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Old April 25th, 2007, 01:09 AM   #1
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Flower Timelaps and Bee Macro Footage

Just trying out the new cam. Fun.

Stalking a Bee while it mollests my apple tree blossoms
http://208.109.166.78/misc/beetime.zip

Cactus Bloom at 20,000% speed
http://208.109.166.78/misc/cactus8k.mov.zip

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Old April 25th, 2007, 01:46 AM   #2
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problems playing...

looks like the bee time one isn't working. it says searching for data in "beetime.mov" as well as "Newborn.m4a" make sure it's not a ref movie.
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Old April 25th, 2007, 02:28 AM   #3
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That bee footage is really nice. Is that macro with the stock HV20 lens or is there a macro adapter on there? How far from the bee were you?

I wasn't able to open either in quicktime, but they did play fine with the VLC media player.
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Old April 25th, 2007, 04:38 AM   #4
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Great macro footage and time laps. Would love to know how you did both of those. :) Thanks for sharing.

Just like others i had some strange anomalies with the macro footage. But managed to get it to play good enough to watch.
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Old April 25th, 2007, 05:58 AM   #5
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Excellent footage Jason. Especially like the shots of the bee. Must have been a tame bee to let you get that close.
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Old April 25th, 2007, 01:46 PM   #6
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I'm terribly sorry about that guys. I was lazy and edited it all just in quicktime pro and didn't see that i was resourcing the audio track and a 2nd clip instead of imbeding. I had to Save As instead of just Save to flatten it completly. I've tested it in Windows (parallels) as well now and works fine. I updated to link in the first post.

the bee footage was done with the stock lens and handheld. so my camera was about 1 inch from the bee. he paid very little attention to me.
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Old April 25th, 2007, 03:38 PM   #7
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Hey Jas, did you get nervous getting that close to the bee? Nice stuff though.
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Old April 25th, 2007, 04:08 PM   #8
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the bee footage was done with the stock lens and handheld. so my camera was about 1 inch from the bee. he paid very little attention to me.
As a beekeeper, I have to tell you that 'she' paid very little attention to you. (hehe)

Male bees, known as drones, have no stinger, and their proboscis is too short to gather nectar. They do have very large eyes so that they can find the queen to mate with her on her mating flight (the only time she leaves the hive unattended). The sad part is, the male that mates with the queen pays for it with his life. Another sad note for drones is that they can't do any work to maintain the hive so when winter comes and it's time to downsize, guess who gets kicked out into the cold to die.

The reason 'she' paid very little attention to you is because she is not guarding her hive and has no interest in stinging you unless you grab her or she feels like she is getting squished. She will die if she stings and survival instinct means using it as a last resort.

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Old April 25th, 2007, 04:14 PM   #9
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Great info Greg. Thanks.

I didnt get very nervous Ken after the first couple of flowers. I did jump back twice when she flew towards me but that was to get to this other flower. I spent about 8min recording her and must have flew to 20 different flowers in that time.
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Great info Greg. Thanks.
I downloaded the video after my DSL connection came back up. Very nice! This HV20 is a winner afaik.

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Jason, would you be so kind as to break down in more detail how you achieved the time lapse? Was it in camera or post-production? Also, white balance and aperture don't seem to be changing as the light changes. How did you adjust that?

Thanks a lot.
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Old April 26th, 2007, 01:20 AM   #12
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I set the camera infront of the flower for 1 hour and hit record. I set the aperture manually to F8 and set Manual focus. I then imported my footgate into final cut and dragged my video onto the timeline and rightclicked on the clicp and selected speed and entered 60000%. Saved it out as a MOV. I didn't touch white balance in camera or post. it was set to automatic.

I did a new time lapse today of just one flower.

http://208.109.166.78/misc/cactussolo1080p.zip
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very nice Jason. Thanks for sharing in depth info. Its great to learn that your macro stuff was done with a stock HV20 and nothing else! Steller camera. getting your second Timelaps now. :)
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Old April 26th, 2007, 11:56 AM   #14
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Yeah these are fantastic videos! I'm curious what your shutter speed was on the bee video. Downloading your next one, and please keep posting these "stock HV20" videos... it's great to see how things look out of the box. I'm 90% sold on this camera over any other.
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amazing footage

Im am struggling to keep my footage is such sharp focus while zoomed in
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