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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: Once you've imported all the media, you're going to need to assign a frame rate. Now, the thing is, you don't actually have a movie clip here. What you have is a bunch of stills. But you're going to add all those stills into your sequence, and then using that, you can basically decide how you want to re-time them. What essentially happens here is you drop them all in to the project or sequence, and set a new duration. I'll go to my event, and they're all there in the folder. Now, you can always start to group these to make it a bit easier.
But I'll just press Cmd+A to select everything, and drag them down into the timeline. When I release, they're all added. The problem though is that each one of these is about 10 seconds long. I'll choose Cmd+A or Edit > Select All. And under the Modify menu, I can change duration. The shortcut is Ctrl+D for duration. Just type in a new duration.
For example, maybe two frames for each clip and hit the Return key. And now they all re-timed. Let's drag down there a bit and we'll zoom in. And you see the clip play back. Now, this isn't optimized media, so, it may not play back perfectly smooth. You'll also notice that the clip has some black bars on the side. That's because the files were automatically scaled down when you added them to the sequence, so they would fit. Not a big deal though.
We can easily re-size this entire unit, or apply key frames to size dynamically, and make some adjustments using the effects in Final Cut Pro X.
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