Time Lapse Video – First Attempt

by | Feb 15, 2015

I’ve been wanting to do a time lapse video for some time and this weekend decided it was time to give it a shot.

I took out my trusted GoPro Hero 3+Black, set it on top of the window blind and pointed it at our bird feeders. It was about 4 degrees Fahrenheit outside today and the birds were eating pretty heavily. The GoPro shoots a wide angle and even on the narrowest setting I still had a crop a great deal to get what I wanted.

I set the camera to take a photo ever 10 seconds, filled up the feeders and let things go for about 70 minutes.  I ended up with about 420 photos.

  • I imported them into Adobe Lightroom 5 and edited one of the photos and synchronized the rest. I then exported the resulting photos at 1920×1080 resolution (1080p).
  • I imported the resulting photos into Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014, selected them all and set the time for each photo to 0.4 seconds
  • I added a title and the date using the built in tools in Premiere Pro.
  • The camera fell down at one spot during the time-lapse and when I put it back up I didn’t have the exact same angle so I transitioned into that segment.
  • I deleted a few longer sections where there was no activity – about 150 of the 420 (+/-) photos.
  • Then I rendered the final video. I must have messed up one of my export settings as I didn’t end up with a full frame video. Oh well . . .

Here’s the resulting video – all 25 seconds of it with some background music courtesy of YouTube. Keep in mind this is about 1/4 of the actual photo size taken by my GoPro – therefore the less than stellar resolution.

One of my favorite things in the video is how the shadows seem to “slide” across the snow. 70 minutes into 25 seconds.