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Flow-Mow for the GoPro

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Flow-Mow for the GoPro

If you're a regular watcher of lynda.com titles, you've probably noticed that I love GoPro cameras. They're a lot of fun, I can get great shots, They're small, portable, easy to use. But one of the things I've always like about them is their built in time lapse. However, a stationary GoPro's not very interesting. Enter, a couple of different solutions. Essentially egg timers that spin and turn the camera slowly over time. I have two of them here. This first one here is called a flow-mow, and it rotates 360 degrees and takes two hours to spin backwards.

This next one is the camalapse, and it's the same sort of idea except it takes an hour to turn those 360 degrees. These two units perform exactly the same way. Two units, different manufactures, the only big difference is that this one takes an hour to turn 360, and this one takes two hours. Now, what I like to do is mount these to something, like this gorilla pod. Makes it super easy to attach to any surface. I could hang this out a hotel window. Wrap it around a tree.

Set it on the floor of a desert. Just about anywhere. These Joby GorillaPods are super easy to position and wrap around a subject, as well as adjust to really get things right. And what I like with the head here, you can release that and then easily adjust this. So, hang it out a window or around a tree. No problem. Just adjust the head so it's pointing the right direction. And this really gives you the flexibility that you need. Literally, flexibility. Once you have that, it's a piece of cake.

You simply turn the unit, and let it go. You can literally hear the egg timer ticking. And using the intervalometer settings in the GoPro, it's very easy to make the shot. With the GoPro, the settings are quite simple. Just step into time lapse mode, adjust your interval, and then start the camera. That's all there really is to it. Remember, press the menu button, step into Settings, choose the duration for the interval, and then switch over to time lapse mode and let it shoot.

This type of setup is super small and compact, I gotta admit, even when I'm traveling for business or for pleasure and I don't have all my photography gear with me, a gorillapod, one of these heads and a GoPro makes the trip pretty much every time. And this gives me the flexibility to create panning time lapses, just about wherever I go.

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  1. 2m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 21s
  2. 8m 31s
    1. The benefits of motion
      1m 55s
    2. The challenges of motion
      2m 49s
    3. Designing the shot
      3m 47s
  3. 6m 59s
    1. Determining available light
      2m 17s
    2. Cloud-coverage concerns
      1m 4s
    3. Obtaining a permit
      1m 43s
    4. Shooting duration
      1m 55s
  4. 14m 39s
    1. Camera body
      2m 35s
    2. Tripod
      2m 50s
    3. Intervalometer selections
      2m 35s
    4. Memory card selection
      2m 59s
    5. Battery and power requirements
      1m 23s
    6. Modifying the camera to reduce flicker
      2m 17s
  5. 14m 36s
    1. Panning the head
      3m 38s
    2. Skate wheel
      1m 17s
    3. Slider (no power)
      2m 21s
    4. Flow-Mow for the GoPro
      2m 24s
    5. Adding motion in post
      4m 56s
  6. 14m 53s
    1. Designing the shot
      2m 15s
    2. Creating a panning time lapse on a budget
      6m 36s
    3. Creating a sliding time lapse on a budget
      6m 2s
  7. 7m 24s
    1. Designing the shot
      3m 21s
    2. Building the slider
      1m 20s
    3. Three-axis motion
      44s
    4. Creating a sliding "shoot-move-shoot" time-lapse
      1m 59s
  8. 34m 2s
    1. Designing the shot
      2m 9s
    2. Hyperlapse: Low tech
      4m 40s
    3. Hyperlapse: Medium tech (measuring and marking)
      6m 24s
    4. Developing the hyperlapse
      5m 23s
    5. Processing the hyperlapse
      5m 41s
    6. Stabilizing the hyperlapse
      6m 10s
    7. Hyperlapse: Planes, trains, and automobiles
      3m 35s
  9. 20m 59s
    1. Lessons learned
      59s
    2. Moving to post-production
      5m 39s
    3. Dirty lenses
      3m 11s
    4. Reflections
      4m 43s
    5. Organizing footage
      6m 27s
  10. 50m 57s
    1. Adjusting the raw files with Camera Raw
      4m 54s
    2. Sharpening and noise reduction in Camera Raw
      6m 40s
    3. Adjusting the raw files with LRTimelapse ramping
      6m 4s
    4. Developing the time lapse with Camera Raw
      7m 7s
    5. Using lens profiles
      2m 56s
    6. Using Upright
      5m 35s
    7. Post moves
      3m 33s
    8. Using the camera track to add text
      9m 49s
    9. Flicker reduction
      4m 19s
  11. 3m 23s
    1. Goodbye
      3m 23s

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