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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 6:29 pm 
Okay, so I have like...140 pictures in my timelapse, and I can't afford a dolly.

I was wondering if there was a way to make photoshop crop the images starting from the left side and ending at the right throughout my images to give it the illusion that it is panning.

I know it's possible but I just forgot how.


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 5:25 am 
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Best thing to do would be create an action to shift over the picture.


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 7:51 pm 
Ah, I think that's exactly what I want.

How do I go about doing that, exactly?


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 9:42 pm 
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This might be simpler:

http://revision3.com/pixelperfect/after ... _photoshop


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 10:40 pm 
I downloaded the after effects trial.

I don't think I can afford the entire program after getting photoshop, but maybe I'll finish my movie in 30 days. If not, is there a way to do this in photoshop only?

What do you guys think so far:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_GlRViOxN4

(watch in 1080p)


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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:05 am 
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Nice start.

After effects is really designed for what you're doing. I think with some scripting in Photoshop something similar can be achieved. I was trying out an Action with the move command, but it does not seem readily amenable to looping. There might be hope in using the Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit to automate the process and create a recursive move operation.

With that said, your other option is to Animate and tween frames. So pull out say 25 of the 140 frames in the sequence and move those key frames and then tween between them. It will not be as smooth as a pixel by pixel shift, but it will save some time.

One more thing, if you're going to be a lot of these, then it may actually be more economical to spring for After effects (time value of money!) If you're a student, then I think it makes a whole lot sense to get After Effects, due to the massive discount.


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2C7W3AFVrQ

Why not make a dolly like this? Costs virtually nothing and might just suit your need =)

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