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Creating Time-Lapse Video
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Refining the duration and frame rate


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Creating Time-Lapse Video

with Richard Harrington

Video: Refining the duration and frame rate

Rich: When it comes to frame rate, you're going to want to let Premiere Pro know how to interpret the clips. For best results, make sure you set the frame rate to match your desired delivery sequence. There's two ways to do this. If you'd like to globally set it, under Preferences you could choose the Media category. And this is where you could set the indeterminate media time base. Meaning, if you import a clip with the time base not assigned, such as an image sequence, always assign the following frame rate.
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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

Refining the duration and frame rate

Rich: When it comes to frame rate, you're going to want to let Premiere Pro know how to interpret the clips. For best results, make sure you set the frame rate to match your desired delivery sequence. There's two ways to do this. If you'd like to globally set it, under Preferences you could choose the Media category. And this is where you could set the indeterminate media time base. Meaning, if you import a clip with the time base not assigned, such as an image sequence, always assign the following frame rate.

When you click OK, that will change it for all newly imported clips. For example, if I bring that back in again as an image sequence, you'll see that that one did indeed come in at 23.976. Let's delete it for a second. If you've already imported the clip, and it's not the frame rate you want, just select it, right click, and choose, Modify, Interpret Footage. You now can assign a new frame rate.

So, I can type in the 23.976. This works out well, and when I click Ok, it will adjust it. Let's go ahead and drop this into a sequence. I'll just make a new sequence, I'll stick with 720p. And I could choose a mastering codec. Notice, with the current version of Premiere Pro, you can go with high quality codecs like Avid DNX-HD. This is a nice reasonable quality format to work with, if you want HD video without extremely large file sizes. I've chosen a 720p, 23.976 preset.

And I can click OK to create the sequence. I'll now drop the shot into the sequence. In doing so, I don't want to change the sequence settings, so I'll click Keep. You'll notice that the shot comes in significantly larger than what we need. Let's just take a look, though, at this, for playback quality. I'll select that and choose sequence, render selection. Notice that the videos preview build very quickly. Now, this is not a long sequence. We're only bringing in a very short clip.

But that's because I wanted to keep the downloadable files reasonable. There it is, smoothly playing back. And you saw the cloud whisk on by. However, you could tell we're barely seeing this. And that's because the shot is almost 5 times bigger than what we need for HD video. Let's adjust the duration slightly. I'll select the clip, and press Cmd+R, or Ctr+R for duration. And I can now change the speed.

If I set this to 200%, it's even faster. On the other hand, if I set it to say, 50%, it's twice as long. This makes it very easy for you to change the speed. Once you've done that, let's do a quick preview. We'll render the selection. And you see as it steps through, it works but looked just a little choppy as each of the frames were repeated. If I right click, I can tell this to do Frame Blending.

Let's go ahead and preview. Much smoother. Everything's looking good, except for the fact that we're barely seeing the movie. So, let's come back and adjust the size.

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