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Old September 22nd, 2005, 02:48 PM   #1
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Has anyone done time lapse with a Z1? If so, how did you set it up to do so?
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 08:09 PM   #3
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thanks for the links I thought I was just missing the menu somewhere. Looks like I get to spend some more money to get it done the way I want.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 12:09 PM   #4
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New time lapse device

Hi all;

For normal time lapse, I record in real time and speed up in post, but for long time lapse recording of more than an hour, I'm putting together a system that mounts to the tripod and trips the video camera's record button at timed intervals. It is a 12 volt DC system that uses an interval timer and a solenoid to depress the record button. When I finish the prototype I plan to develop it and market it, as it can be used on any video camera. I think it will sell for less than $100.00. Or I might sell plans if anyone is interested. I am also thinking it might be fun to set it up as a "critter cam" to record wildlife with a proximity sensor to start the recording. It would truely be a portable system with the 12 volt power and run for a long time on a motorcycle battery. Any interest?
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Old September 26th, 2005, 02:55 PM   #5
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Gary,

In my experiences, I've found that doing any kind of time lapse where the camera starts recording by having someone (or in your case, something) push the record button is not the best approach. Especially with a machine, pushing the button on the camera will likely result in the camera moving slightly, which could cause undesirable effects over the course of a long time lapse.

Instead, I would recommend finding a way to accomplish this through a LANC controller. This way, there's no risk of the camera jittering or moving because the record button is never physically pressed.

Post some links when you get your project going! I'm interested to see it.

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Old September 26th, 2005, 06:58 PM   #6
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a specially designed chipset connected to a LANC cable would do the trick.
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