After posting my time-lapse video the other day I made several observations. First, it seems that anyone interested in learning time-lapse starts off by making a video of leaf-raking. There are TONS of them out there on YouTube. The most common soundtracks were Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance” or Boots Randolph’s “Yakkety Sax.” Here I’ve made a short playlist that contains no less than 19 Youtube videos, all of time-lapse leaf raking.
Leaf raking/blowing obsession aside, here are some other observations I’ve made…
1. Video vs Images
Video is really just a series of moving images, or frames, so the “versus” implied in the above heading is false. However, there is a distinction in how certain apps and cameras treat time-lapse. Some capture a series of images using an intervalometer. Those images are single, stand-alone photographs, which then must be combined into a time-lapse video using another piece of software such as Lightroom or iMovie. Others capture the images in the same fashion, but software within the camera or the app automatically renders the video, which can be output as a .AVI, .MP4, or .MOV file.
If you capture a series of images before they are processed into a video there are more steps involved, but you’ve got much, much more control over the video. You can adjust the images for exposure and add other effects such as HDR (if you want). You also have greater control over frame rate and other video aspects. (more…)