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24 hour time lapse

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  1. CodyS

    CodyS Active Member

    I recently moved up from an original env to the X. Before heading out east for grad school I decided it would be an interesting experiment to try taking a time lapse of the drive itself - three days and 1400ish miles. At some point I'll edit them all together/prettify them, but I thought you guys might like to see the raw footage - all 5 minutes worth.

    The quality is great (make sure to watch in HD), and the X did just fine managing that + calls + podcasts + navigation. It really has become the only device I carry with me...

    Has anyone else tried any other types of time lapse shots? It can be a pain, not being able to move your phone for the duration, but is definitely worth it.

    YouTube - Missouri to MIT - Mobile Time Lapse - Part 1

    YouTube - Missouri to MIT - Mobile Time Lapse - Part 2

    YouTube - Missouri to MIT - Mobile Time Lapse - Part 3

    Ayrow, jreed2560, B@nn3rsb0mb and 3 others like this.
  2. Steven58

    Steven58 Reformed PH VIP Member

    I saw the first one. Brilliant! Thank you for sharing this. (I think I got motion sickness along the way, though. ;))

    +10 for ingenuity!
  3. Darkhan

    Darkhan Well-Known Member

    I agree! Great job! Thanks for sharing.
  4. sund0wn

    sund0wn Well-Known Member

    you drive way too fast. you're going to kill someone.

    seriously though, that was REALLY cool. thanks for sharing!
  5. Steven58

    Steven58 Reformed PH VIP Member

  6. CodyS

    CodyS Active Member

    You got me. I originally wanted to do a legitimate time lapse, but then I realized that if I just drove as fast as an ICBM I could get the same effect by just filming it. SOOOO much simpler.

    Thanks all. :)
  7. Steven58

    Steven58 Reformed PH VIP Member

    lol, again.
  8. C0n57an71n3

    C0n57an71n3 Well-Known Member

    MIT? Congrats.
  9. Steven58

    Steven58 Reformed PH VIP Member

    yes, indeedy. Congrats! :)
  10. B@nn3rsb0mb

    B@nn3rsb0mb Member

    Thats such a cool idea. I might start doing this for all my trips.
  11. FourAndFive

    FourAndFive Active Member

    Awesome man, I love timelapses.
  12. tbert

    tbert Well-Known Member

    Good stuff man. Nice choice of music too. Thumbs up.
  13. CodyS

    CodyS Active Member

    Thanks! If you guys have any ideas for other shots, I'd be up for trying them. Not that we can pull off anything like BBC's Life (see vid below), but I think we could get some excellent shots without expensive equipment. However, I've already rejected the time-lapse while someone sleeps idea. I'd rather not end up in a Paranormal Activityesque film, thank you very much...

    YouTube - BBC Life - Plants (On Location) in HD
  14. passtheflask

    passtheflask Member

    Which app did you use for the time lapse?
  15. CodyS

    CodyS Active Member

    It's called Time-Lapse by Sheado.net. It lets you set how often it will capture a frame, fps, and the quality of the images.

    Only downside is that it will end the current capture whenever you switch apps. I talked with the developers and they indicated that allowing the capture to continue in the background was somewhere on the to-do list, but not a priority. Granted, most of the time switching to another app means you're done. However, while driving I would take a call, switch back to Time-Lapse, and then start up another capture. I could then end the call from the drawer, and thus, didn't have to leave the app.
  16. garylet

    garylet New Member

    What settings did you use?

    Great job!
  17. bigworm410

    bigworm410 Active Member

    What kind of size was the final file? It must have been huge, how did you fit it on a single card?
  18. CodyS

    CodyS Active Member

    I used 1 frame/5 seconds, and then compressed that to 30 frames/second at 1600x1200.

    Each day took about 3gb. In the evenings I would transfer over that day's files to my computer so I never got close to filling up my sd card's capacity. You have to remember, at 1 frame/5 seconds compressed to 30fps you're only managing 1 second of footage for every 2.5 minutes of driving. Over 24 hours of driving that's not even 10 minutes of footage. :)
  19. nycebo

    nycebo Well-Known Member

    Really well done.
  20. McGarrett

    McGarrett Member

    Great idea.

  21. partyflavor

    partyflavor Member

    That was really cool. You inspired me to play around with the "fast-motion" feature on the X. I recorded this on my way home from work driving down the North part of the Las Vegas Strip. My wife called in the middle and I stopped at a gas station, so I used iMovie to edit the three parts together. Then, I sped it up a little bit more to cut down the time. The X also has a slow motion mode. Can't wait to see what else we can do... [eta: it's also in HD if you want to view that version]
  22. BLK MAJK

    BLK MAJK Well-Known Member

    the parking garage at the end was rather dizzying, lol. Cool vid!
  23. alnova1

    alnova1 Well-Known Member

    Anyone having problems playing there videos on there computer? I have a Mac and Quicktime won't play it at all and VLC starts playing it for a few seconds and then just stops. It plays fine on the phone though. :mad:
  24. gvillager

    gvillager Well-Known Member

    A few months ago I had the same problem playing Youtube videos on my Mac. I think YT updated some code on their website and now it's incompatible with older versions of Safari. I downloaded Chrome and the videos play fine now.
  25. CodyS

    CodyS Active Member

    Yeah, I had the same issue on Windows. Convert the files to .avi or whatever your format of choice is with your video converter of choice. Everything should be fine once you do that.

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