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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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Just as you can manually pan a camera, you can manually push a camera on a slider. There's a wealth of sliders out there for video work, and you can use them for time lapse. What I recommend is getting it attached to a tripod so it's on a stable surface. Now, this has a thread here on the bottom, nice and simple to use. I'll just put that on there and give it a gentle spin. Now, make sure that this stays aligned, and be careful as you rotate that on so you don't strip the threads. Here we go, a little bit of a helicopter-type movement.
There we go. And, of course, it's pointed in the wrong direction, so I'll just swing the tripod around. Now, at this point, I need a head on here to hold the camera. Attach a tripod head that works with your standard photo system. And a camera body. Take the camera and attach it to your head, and just tighten it in. Now, in this case I'm going to take advantage of the articulating screen, make this a little bit easier. That allows me to angle it so I can see the shot. Simple enough, and now it's just a matter of slowly pushing this along.
You'll use the intervalometer settings and just nudge that a small amount each time. As you can see this is a very tedious process, and it's difficult to get precise movement because you're dependent on inching that along. I recommend that you simply push with one or two fingers slowly, and just creep it along and that would get you the shot. Now, just like the manual pan, the manual slide is a slow method and the results it gives you are fairly inconsistent.
But, if this is the only type of equipment you have, it's worth giving it a shot so you can get some basic familiarity with the concept of movement. However, I think once you see some of the motorized solutions, whether it be a budget or a full-scale slider with panning, tilting, and all sorts of other remote controls, you're going to be hooked.
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