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Old March 17th, 2004, 10:58 AM   #1
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5 1/2 minute short, Torres y Nubes...

...or Towers and Clouds, shot in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia.

Torres y Nubes

This steaming clip is about 13MB. The original is 400MB in WM9 HD at 1280x720.
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Old March 17th, 2004, 11:15 AM   #2
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Beautifull, i love timelapse. looks like something they would have playing on a hd tv in a electronics store...you know what i mean? those nature demos. I love the one with the sun flickering through the clouds and the rain builds up on the lens..awesome.
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Old March 17th, 2004, 12:07 PM   #3
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Thank you, it is a beatiful place. I was lucky to get good weather during the four days I was there.
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Old March 18th, 2004, 08:10 AM   #4
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Beautiful! Especially the beginning and ending sections. With
what camera did you shoot this? I'm always wondering how
people are setting exposure on timelapse where the sun is
coming up. Any tips on that?
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Old March 18th, 2004, 09:48 AM   #5
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Thank you, I'm glad you liked it.

It was all shot with a Canon G5 5-megapixel digital camera set to medium resoultion (1600x1200). The camera shoots at about 1.5 seconds per frame in continuous mode while storing on its compact flash card (a 1GB CF card can hold about 90 minutes worth).

To get a shot I would set the exposure, attach a device I made to hold the shutter button down, and place the camera on my hotel room windowsill on a pocket tripod. Since I was using a constant exposure, there is some variation in brightness over the course of time.

I processed the individual frames in Photoshop using batch actions - correcting exposure, cropping, and converting to 1280x720. Further correction was done in Premier with level effects and cross dissolve over some manual changes in exposure.

In other sunrise/sunset work I've done I connect the camera to a laptop computer and control the camera's timing with the laptop, setting the camera to autoexposure and saving the images to hard disk. This works much better over the course or a full sunset/sunrise with its wider range in light.

I am also working on my own software to control the exposure over time.
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Old March 18th, 2004, 10:28 AM   #6
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Sounds neat. The original "uncompressed" images must be jaw
dropping I'd imagine!
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Old March 18th, 2004, 12:48 PM   #7
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Yes, the original WM9 HD is stunning to watch, but it can only be shown on a computer monitor. I need a practical way to display it on a large screen HD TV.
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Old March 19th, 2004, 05:21 AM   #8
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There is a new DVD player out that can playback WM9 HD
footage. See these threads for some more info:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=19550
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=22307
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Old March 19th, 2004, 01:29 PM   #9
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Looks great! Did you speed it up at all with Premiere or is it at the speed shot? Which would be 45 times realtime it was shot a frame every 1.5 seconds (that is if I can still do basic math correctly)

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You're right the basic speed is 45x realtime. But on some shots I decimated the source images by 2 or 3 (i.e taking every other frame of every third frame) and renumbering the stills before loading into Premiere. I've had bad luck with changing the speed of image sequences in PremierePro - the crash and burn kind - I hate it when it does that.
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Old March 20th, 2004, 05:19 AM   #11
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Another WM9 HD DVD player
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Old March 27th, 2004, 03:24 AM   #12
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Just wanted to say, I reallly enjoyed your movie. It's really quite inspiring.

Also goes to show that there are some very beautiful places in this world.

Thankyou for sharing that reminder :)
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