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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: If you're a video editor, you might feel more comfortable editing your clips inside an application like Adobe Premiere Pro. Fortunately, the process of bringing in a time lap movie is pretty straight forward. I'll often import finished movies that I've made inside of Photoshop or After Effects and just bring 'em in as a real time video file. But even still, you could bring it in directly as an image sequence. Let's explore. I'll make a new project and just give it a name. And choose to use the Real time Playback engine that's available to you. If you're on a machine that doesn't have a supported graphics card, go with software only.
I'll click OK. And now we can bring the file. To do this, I'll choose File > Import. You're going to want to bring in the TIFF files. Make sure you sort by name and select the first image and check the box for Image Sequence and choose Import. This'll bring it in. It's generally a good idea to set those to be 8 bit files.
You'll notice here in Adobe Bridge that these are 16 bit files in the RGB color space. If your version of Premiere Pro has a problem with the 16 bit files, you can export them by setting the workflow option to 8 bit for the export from Camera Raw. Or after the fact, select the images and take advantage of Tools > Photoshop > Image Processor. This will allow you to use Adobe Photoshop and you can switch to a format like JPEG or run an action to do the batch conversion from 16 bit to 8 bit.
Back to Premiere. I've imported this and it's significantly larger than I need. If I load that up and press Play, you'll see that Premiere struggles a bit to play the large file. You really have 2 choices. You could either resize these so their closer to video size or process them and do a little bit of rendering here. When we come back, we'll take a look at refining the duration and the frame rate of the clip which will be the first step to getting the settings correct.
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