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Old July 19th, 2011, 11:04 PM   #1
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Is there an open-source time-lapse software?

I have a canon rebel XS and I would like to do some time-lapse photography. The XS does not have this built in natively, so I am looking for an alternative. I have heard of some open source stuff, but couldn't track the software down. Any ideas, suggestion or links?
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Old July 20th, 2011, 12:24 AM   #2
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Re: Is there an open-source time-lapse software?

Are you looking for an intervalometer (which automatically makes the camera take photos at set intervals, and has been added to some Canon DSLR's via a firmware hack) or are you looking for software which compiles all the photos you've taken into a video file?
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Old July 20th, 2011, 11:54 AM   #3
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Look on the CD that came with the camera. I think it's called "Canon Utilities" but don't quote me. Install that software and it will have the program to allow you to have full remote control of your camera and includes the ability to set up time lapse and save the photos to your HDD on the laptop if you want.

I don't have that exact camera but 3 other Canon dSLRs and what you do is connect the camera to your computer via the USB cable (included with the camera) and then open the software and make your settings.

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Old July 25th, 2011, 08:14 PM   #4
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Re: Is there an open-source time-lapse software?

HI David,

Look into this remote controller (TC 80 N3) for Canon EOS cameras. It is a remote shutter control (you can set it via the remote for exposures longer than 1 second and bulb exposures etc). But, you can also do interval or time lapse images from 1 every second to 1 every 99hrs. Check it out with the link below. B&H sells it much cheaper. You can read the reviews for it there too. I am going to get one as soon as I can afford it with a longer extension cord.

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Old August 1st, 2011, 02:39 AM   #5
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At over $200 the Canon TC-80N3 controller is really expensive. There are any number of seemingly identical copies available for a fraction of the price (down to less than $10) e.g. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=TC-80N3&x=0&y=0 The two cheap non-Canon controllers that I have used with a Canon 5DII worked perfectly for time lapse.
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Old August 1st, 2011, 11:22 PM   #6
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Re: Is there an open-source time-lapse software?

There's also a couple of cheap battery grips available that include an intervalometer. These have the additional bonus of not having to worry about an AC adaptor on long time-lapses, because you have double the battery life.

Or you could use Magic Lantern for free, which has a time-lapse function.
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I had an off brand intervalometer for my t2i which was about $50 on Amazon which worked perfectly. And it even had an on/off switch which my Canon brand for the 5D/7D doesnt!
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 02:09 AM   #8
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Agree with the above, the cheap timers on eBay work as well as the Canon for a fraction of the price.
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