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Shooting time lapse


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DSLR Video Tips

with Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman

Video: Shooting time lapse

Robbie: So earlier, Rich, we talked about requirements of memory cards for video and then in general, but what about time-lapse? Richard: Yeah, I think time-lapse is a little bit trickier, because it really depends upon what you're doing. There is lots of factors, I put out there, the first one being record time. You know the thing you can't do in time-lapse is touch the camera. As soon as you've touched the camera-- Robbie: You've screwed it all up. Richard: Yeah. It's going to make even if you're like, oh! I'm really careful, and I am popping this memory card, the slightest vibration or touch destroys the frame, and you have jump. Robbie: Yeah. Even if it's in the middle of taking pictures, if you have a long interval, you are still possibly going to move that camera just a touch. Richard: Yeah.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. DSLR Video Tips Trailer
      1m 23s
  2. 10m 49s
    1. Taking a look at shaky footage
      1m 45s
    2. Fixing shaky footage in Final Cut Pro X
      3m 18s
    3. Fixing shaky footage in Adobe Premiere Pro
      5m 46s
  3. 2m 23s
    1. Welcome
      2m 23s
  4. 3m 36s
    1. Frame size recommendations
      3m 36s
  5. 15m 6s
    1. Exploring frame rate choices
      6m 16s
    2. Frame rate recommendations
      4m 42s
    3. Mixing frame rates
      4m 8s
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Understanding color loss
      5m 6s
    2. Understanding detail loss
      4m 13s
  7. 12m 8s
    1. Comparing sensor sizes
      3m 43s
    2. Why choose a cropped sensor
      4m 40s
    3. Why choose a full sensor
      3m 45s
  8. 9m 9s
    1. Understanding how DSLR viewfinders react when recording video
      2m 11s
    2. Understanding live view
      6m 58s
  9. 8m 39s
    1. Understanding aspect ratio
      4m 14s
    2. Why shoot 16:9
      4m 25s
  10. 8m 6s
    1. Composition matters
      3m 24s
    2. Exploring the action-safe area
      4m 42s
  11. 23m 7s
    1. Understanding card speeds
      8m 59s
    2. Shooting video
      6m 42s
    3. Shooting time lapse
      7m 26s
  12. 11m 27s
    1. What is rolling shutter?
      5m 50s
    2. Avoiding rolling shutter
      5m 37s
  13. 8m 11s
    1. Moiré explained
      3m 10s
    2. Avoiding Moiré
      5m 1s
  14. 7m 36s
    1. The dangers of tiny screens
      1m 22s
    2. How to set focus before recording
      6m 14s
  15. 9m 32s
    1. Using your HDMI port
      5m 17s
    2. Adapting HDMI to SDI
      4m 15s
  16. 20m 6s
    1. You call this a mic?
      4m 7s
    2. The impact of Auto Gain Control
      4m 34s
    3. The dangers of not monitoring audio
      7m 27s
    4. Using an attached mic
      3m 58s
  17. 4m 44s
    1. Shutter speed explained
      4m 44s
  18. 19m 49s
    1. The Exposure Triangle for low light
      3m 40s
    2. Adjusting aperture
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting ISO
      5m 24s
    4. Adjusting shutter speed
      4m 59s
  19. 12m 26s
    1. Avoiding lens flare
      2m 8s
    2. Using a lens hood
      2m 46s
    3. Using a matte box
      4m 15s
    4. Exploring other strategies for avoiding lens flares
      3m 17s
  20. 17m 20s
    1. What causes shake?
      3m 23s
    2. Using a stable platform
      9m 27s
    3. Fixing shake in post
      4m 30s
  21. 16m 24s
    1. What are prime lenses?
      3m 21s
    2. Exploring low-light performance
      3m 2s
    3. Working with shallow depth of field
      4m 31s
    4. Examining cost issues
      5m 30s
  22. 11m 39s
    1. What is a matte box?
      4m 2s
    2. Discussing the benefit of filters
      4m 19s
    3. Reducing lense flare
      3m 18s
  23. 14m 19s
    1. What is an EVF?
      2m 51s
    2. Checking focus
      3m 56s
    3. Checking exposure
      3m 28s
    4. Viewing camera settings
      4m 4s
  24. 12m 5s
    1. What is a loupe?
      2m 38s
    2. Proper focus with a loupe
      4m 18s
    3. Proper exposure with a loupe
      5m 9s
  25. 10m 33s
    1. What is a monopod?
      2m 39s
    2. Exploring stabilized shooting
      4m 28s
    3. Exploring overhead shooting
      3m 26s
  26. 13m 48s
    1. Why use a dedicated audio recorder?
      2m 42s
    2. What inputs do I need?
      5m 7s
    3. File formats to choose from
      5m 59s
  27. 17m 6s
    1. Setting levels
      6m 10s
    2. Monitoring sound
      6m 51s
    3. Slating takes
      4m 5s
  28. 6m 22s
    1. Apps you can use to record sync sound
      2m 55s
    2. Adapter cables
      3m 27s
  29. 10m 1s
    1. Why does my exposure change with a zoom lens?
      1m 21s
    2. F-Stop reviewed
      2m 58s
    3. Strategies for dealing with the problem
      5m 42s
  30. 13m 37s
    1. How can I check my focus?
      1m 27s
    2. Zooming in
      3m 14s
    3. Using a target
      3m 44s
    4. Using AutoFocus at the start
      5m 12s
  31. 17m 19s
    1. How many batteries do I need?
      1m 27s
    2. Power or no power
      4m 6s
    3. Other batteries to consider
      6m 35s
    4. Strategies for lengthening battery life
      5m 11s
  32. 27m 29s
    1. What adapters should I carry?
      1m 21s
    2. Adapting audio
      7m 13s
    3. Adapting video
      8m 54s
    4. Power options
      4m 9s
    5. Connecting gear
      5m 52s
  33. 16m 4s
    1. What type of microphone should I use for run-and-gun shooting?
      2m 16s
    2. Built-in microphones
      3m 36s
    3. Shotgun microphones
      4m 27s
    4. Microphone preamps
      5m 45s
  34. 13m 38s
    1. What type of microphone should I use for an interview?
      2m 2s
    2. Lavaliere mic
      6m 35s
    3. Boom mic
      5m 1s
  35. 16m 45s
    1. Why do I need a fluid head?
      3m 6s
    2. Standard photo head drawbacks
      4m 1s
    3. Why use a fluid head?
      6m 9s
    4. Converting a photo tripod
      3m 29s
  36. 13m 34s
    1. Why should I use a slate?
      2m 0s
    2. Using a digital slate
      5m 13s
    3. Using a physical slate
      3m 32s
    4. Alternate metadata
      2m 49s
  37. 10m 42s
    1. DSLR recording time limits
      4m 14s
    2. Legal limits
      6m 28s
  38. 22m 37s
    1. Is the Canon 6D right for me?
      2m 36s
    2. Beneficial features of the Canon 6D
      3m 41s
    3. Drawbacks of the Canon 6D
      4m 21s
    4. Menu options of the Canon 6D
      11m 59s
  39. 21m 17s
    1. The Nikon D600
      2m 38s
    2. Beneficial features of the Nikon D600
      6m 4s
    3. Drawbacks of the Nikon D600
      3m 45s
    4. Menu options of the Nikon D600
      8m 50s
  40. 8m 39s
    1. Can I attach lights to the camera?
      4m 57s
    2. Moving lights off-center
      3m 42s
  41. 18m 4s
    1. How do I get my camera into tight spaces?
      1m 58s
    2. Using GorillaPods
      3m 52s
    3. Using additional Grip Items
      4m 30s
    4. Using a DINO
      3m 50s
    5. Using a Lens Skirt
      3m 54s
  42. 17m 42s
    1. How can I get smooth tracking shots?
      1m 42s
    2. Walking the camera
      7m 55s
    3. Using sliders and dollies
      8m 5s
  43. 23m 1s
    1. How can I fix shaky shooting?
      4m 37s
    2. Fixing shaky shooting in Final Cut Pro X
      8m 54s
    3. Fixing shaky shooting in Premiere Pro
      9m 30s
  44. 15m 18s
    1. How should I manage my cards in the field?
      2m 16s
    2. Using card wallets
      5m 33s
    3. Mirroring your data
      7m 29s
  45. 23m 56s
    1. How do I transfer my footage?
      12m 15s
    2. Monitoring your footage
      11m 41s
  46. 26m 28s
    1. How do I rack focus?
      1m 47s
    2. Using a Prime Lens
      8m 22s
    3. Using a Zoom Lens
      9m 13s
    4. Using a follow focus
      7m 6s
  47. 23m 8s
    1. How do I clean my camera?
      2m 55s
    2. Keeping the lens clean
      7m 48s
    3. Cleaning the sensor
      8m 14s
    4. Performing a wet sensor cleaning
      4m 11s
  48. 23m 58s
    1. How do I get slow motion footage?
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up slow motion in camera settings
      4m 57s
    3. Slow motion in Final Cut Pro X
      6m 17s
    4. Slow motion in Premiere Pro
      3m 57s
    5. Slow motion in After Effects
      6m 57s
  49. 14m 53s
    1. How do I import into Final Cut Pro X?
      59s
    2. Transferring from a card into Final Cut Pro X
      5m 3s
    3. Importing footage into Final Cut Pro X
      8m 51s
  50. 12m 10s
    1. How do I import into Premiere Pro?
      1m 19s
    2. Transferring from a card into Premiere Pro
      3m 55s
    3. Importing footage into Premiere Pro
      6m 56s
  51. 19m 13s
    1. How do I sync sound in post?
      1m 20s
    2. Syncing sound with Final Cut Pro X
      4m 40s
    3. Syncing sound with Premiere Pro
      5m 57s
    4. Syncing sound with Plural Eyes
      7m 16s
  52. 12m 50s
    1. Lighting with available light
      2m 23s
    2. Calculating the sun's position
      2m 7s
    3. Reflectors
      1m 42s
    4. Shiny boards
      1m 31s
    5. Evaluating the results
      5m 7s
  53. 16m 2s
    1. Lighting with alternate sources
      3m 3s
    2. Battery operated LED lights
      2m 15s
    3. Using an inverter
      2m 28s
    4. Using a generator
      1m 19s
    5. Flashlights & GL-1
      1m 28s
    6. Evaluating the results
      5m 29s
  54. 26m 3s
    1. Shooting in small places
      1m 44s
    2. Using portable lights
      8m 0s
    3. Compact lighting
      1m 8s
    4. Lens choices
      1m 31s
    5. Mounting the camera
      2m 11s
    6. Remote operation
      4m 24s
    7. Evaluating the results
      7m 5s
  55. 11m 37s
    1. Follow focus overview
      2m 25s
    2. What is a follow focus?
      2m 38s
    3. Setting the marks
      1m 56s
    4. Operating follow focus
      1m 4s
    5. Evaluating the results
      3m 34s
  56. 13m 57s
    1. Achieving critical focus
      2m 36s
    2. Punching in on LiveView
      2m 5s
    3. Using a loupe
      2m 14s
    4. Using auto focus before the shot
      2m 20s
    5. Using a monitor
      2m 30s
    6. Change the aperture
      2m 12s
  57. 23m 0s
    1. Exposure
      2m 21s
    2. The impact of sensor size
      2m 25s
    3. ND filter
      2m 51s
    4. Variable ND filter
      3m 4s
    5. Matte box
      3m 39s
    6. Evaluating the results
      8m 40s
  58. 10m 29s
    1. Backlit subjects in production
      2m 20s
    2. Shooting "in the middle"
      2m 23s
    3. Overpowering the backlight
      1m 30s
    4. Evaluating the result
      4m 16s
  59. 31m 22s
    1. Backlit subjects in post-production
      1m 54s
    2. Look at scopes
      5m 20s
    3. Enhancing the shots
      4m 51s
    4. Enhancing with Speedgrade
      9m 31s
    5. Enhancing with plugins
      9m 46s
  60. 7m 3s
    1. Audio for interviews
      2m 1s
    2. Placing the mic
      1m 29s
    3. Interview techniques
      1m 36s
    4. Interviewee placement
      1m 57s
  61. 11m 57s
    1. Shooting a product shot
      1m 30s
    2. Building the backdrop
      1m 25s
    3. Compact lighting
      2m 59s
    4. Cleaning the object
      1m 16s
    5. Using a macro lens
      2m 25s
    6. Using a turntable
      2m 22s
  62. 9m 8s
    1. Using a field monitor
      1m 44s
    2. Connecting the monitor
      1m 19s
    3. Using peaking and using focus in red
      1m 36s
    4. Using color assist
      2m 34s
    5. Looping the monitor
      1m 55s
  63. 13m 25s
    1. Scopes
      3m 37s
    2. Reading the histogram
      2m 11s
    3. Reading a waveform monitor
      2m 38s
    4. Reading a vectorscope
      4m 59s
  64. 30m 59s
    1. What is a GoPro?
      2m 35s
    2. The GoPro bodies
      3m 53s
    3. Essential GoPro gear
      9m 0s
    4. Powering the GoPro
      6m 13s
    5. Accessing GoPro menus
      3m 34s
    6. Essential menu commands
      5m 44s
  65. 9m 2s
    1. Exposure
      1m 1s
    2. The exposure triangle
      2m 40s
    3. Evaluating the settings
      5m 21s
  66. 15m 48s
    1. What is aperture?
      3m 29s
    2. A DP's perspective on aperture
      45s
    3. Adjusting aperture
      2m 14s
    4. Evaluating the shots
      9m 20s
  67. 14m 4s
    1. What is shutter speed?
      3m 58s
    2. A DP's perspective on shutter speed
      1m 37s
    3. Adjusting shutter speed
      2m 54s
    4. Evaluating the shots
      5m 35s
  68. 18m 12s
    1. What is ISO?
      5m 12s
    2. A DP's perspective on ISO
      1m 52s
    3. Adjusting ISO
      2m 49s
    4. Evaluating the shots
      8m 19s
  69. 7m 41s
    1. Controlling exposure beyond camera settings
      2m 44s
    2. Adding light
      2m 54s
    3. Adding filtration
      2m 3s
  70. 19m 27s
    1. Getting the camera higher
      2m 26s
    2. Using a monopod to extend your reach
      2m 46s
    3. What is a jib?
      3m 33s
    4. Operating a jib
      6m 21s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      4m 21s
  71. 18m 14s
    1. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
      4m 38s
    2. What to look out for
      5m 3s
    3. Pocket Cinema Camera workflow
      3m 51s
    4. Evaluating the shots
      4m 42s
  72. 17m 15s
    1. Shooting with a GoPro mount
      5m 14s
    2. Connecting a GoPro remote
      2m 46s
    3. Viewing with a remote app
      3m 48s
    4. Recording with a remote app
      3m 11s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      2m 16s
  73. 14m 15s
    1. Using a click track
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a click track
      5m 10s
    3. Playing a click track in the field
      36s
    4. Recording with a click track
      53s
    5. Syncing in post
      6m 8s
  74. 7m 5s
    1. Preparing for a shoot with multiple DSLR cameras
      2m 10s
    2. Scouting the location
      1m 16s
    3. Lighting for multiple cameras
      48s
    4. A DP's perspective on multicamera lighting
      1m 56s
    5. Matching cameras
      55s
  75. 5m 21s
    1. Doing a shoot with multiple DSLR cameras
      2m 21s
    2. Positioning the cameras
      1m 2s
    3. Syncing the cameras
      1m 2s
    4. Directing the shoot
      56s
  76. 16m 59s
    1. Achieving a film look
      2m 36s
    2. Post-processing to achieve a film look: Part one
      7m 20s
    3. Post-processing to achieve a film look: Part two
      7m 3s
  77. 28m 47s
    1. Black Magic Cinema Camera
      3m 44s
    2. Things to Look Out For
      9m 41s
    3. Recording with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera
      2m 15s
    4. Focusing
      3m 17s
    5. Evaluating the Shots
      5m 12s
    6. RAW Workflow
      4m 38s
  78. 15m 50s
    1. Achieving a film look
      2m 28s
    2. Post-processing to achieve a film look: Part 1
      8m 45s
    3. Post-processing to achieve a film look: Part 2
      4m 37s
  79. 18m 58s
    1. Shooting time lapses with a GoPro
      2m 25s
    2. Setting up the GoPro
      4m 30s
    3. Accessing the footage
      4m 52s
    4. Processing the footage
      7m 11s
  80. 21m 21s
    1. Why assemble a time lapse?
      1m 59s
    2. Assembling a time lapse in Photoshop
      6m 36s
    3. Assembling a time lapse in Premiere Pro
      7m 43s
    4. Assembling a time lapse in After Effects
      5m 3s
  81. 22m 40s
    1. Processing multiple-camera footage
      1m 42s
    2. Organizing the media for Adobe Premiere Pro
      5m 36s
    3. Syncing in Adobe Premiere Pro
      6m 20s
    4. Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro
      9m 2s
  82. 15m 1s
    1. Processing multiple-camera footage
      1m 8s
    2. Organizing and syncing media for Final Cut Pro X
      5m 13s
    3. Editing in Final Cut Pro X
      8m 40s
  83. 21m 56s
    1. How do I get a GoPro in the air?
      2m 1s
    2. Attaching a GoPro to a quadcopter
      2m 23s
    3. Calibrating the quadcopter
      2m 13s
    4. Flying with the GoPro on the quadcopter
      3m 48s
    5. Evaluating the quadcopter footage
      5m 49s
    6. Getting more control with the quadcopter
      5m 42s
  84. 15m 58s
    1. Sliding the camera
      3m 1s
    2. Tabletop dolly
      3m 8s
    3. What is a slider?
      3m 55s
    4. Using a slider
      3m 32s
    5. Slider versatility
      2m 22s
  85. 13m 14s
    1. Shooting with an iPhone 5S
      2m 58s
    2. Shooting slow motion
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing footage
      3m 17s
    4. Assembling footage
      3m 48s
  86. 16m 9s
    1. Benefits of mirrorless cameras
      2m 48s
    2. Mirrorless workflow
      2m 41s
    3. Things to look out for
      6m 10s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      4m 30s
  87. 26m 6s
    1. What is Log?
      2m 40s
    2. Why should you shoot Log?
      6m 7s
    3. Using a LUT with Dynamic Link
      8m 11s
    4. Creating a LUT in Adobe Speedgrade
      9m 8s
  88. 30m 34s
    1. Matching cameras
      1m 58s
    2. Variables
      4m 22s
    3. Calibration
      8m 42s
    4. Evaluating the shots
      3m 5s
    5. Matching Log footage
      6m 30s
    6. Matching ProRes
      5m 57s
  89. 11m 39s
    1. Achieving a film look
      3m 7s
    2. Using Resolve presets
      4m 29s
    3. Color grading from scratch
      4m 3s
  90. 19m 1s
    1. Achieving a filmic look
      3m 58s
    2. Using Speedgrade presets
      7m 34s
    3. Color grading from scratch
      7m 29s
  91. 11m 48s
    1. Remotely controlling a camera
      1m 34s
    2. Attaching a CamRanger
      2m 38s
    3. Creating a network
      4m 50s
    4. Controlling with an iPad
      2m 46s

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DSLR Video Tips
23h 17m Appropriate for all Jul 06, 2012 Updated Apr 18, 2014

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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.

Topics include:
  • Mixing frame rates
  • Dealing with color and detail loss from compression
  • Comparing sensor sizes
  • Understanding how DSLR viewfinders react when recording video
  • What is aspect ratio?
  • Getting the right speed of memory card
  • Avoiding rolling shutter
Subjects:
Video DSLR Video
Software:
Final Cut Pro Premiere Pro
Authors:
Richard Harrington Robbie Carman

Shooting time lapse

Robbie: So earlier, Rich, we talked about requirements of memory cards for video and then in general, but what about time-lapse? Richard: Yeah, I think time-lapse is a little bit trickier, because it really depends upon what you're doing. There is lots of factors, I put out there, the first one being record time. You know the thing you can't do in time-lapse is touch the camera. As soon as you've touched the camera-- Robbie: You've screwed it all up. Richard: Yeah. It's going to make even if you're like, oh! I'm really careful, and I am popping this memory card, the slightest vibration or touch destroys the frame, and you have jump. Robbie: Yeah. Even if it's in the middle of taking pictures, if you have a long interval, you are still possibly going to move that camera just a touch. Richard: Yeah.

So you have to make sure you have enough capacity to record for the duration you want to record. Now some cameras have built-in interferometers, which is the device that allows you to set the timer for how often it takes pictures, many times the built-in ones will cap out at 1000 pictures. Robbie: Right. Richard: But you have other options to record a lot more with an external interferometer. So you might be recording for days or weeks and in that case, you could really need those big cards. So it's not uncommon to buy those 64 gig cards, and I think we're starting to see 128 gig cards too.

Robbie: Yeah, together. Richard: They are expensive, but you know a time-lapse shooter would likely buy that in order to support the record time and one of the things people just have to think about is how long do they need to record. So I just think of it this way. Remember, if you're recording 24 stills, you know that's going to be about a second or maybe you are doing 30. A lot of times at time-lapse people will hold an individual frame repeated for a couple of counts. So you might only be shooting 10 frames per finished second or 8 frames, but even still, you're going to go through a lot. The other big issue is going to really be how big those file sizes are because this is not a 2-megapixel image.

Robbie: Well, right, and you know that's one of things I always think about, I'm going out there, and I am like, okay I am used to shooting video, but all of a sudden go from two, you know roughly 2 megapixels up to maybe 20 megapixels or a 20 megapixels plus so that file size is going to be whole lot bigger. Also, it's going to depend right if I am shooting JPEG on my camera or if I am shooting Raw on my camera. Richard: Yeah. And a lot a folks struggle with this. You know, obviously the benefit with JPEG is it's ready to use, and it comes out at a nice small size, and it can fit a lot on the card, and that used to be the only way people shot time-lapse because cards are so low.

You are like oh! I have got a 4 gig card, I'm shooting Raw. Oh! I got a 2-second time-lapse. It kind of defeats the purpose. Robbie: Right, sure. Richard: But you know what we're seeing now is with these larger couple of cards, we can record longer. The benefit with Raw is that it gives you greater flexibility. So you can use a program like Adobe Camera Raw, open up the first image, recover the highlights, boost the shadows, pull a bit of vibrance in there, and then apply that to the whole sequence. That's works great. Or if you're dealing with tough situations like sunrise or sunset, you could develop it for the sunrise state and then develop it for the predawn state and just cross-dissolve between those two streams. Robbie: Right.

Richard: So there is lots of ways of pulling this off. But JPEG on the other hand just gives you longer record times. Robbie: Right. So if you're you know--the best quality obviously, you might shoot Raw, if you are fine with the way it looks in camera JPEG. But that sort of determines our capacity. You know how long you have to go out there, and you're determining the file size between JPEG and Raw, but what about speed? You know you might be in a situation with the time-lapse that you could go with a pretty slow speed card, high capacity with slow speed because you're firing off one shot say every five minutes or something like that, you know if you are doing a multi-day time-lapse, but you might also be doing a time-lapse where you are shooting off a frame every ten seconds or five seconds or a second even.

Richard: Yeah. It totally depends on the style. Like if I am doing long stuff where it's showing progress over time like hours, it might be every 10 seconds. On the other hand, if I'm shooting people and doing time-lapse, and I want that energy of people flowing through the scene, I sometimes will shoot a one second exposure to get streaks at a one second interval. So it's just basically snapping open, close right back open, and that's continuous raw data and in that case-- Robbie: If you are shooting Raw, yeah then that's what's I was going to say, if you're shooting that fast, and you're shooting Raw, you are going to need a pretty fast card, right? Richard: Yeah. And what you'll notice here is if you don't, the camera will lock up.

So a lot of times people will just sit there on time-lapse, not touching the camera, but just listen, and it's going for a few seconds where it's--and then all of a sudden it's like-- Robbie: Right, right? Something went away. Richard: Then it will change. Robbie: I have had that experience actually. Earlier we talked about having organized our memory cards. I actually had that problem a couple of weeks ago. I went out, and I was doing time-lapse, I was shooting Raw, and I wasn't paying attention, I put a slower card in, and you know my camera, my 7D had--you know, it has a pretty big internal buffer, but that internal buffer filled up, and it couldn't clear fast enough to write the card.

The next you know the whole camera locked up, and I had to start over from scratch. Richard: Yeah. And sometimes it'll just slow down, and sometimes it'll totally lock up, and it'll fail, and then you have to restart the camera and go through your settings. So really in that case, having a faster card comes in handy. I'll typically go 300x on up, although I have shot Raw time-lapse to 133x cards. Typically though, I can't do a faster interval than, say, a 5-second shot. Robbie: Right. Richard: Now, another variable is how many slots does your camera have? A lot of the cameras, that I use for time-lapse, have two memory slots.

And so I could set the one card up and then put a secondary card for rollover. So it'll go ahead and write to the second card once the first one is full. That's great because that gives you the ability to shoot longer without having to swap cards or start all over. Robbie: And rustle the camera a little bit. Richard: Yeah. And so I think the final thing I would say is it really comes down back to your post workflow, the post-production side of thing, and this is where JPEG versus Raw kicks in. A lot of people want to use the JPEGs because they are really quick to edit together. You can fire open QuickTime Pro and say make a new image sequence, and it will slam all together, and it's great, and you know, you can use basically free software to do this, and that's fine.

The people who are really doing the high end stuff, are taking the time to shoot Raw, and then they're using tools like Aperture, Lightroom or Photoshop to batch process those Raws and spit them out or even Adobe After Effects, which could pull Raw in, it really though is a huge leap in system performance, like if I pull in a Raw image sequence into After Effects, I can't really do that on my laptop, I got to switch to a desktop computer, or I got to work at such a low quality, and then I hit Render, and I walk away for a while. Robbie: Right, the digital timeout, if you will. Richard: Yes. Robbie: Absolutely.

Richard: So I think it works pretty well. I mean do you want to just recap for our listeners? Robbie: Yeah, I think a few things to pay attention to are determining how long you are going to be shooting for. That's going to determine the capacity of the card that you need. If you're going to be doing say an overnight shoot where you are going to be shooting for 12 hours, you're going to need a big card. The second thing that's going to sort of determine your capacity, but as well as your speed, as well if you're going to be shooting JPEG or Raw, right, obviously JPEG, it's going to be smaller file sizes, and it's not to going to be as bandwidth-intensive on the card. And if you're shooting Raw, that's going to affect the size of the card that you need, but also the bandwidth and the speed of that card that you need.

And then the last thing there is more of your post workflow. If you're going to be shooting Raw, you are going to need a faster card, but also a faster computer when you are going into process that stuff. Richard: Yep! So there you have it. If you're going to be a time-lapse shooter in additional to a DSLR shooter, make sure you pick up some of those faster cards because they will really come in handy. The JPEG workflow is just fine if you are getting started out or you're shooting during day time where you don't have a lot of lighting conditions changing. But if you're dealing with sunrise, sunset or low light shooting, Raw is an absolute saver that just makes things look great.

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