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The BEST way to make a TIME-LAPSE

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Setting up the Timelapse

-Use still images rather than video and speeding up the video.
-Use a tripod to make sure everything is steady and pictures come out sharp
-Use an intervelometer
-Decide the interval of how often you want a picture taken.  1 every 3 seconds, 1 every 5 seconds or so on.  How do you decide? depends on how long of a file you want, how long you have, if you want day to night.  1 picture every 5 seconds is usually a good place to start.
-Bring it to your computer to edit into a video.

Editing the images

-open up lightroom to edit one of your images.
-Apply the effect to the rest of the images.  Select every picture and click sync.  This applies the filter to all your images.
-Export and use export as timelapse.  It’s going to take a little while depending on how many pictures you have.

Creating a video file

-Now open Adobe Premiere and select file import and use image sequence.  Click the first photo and it will do the rest and import it as one file.
-You can keyframe the video if you want to add more movement.

Video from Peter McKinnon
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What’s up guys back at the desk it is a
no II Sunday afternoon and I really
wanted to go downtown and shoot and I’m
still going to don’t get me wrong but
today I just didn’t want to die in
pursuit of the next YouTube video so I
thought yeah might be a good idea if I
just stay here and teach you guys
something fun you can mess around it
over the next couple days whatever those
are my thoughts so this is kind of like
a vlog kind of like a vlog toriel like
I’m just hanging out we’re just hanging
out and having a good Sunday afternoon
might be Monday by the time you guys
seen this but yeah who’s counting who I
am obviously ok so I think what I want
to do for this video today is teach you
guys how I view time lapses and wow it
is really smelling is there literally
every single person is on the street
shoveling their driveway except for me
like upset are things to do we got
videos to make people come on priorities
why at all you the time-lapse I just
like them because they look dope they’re
great little pieces to put into a travel
video if you’re making it you went on
vacation it was an incredible sunset you
want to show that in you know the end of
your video or whatever I’m going to show
you how I do it now it’s not the best
way it’s not the only way so for
everyone that’s going to comment go you
know you could just use I know there’s a
thousand ways to do this same thing okay
this is just how I do it and this is the
reason I use images I used still images
for my time-lapse instead of actually
just recording video at the time left
here’s two examples take a look at this
footage right here this footage is shot
downtown at my friend’s apartment and I
shot it at night mind you okay but it
was on a tripod everything was set
perfectly was weighted down I took every
precaution to make it look as cool as I
could now all I did for this one was
just roll video I just rolled the video
for like 20 to 30 minutes and then when
I got it back into post I bet enough to
like two thousand percent and now you
have a time-lapse but it just doesn’t
look this just there isn’t that like 3d
depth
to it that I want opposed to a time
lapse like this look at this one this
was done earlier in the day you guys saw
this in the last vlog called private
flight in the city this time up looks
way better now why does it look way
better because I use skill images to
thread this one together versus just
letting the camera roll for 30 minutes
now letting the camera roll for 30
minutes is the easy and fast and quick
and dirty way to do it and have I done
that absolutely sometimes that’s all you
have time for and just want to get it
done you don’t have the harddrive space
or you don’t get shit oh so you just
roll camera smartphones now have time
lapse mode built into them like the
iPhone just shows a time-lapse and then
it gives you the finished sped up file
and you’re kind of stuck with that but
still images is the way to go you’re
going to set up your camera on a tripod
make sure it’s on a tripod because you
don’t want you don’t want to move you
want to blow in the wind or move when
someone walks by it okay weigh it down
if you have to and then you need to use
an intervalometer this is the Canon
version which is highly overpriced
I bought it way back when I worked the
camera shop so I got it on like staff
discount for weight less you probably
don’t need to buy the Canon model just
because it’s like it’s silly how much
money they charge for it I’ll drop a
link to the time-lapse remote that does
the exact same thing for way less fight
on Amazon I’ll link it below you plug it
in and what it does is overrides the
camera so that you can take a picture
every three seconds without anything
happening every five seconds every six
seven eight you decide the interval of
how many photos you want taken per
second now the reason you want to do
that is because do you want it every 30
seconds so that you don’t have as many
files or do you want it every two
seconds if you capture the most amount
of detail so for that time lapse that
you see right here during the day I did
a photo every three seconds now I had
this out on their balcony it was the
evening was getting really cold outside
I only had one battery my camera by the
time I got back from flying and dinner
my camera was dead so keep that in mind
if you’re going to let it go from day to
night or you want that and day to night
transition or stay the night back today
we’re going to need lots of batteries
you need lots of memory card space
you’re going to be
you know you got to stick around because
you don’t want to come back and just see
that it died like I did have a super
bummed out and I don’t even want to talk
about it we could just stop once you
have all those files you’re going to
bring them into the computer okay –
check this ever settle time lapse folder
here boom these are all the images from
that time lapse
now that time lapse was only like seven
seconds and I have like 1300 images here
from that time lapse and they’re big
images like a weak command I this it’s
five megabytes the picture 57 60 by 38
40 right so that’s like a 5.7 K file if
we were to leave this full size we’re
not going to do that because I don’t
need it to be that high res okay this is
the internet and I mean it’s dope it’s
badass don’t get me wrong but it just
sounds a little overkill – check this
out so these are the photos and you can
see you can go through them you can
arrow through them and you can see that
not much is moving the next step is
editing this now when you color graze
your footage I use Premiere Pro as other
apps I use as well but I’m I’m going to
do a second video on color grading what
I like about using images for time lapse
is that you can edit that photo in
Lightroom get it how you want think that
edit across all your photos and now
you’ve got a beautifully edited image
synced across your entire time lapse
that you’re going to bring into premiere
and then some it’s done we’ve got this
insane looking super high detail
ridiculous time lapse that’s just money
is what it is
open up Lightroom dude
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one week later import desktop time lab
images a lot of images once you have
them all selected click import and you
wait go crack a beer or ginger beer it
will crack anything we crack your
knuckles while we wait for this to
import I’ll solve the Rubik’s Cube
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and done so is this
once it has imported all of your photos
go up here to the develop module and
boom here we have our entire set of
photos the first things first just go
through and start tweaking it however
you want your end time lapse to look
there you go that looks so much better
quick little tip on fact if you will
right below your delete key to slash if
you get the flash it shows you the
before and you hit it again to shows you
the after so you can cycle back and
forth between that so much fun I will
probably stick your doing this in the
next five minutes – now that you’ve done
that this is what we’re going to do and
this is what I mean by syncing your edit
across your entire set of photos but
you’re going to select the very first
frame then you’re going to scroll all
the way to the end now look at all of
these so many photos all the way to the
end hold down shift click the very last
photo then down here at the bottom of
the screen where my mouse is circling
right now you’re going to hit sync and
you’re just going to hit synchronize and
it’s going to take every edit that you
just made on that very first photo and
it can apply the exact same presets to
every single photo in your step if your
time lapse transitions through a sunset
into the evening and the light gets
softer and then the lights are coming on
and then it gets darkened night time you
might not want to think that same edit
across your entire set because your
photos change so much you might want to
sync it across the first 500 and then
sync a different edit that kind of help
you know tweak the photo as it
transitions through sunset into night
time and you’d think that okay so that
makes sense because my battery died
before I could get to night time on this
time last
I’m still I’m still salty about that my
wife says I’m too old to use the term
salty so now that we’ve done that we
cycle all the way back to the beginning
hit command a selects all of them file
export and we can export to time-lapse
and let’s make a new folder and call
them Sunday Saints yo create and then
we’re going to choose that’s we want to
drop them all off and we’re going to
export all of them and at this point we
go crack a crack your knuckles might
take a while because you know you’re
exporting 13-hundred separately edited
shots ok so it’s probably going to take
10 to 15 minutes depending on your
computer speed ok after you export all
your photos out of Lightroom you’re
going to open up premier we’re going to
do the rest of stitching to actually
create the time-lapse in here and create
a new project for the call this
time-lapse well like a beast okay okay
first let’s take a look at all the files
that we just exported from later time
lapse fun de-stank
there we go they are all in sequence in
a numbered order right so they all
ascend 3 4 5 6 all the way up they all
go in order if you just hit file import
select the very first image of all of
your images and make sure image
sequences check if it’s not checked
you’ll be able to highlight them all and
bring them all in individually that’s
not what we want make sure image
sequence is checked just click the first
photo and hit import and what that’s
going to do is drag the whole thing in
as you can see here one file ok when you
drop that clip into your timeline as you
can see it is just one file instead of
having 1,300 separate frames I want to
add a little bit more movement to this
time-lapse so that it starts punched in
a little bit and by the end it zooms out
so we got the movement of everything
happening in the time-lapse plus the
movement we’re going to keyframe into
this sequence let’s start off by
trimming the front of this clip just
since my tripod I was setting it up so
it’s like a little bit roof
getting what we’re going to do is click
on this and we’re going to zoom in on
that image we’re going to go into like a
hundred and one hundred and thirty five
percent and then we are going to click
on scale a little stopwatch that says
scale up here in the corner that’s going
to set a keyframe at the very beginning
first frame of this clip zoomed in at
135 when we bring our playhead all the
way to the end to the very last frame
here we are going to change that scale
back to a hundred and that’s going to
automatically set another keyframe at a
hundred so by the time that video starts
and gets to the end it’s gone from one
hundred and thirty five percent down 120
110 and it’s zoom itself out to a
hundred which is the actual full size of
the frame last thing is we just need to
speed this up a little bit because it
does take let’s see put this at the very
beginning time-lapse is over 42 seconds
long to finish and we want it to be like
five to ten seconds to really capture
some of the tension straight off so
click on the clip in your timeline hit
command J that’s going to open up your
speed duration and let’s start by
changing it to 1500 seeing how that does
so now that is two seconds probably way
too fast so it looks pretty good but me
a little bit too fast we’re gonna
command dead which undoes that Kenzie
dead depending realists take command J
again and let’s go with 900 900 brings
that to about almost 5 seconds if we
play that back take a look that looks
pretty good hit I to make your endpoint
on the first frame you’re going to drag
this playhead to the last frame you’re
going to hit Oh makes your out point go
here to file export media so that opens
up this dialog box here now if you’re
going to upload this YouTube you’re
going to click where it says preset up
top you’re going to scroll to the very
bottom and hit YouTube 1080
HD but because these files are huge you
could also export that at for King we’re
just going to go 1080p here because I
don’t need to be overkill but that’s
essentially it now you have a finished
time-lapse that if you export it like we
just did then you can bring that back
into another project and actually use it
as just a regular clip as part of a
project so I hope all that made sense
it’s actually pretty easy when you think
about it and there you have our finished
time-lapse which you can now use to drop
into any project in the future save that
file and you’re good to go so that’s it
everyone hope you guys enjoyed our
little Sunday afternoon session vlogs
tutorial something whatever whatever
this is hope you guys had fun thanks for
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the next video because I actually have
some great stuff planned it’s just this
freakin snow needs to stop so I can
actually go do it see you next time

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