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What can make a time-lapse video even more dramatic? Camera moves. By moving the camera between each exposure, you can include an additional element of dynamism to a time-lapse video.
In this course, author Rich Harrington is joined by time-lapse video expert Keith Kiska. Together, they explore the hardware, software, and creative decisions involved in creating moving time lapses, while on location in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rich and Keith detail the types of motion that you can add to a time-lapse video, from basic movement of the camera to left-to-right, sliding, and two- or three-axis movements with high-end, motorized rigs. They also demonstrate hardware add-ons in a variety of price ranges, and show the post-production techniques that yield the highest quality.
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Now that we have our slider set up, it's time to program the move. Each manufacturer is slightly different but the core concepts are the same. You have your start point, you have your end point, and you have to make sure that your camera is communicating. So, now we're going to program our move. We want to first find our start point. So, we find out exactly where we want our time-lapse shot to start. So, for this case, we're going all the way to the end of the track over here. Some systems are fast, some are slow. And, we might want to tilt up a little bit, and pan to the right.
I make sure all my settings are on manual, and then I program my start point. Now that I have my start point set up, I'm going to find my end point. And for this scenario, we're going to go all the way, the full length of the entire slider itself. And once I reach the end, I stop it. And now I find exactly where I want my shot to end with the panning and tilting. So, I tilt it downward a little bit and I pan to the right, to create a parallax effect. And, the focus should already be set and everything should be ready to go.
And then I program the end points, and now I'm ready to go. So, once I set up my shot, now I have to make sure that my camera is talking to the head. This cable here allows for the head to speak directly to my camera, allowing it to move in very small increments and then fire a shot. And then move again and then fire a shot. This is known as shoot-move-shoot, and it produces the best results for a time lapse. So, now that we have everything set up and ready to go and everything is double-checked, let's actually start our time lapse and take a look at the results.
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