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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 we've got the clip inside our Photoshop document, we need to do a little bit of additional processing. First off, realize that the files aren't actually embedded. This is just a link. So when I save this Photoshop document, it's basically a set of instructions pointing to the folder where all the other images are. As such, I generally find it a good idea to save the Photoshop document near the same location as the original files. Let's choose File > Save As.
And there it is Shot 1 psd. I'll store it. Now that I've captured that, I want to adjust the settings for the document. Clicking on the Timeline Panel menu, I could choose Set Timeline Frame rate. And this is where you can adjust the frame rate to match your delivery format. If you are creating something say, to put into a flash file. Maybe it's 12 frames per second. Or you want to drop it into an Adobe Digital Publishing Suite project. You might use a lower frame rate, or GIF style type animation. On the other hand, I prefer 24p.
Which is actually 23.976 for most delivery to modern consumer electronic devices like smart phones, tablets and television sets. Broadcasters on the other hand tend to prefer 29.97 in the United States and other regions that use the NTSC standard. While those using PAL or SECAM tend to prefer 25 frames per second. Of course, there's lots of other formats because some stations such as ABC want 59.94. And welcome to the confusing world of broadcast standards.
For now, just choose 23.976 and click OK. When you do that, you'll notice that things adjust in your timeline. And it tells you the new duration. Remember, that's just under Set Timeline Frame rate, and that's where you adjust the timeline frame rate. Let's adjust the speed of the clip in the timeline now. We've already set the new timeline frame rate, but we need to adjust the clip itself. To do that, I'll click on this triangle on the right edge. And I can change its speed. So, if I set it to half speed, it'll be twice as many frames. Now that the clip is longer, I can drag it out to its new duration. If it's difficult at first, you may need to slide the clip and then start to drag. There we go.
And I could adjust that and get the new duration. At this point, the clip is the correct desired duration but there are a few other adjustments to make.
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