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TIME-LAPSE Pousada Vivenda Maria do Mar – Florianopolis Brazil. from Ricardo Toledo on Vimeo.

The video looks better clicking in: Time Lapse: Pousada Vivenda Maria do Mar, Florianopolis, Brazil.

In my last vacations in a wonderful island called Florianopolis, south of Brazil, I produced my first time-lapse video. I had never produced any kind of video before, and I am very surprised with the results when you have time and dedication to keep studying the technique (with a little portion of luck and feeling photographic!).

Once again, beyond of the time-lapse technique, the basic rules were very important. Some composition rules, colors, light and expertise with the equipment were wide applied in the video production. (I have told some post about them, take a look in the previous posts anytime).

The first step was choose the subject! It is obvious, but it isn’t simple when you need to consider music timing (how each video sequence is connected with the rhythm of the music), how is your principal message and how long is your video. I spent a couple of days with the planning, searching musics, thinking about the sequences, photo techniques, light, period to take photos, etc.

A time-lapse video is a direct application of photographic techniques. A lot of pictures are taken in seconds or minutes lapse between them. It results an effect very interesting and very fluid between video planes.

If the first step and principal rule is the planning, the second is the execution! You will need a good tripod to your camera, or a good and safety place to keep your camera immovable for a long time (usually few minutes or some hours, in agree with your project). In the video above, each sequence was taken with 20 to 30 minutes long, with the pictures taken with 3 to 10 seconds lapse. It results in sequences with 5 to 10 seconds long when you mixed them in 24 fps (high quality). In total were taken about 5,000 pictures.

It is essential that you camera has an automatic shutter timer controlled. Some cameras, like de D7000 Nikon has this feature included, or you can buy a timer camera control shutter (look at Amazon.com for a lot of models). It is also possible to use your computer and any software to control the intervals between each picture, connected directly in your camera (a good example is the Sofortbild software).

After you have taken your pictures, you need to start to compose your final video. For each video plan, I used the Lightroom software to develop the pictures and to produce the video plans with 24 fps quality. I had 10 video plans, and I mixed them with iMovie software in a MacBook Pro, and added the music and the video transitions.

This is the third big issue. To make the final video! The processing to adjust the timing music, video plans and transitions to make the final shape demands a lot of hours in front of your computer. Be patience and keep your focus!

The Time-Lapse is a great technique, combining photography and video to produce interesting movies. Take your camera, planning your project and remember: Keep Shooting!

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And you? Have you produced time-lapse videos? Feel free to share with us your experience and comments!