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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: One method of assembling a time lapse sequence is to use Adobe Photoshop. In order to pull this off, you need a newer version of Photoshop. If you have Photoshop CS6 or newer, this has the video capabilities built in. Otherwise, if you're using CS4 or CS5, you'll need Photoshop Extended to get the video capabilities. Simply choose File > New. And you can now assign the Film and Video category for presets. From the size, choose a target delivery size.
A very common one for web delivery will be 720p, which is an HD video size that's super compatible with things like tablets and smartphones. If you're going for broadcast TV, you might choose 1080p. The frame rate is automatically assigned in the preset but we'll explore how to change that later. Double check the settings and then name it. And click OK. At this point, a new dialogue opens. You now want to add the file as an image sequence.
The easiest way to do that is to choose Layer > Video Layers > New Video Layer From File. Navigate to the folder you want to use. And select the first image. Make sure you sift by name and that there are no gaps in numbering. If you have a missing frame, a gap in number, Photoshop will get confused and insert color bars or a black frame there.
It's a good idea to go back to Adobe Bridge and batch rename all of those images so they are consecutively numbered, which is what I have here. I've now chosen that first frame and I can choose Open. It created a video file. If I double click on the timeline here, I can actually see that, that is a video file. Next we'll refine the frame rate for the clip, and adjust the overall sequence settings so we have the proper output format.
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