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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:05 pm 
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Does anyone have much experience with these things? I'm sort of interested in hooking up a intervelometer to my 50D or 5D to make some timelapse video. I've never done this before, and hoped somebody has some insight.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:40 pm 
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Not really done it myself, but my ebay remote timer can do it (delay, exposure, interval), plugs in the remote socket. Believe if you use a USB cable to laptop you can do it that way too.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:58 am 
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Well, I just ordered one. And now typing this, I realized I forgot to use the amazon link here. :oops:

I'm going to start simple with short sequences. My computer (being 32-bit XP dual-core and only 2GB RAM) won't be able to handle monster HD videos. I figure I should use the small picture size (3.8 MP for 50D or 5-ish MP for 5D) since even at HD, it's just 2MP output. (Unless I wanted some serious cropping or panning).

All I have is Windows Movie Maker XP for now. The version I have seems to only output up to 720x480, and when making a slide show, each slide takes up 4 frames minimum, which will result in 7.5 FPS video. Not the greatest, but can still be useful to practice with. I'll probaby need a better PC before tackling anything HD anyways.

I've seen alot of vids with exposure flickering. Outside of manual adjustments (one frame at a time), I'm guessing I'd have to find specialized software to iron those out more easily. I suppose if I shoot in full manual mode and lock it down would reduce most of it... but I've heard electronic apertures add their own flicker, too.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:50 pm 
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OK, I did a quickie test.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo50S9wETEc

I realize a few things. I need better software so I can run at something higher than 8FPS and 480p res.

Also need to digitally iron out the shakes from passing trucks and wind.

Also need a ND filters to get the shutter speeds down for motion blur.

Does anyone have decent advice on some simple software that could do the above?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:00 pm 
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Another test. I wanted to do a sunrise, so I set up for 100 shots in 36 sec intervals for an hour. Looking back, I should've done 300 @ 12 sec to get a decent 10 sec clip if I ever redid it at 30fps. Liven and learn. It was very windy, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPSbS894To8


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:19 pm 
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There are a multitude of tools that work well for intervalometers.

1) I mainly use a Meike Battery grip, you can see it in use here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3QD3H5CO24 All you need is the grip, and you're good to go.

2) Chainfire's DSLR Controller also works great on Android devices. You can control everything from photos to videos, and gives you a 2nd monitor. All you need is the app, a cheap connector, and the USB cable that came with your camera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZqTUTtg7QY

3) MagicLantern: Magic Lantern can add a lot of functionality to a Canon camera. They even got the 50D to take videos. I hear it's very safe, and has some great timelapse options, but I haven't tried it yet, so no tutorials / reviews :)

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