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Old November 14th, 2006, 03:17 PM   #1
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does the A1 have time-lapse(interval) recording?

does the A1 have time-lapse(interval) recording? (like the one the Sony V1U has)

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Old November 14th, 2006, 04:02 PM   #2
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Nope. Not that I've came across.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 04:04 PM   #3
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i believe, because of the long GOP recording structure of HDV its not possible in HDV mode.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 05:24 PM   #4
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Does it have interval in DV mode?
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Old November 14th, 2006, 05:44 PM   #5
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No, it does not have an intervalometer in DV mode, either. As far as I know, there isn't a single HDV camcorder with a built-in intervalometer. The older SD camcorders that have this feature will give you at best about 15 frames at once; there has never been a proper "single frame" intervalometer on any tape-based camcorder. Time lapse with DV or HDV is best done with a FireStore FS-4 Pro, which allows for proper single-frame recording at a wide variety of intervals.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 08:39 PM   #6
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Now I'm confused... if time-lapse recording isn't possible with HDV camcorders, then why does the Sony V1U have it?

Did Sony make a mistake when it wrote this in the V1U's list of features?

HVR-V1U - Creative Features: ...."Interval Recording, for Time Lapse Effects"
http://bssc.sel.sony.com/Broadcastan...Model?id=85966

Edit: perhaps Sony meant that time-lapse is possible with the Sony hard drive unit?
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Old November 19th, 2006, 09:12 AM   #7
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or, hook up your firewire to your mac. iMovie offers programable time-lapse recording. I'm a dedicated FC Studio user, but i was playing around with iMovie one day when I found this feature. it works great for programmed interval timelapses.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 09:31 AM   #8
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Even on their highest end Digital SLR's, the Canon EOS 1Ds, ringing in at $7K, does not have time lapse. This is only possible via their remote capture software when hooked up via firewire to a laptop.

I haven't read, but do know canon has remote capture software specific for these camcorders, perhapes it's a similiar solution?
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Old November 19th, 2006, 12:51 PM   #9
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Article about Time lapse on V1

My first post here on this trememdous site with a wealth of infomation.

I'm trying to decide between the Canon A1 and the Sony V1 (as I'm sure several others are in the same boat). I've read most everything I can find about the two cams. Trying to get the positives/ negative btw the two. So far I'm leaning towards the Canon, but haven't made a decision and will probably wait until a complete review of a production V1 (or better yet a comparison between A1 and V1) becomes available.

However, in my research I did remember specifically a short blurb about the time lapse funct on the Sony here...

http://www.eventdv.net/Articles/Read...rticleID=11993


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Old November 19th, 2006, 12:57 PM   #10
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As DSE points out in that article, the intervalometer function is rather limited. The shortest "burst" is 30 frames. For proper time-lapse, you really need single frame recording, and you can't do that with a tape-based camcorder, especially in the HDV format. I don't know how useful it'll be as a "poor man's intervalometer," but the best way to do time-lapse is with single-frame recording on a portable hard disk recorder such as the FireStore FS-4 Pro models.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 01:06 PM   #11
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Seems it's possible with the new canon console software:

http://www.usa.canon.com/app/html/XL..._buttons.shtml

(About 7th paragraph down).
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Old November 19th, 2006, 11:12 PM   #13
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Im a little confused also. Original post said time lapse and seems to have gone off in a stop motion tangent.

Time lapse is totally possible on HDV. There is no specific interval recording function. But you can record an hour of footage on one tape and if need be Johnny on the spotch to switch out tapes every hour for as many as is needed. Then simply speed your footage up on your NLE. Granted it takes a few taped but completely do able if needed.

Ive seen some great time lapse from the H1.
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does the A1 have time-lapse(interval) recording?
According to the chart at the following link the A1U has interval recording in photo mode of 1, 5 or 10 minutes per picture. Then just import the pictures into a video timeline and you're good to go...

http://www.sonyhdvinfo.com/article.p...HC1-and-HVR-A1
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Old November 20th, 2006, 04:23 AM   #15
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That's the Sony HVR-A1 rather than the Canon XH-A1...

I don't know what interval rate the V1 does, but if its most frequent setting is also 1 "photo" per minute that's too infrequent for anything aesthetically creative (like cloudscapes for example).

Film is a different matter, but as has previously been suggested, you're better off recording in real time (tape or HD) and speeding up in post.
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