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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: The place that I assemble the bulk of my time lapse shots is Adobe After Effects. That's because I find it gives me a lot of control, both over time, as well as things like temporal smoothing and even third party filters for adjusting for flicker. Let's take a look at the process by starting with a simple import. I've launched Adobe After Effects and I've just got an empty project. Let's import a clip. Couple ways you could do. You could choose File > Import > File or double click inside the project panel.
Once you've done this, you should navigate to some of the files that you previously exported. If you skipped ahead, be sure to revisit the exercises where we adjusted images in Camera Raw. And then export it out an image sequence or use some of your own files. I'll go to the process frames and into the first shot. When I have a series of images here, I could choose the first image in the sequence. Notice by default After Effects detects that this is an image sequence.
And I can choose open. The sequence is automatically added into the After Effects project. Now to make things a little bit easier to download, I haven't put that many frames up. In fact, there's only going to be about three seconds worth here. But that's okay. We can actually adjust the frame rate and stretch this to get the clip a little bit longer. And in our next movie, we'll talk all about controlling the properties of the clip.
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