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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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Another way to invoke motion in your time lapse is to actually move the camera. There are a lot of skate-type systems out there that are often used for video-style shots, but you can use them for time lapse as well. In this case, we've just mounted a photography head here, making it easy to adjust the camera's position. And then it's on a solid platform with real skate wheels. These wheels make it easy to push the camera along. One of the things I like to look for in one of these type of dollies, is the ability to actually adjust these at an angle.
This makes it easy for you to create an angled shot, such as like this, to create an arcing movement. Or, position both things there to create more of a slide at a diagonal. This opens up a whole wealth of possibilities as you angle the different wheels on the shots to create arcs or circles, as well as straight movements. All in all, this system suffers from the same problems that some of our other manual systems do, which is that you're going to have to continue to inch this along, slowly pushing it.
You're not going to get a very precise movement, but you will get movement. And this is really an ideal solution for something more akin to stop motion animation. It works, it's affordable, but it only works so well.
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