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Jim Rog September 11th, 2005 03:47 PM

Can the Sony FX1 do Time Lapse recording?

Please can someone advise me if the Sony FX1 can do Time Lapse recording? If not is there any device out there that I can buy to give it this ability?

Thanks for any help

Douglas Spotted Eagle September 11th, 2005 04:01 PM

With a LANC control, you can do timelapse with the FX1, yes. The cam itself cannot.

Jim Rog September 11th, 2005 04:06 PM


Thanks for the quick reply

Where can I find out more info about LANC control? is this software or hardware? And with this can I have full control time lapse with the fx1?


Boyd Ostroff September 11th, 2005 04:38 PM

First you need to define what "time lapse" means to you. I have a VX-2000 and PDX-10 and they do something called "interval recording." This is somewhat crude in that the minium setting shoots something like 1/2 second of video every 30 seconds. That would give good results when you want to speed things up by a factor of 1000x (like watching a full day in less than a minute) but it doesn't look good for shorter events like a sunset or the movement of clouds in the sky.

For those kinds of things lasting an hour or less, any camera will give you good time lapse results. Just tape normally and speed up in post. It has the disadvantage of requiring you to capture the full tape, but you'll get smooth motion.

I don't know about high definition software, but if you want to shoot in SD mode then there's software which will capture time lapse over firewire as well - see BTV Pro for the Mac. I think the FX1 may shut down automatically if a tape isn't running however, so that might be a problem.

Where can you find out about LANC control? I just typed "LANC time lapse" into Google and got many pages of results...

Jim Rog September 11th, 2005 05:26 PM


I want to record 24/48 hours maybe even up to one week over time lapse recording. Yes I did a search on LANC time lapse, but the same as you I got many pages up so thatís what im trying to find out what is LANC? Is this software hardware or another term for time lapse recording?


Boyd Ostroff September 11th, 2005 05:54 PM

LANC is simply a serial protocol whereby devices can commnunicate with camcorders. It is most frequently used for things like zoom and focus controllers that mount on a tripod handle, such as these:


Here's some info on the protocol itself:


Jim Rog September 11th, 2005 06:16 PM

Thanks for the links.

So as far as you know there is no device out there that can somehow connect the FX1 and give it the ability to do time lapse recording apart from software? But if you do it over fire wire then you are stuck with how far the lead can go as it needs to be connected to the computer? or your going to be running into the $$$$ for some fire wire portable device correct?


Boyd Ostroff September 11th, 2005 06:21 PM


Originally Posted by Jim Rog
So as far as you know there is no device out there that can somehow connect the FX1 and give it the ability to do time lapse

No... that was my point about the Google search. It turned up a bunch of things, but of course you need to read their specs and see if they meet your needs; I have never used any of these personally.

Armin Obersteiner September 12th, 2005 12:44 AM

have a look here: http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/archive/i...p/t-33925.html

you should be able to try such a controller in a store ...

John Jay September 12th, 2005 06:44 AM

you will need to have something 'gaffered'

heres a link to help you get started


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