1m 31s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      3m 42s
    3. Frame blending
      3m 7s
    4. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      3m 33s
    5. Camera moves
      3m 54s
    6. Using flicker
      4m 59s
    7. Working with raw time-lapse sequences
      3m 35s
    8. Creating variable-speed effects
      3m 10s
    9. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 51s
  15. 11m 40s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      2m 23s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      3m 39s
    3. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 19s
    4. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      3m 19s
  16. 12m 34s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      3m 17s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      1m 53s
    3. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      4m 48s
    4. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 36s
  17. 1m 4s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 4s

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Creating Time-Lapse Video
3h 27m Appropriate for all Aug 14, 2013

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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.

This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • What is time-lapse photography?
  • Why shoot with a still camera?
  • Choosing a frame size and frame rate
  • Using an internal or external intervalometer
  • Selecting a memory card
  • Tracking the sun's position
  • Deciding how long to shoot
  • Using a slider
  • Shooting time lapse on a smartphone or tablet
  • Removing noise and spots with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Importing the image sequence
  • Refining the duration and frame rate
  • Blending frames
  • Creating variable speed effects
  • Exporting your sequence
Subjects:
Photography Video Shooting Video DSLR Video
Software:
After Effects Final Cut Pro Photoshop Premiere Pro Lightroom
Author:
Richard Harrington

Choosing a working drive

Rich: If you're shooting Time Lapse, you're going to have a lot of data. Therefore, you're going to need some hard drives. I just want to talk a little bit about choosing a drive based upon your needs. Now, if you're going to be shooting in the field a lot, you're going to want a portable solution. Maybe it's a BUS powered solution. Something like this drive here, notice it connects out. Important thing here is these days, I look for USB3. It's a bus powered drive that's fast and gives you significently quiker transfer rates.

Much higher data rate throughput then Firewire or USB2. Now, that's what I would go if I needed something that I plugged into the laptop and it just ran off of the laptop's battery. However, a lot of times in the field, I want some redundancy and security. I tend to now take out this unit. This is a portable RAID from Drobo, there are other portable RAIDs out there. You will need to plug a RAID into a power source. Now it could be a cigarette lighter in your car, the power in your hotel room. But having a multi-drive solution means that one of the drives in that container can fail and you won't likely lose data. Now in the past there were some portable RAIDs available that could run off of FireWire 800 power.

However these drives are not able to be run off of the Thunderbolt or the USB3 port. So, for many of you, you won't have enough power. And don't think you can get clever by going a Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter, it still won't have enough power to run it. So, if you're going to have to plug it into the wall anyways, make sure you get a ray that gives you the protection and the power that you want. I like to have something that has multiple disc redundancy. And, a good fast connection. In this case I'm going Thunderbolt into my Mac and when I'm using my HP Laptop, I'll go from USB3 to into the USB3 port, works great. Any case, it'll be a simple work flow for you and give you that power. Now, on the desktop side its pretty straight forward. Choose a drive that is reliable and fast.

Now, there are lots of single type drive enclosures where you have a single disk inside of a case. These tend to be more affordable, but don't necessarily have the throughput. A lot of times what you'll see are drives in larger cases where two drives are paired or striped together. Now, this striping can be either for protection or performance. Typically we go for the performance here which is a RAID 0. You might be saying, why do I need performance with all those stills? It's no longer stills. You're going to find yourself in situations where you're trying to pull 30 of those stills through in a second.

And those files could be very high resolution RAW photos. Now, doing the basic developing, a slower hard drive is fine. But as you get into actually building your Time Lapse movies and rendering your Time Lapse movies, you want something fast. So look for things like USB3 or Thunderbolt. Look for things like a RAID where you have some performance. Maybe it's a fusion drive, an mSATA accelerator card, it doesn't matter. But Time Lapse can really begin to get annoying if you start to have drive throughput issues. So, go for the best drive you can afford, and make sure your data is backed up to more than one location.

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