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Mar 06, 2009 15:44 |  #1

Hi guys! I borrowed a plant from the University Greenhouse and I want to make a high definition time lapse of it growing up with my 30D. This is going to entail some problems because I am not sure to get a timer set up with it. I have the 30D battery grip so the battery life should be alright for 1000 or 2000 shots. Do you guys have any suggestions for how I can get the timer set up? I don't have a release cable or anything, but I do have the EOS utility. I am also using a macbook, which I will have setup as well.

I would like suggestions for how to get it to record a photo maybe every 2 or 3 hours, without buying expensive hardware, unless of course you can think of some cheap <50 dollar equipment that could help me do this.

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Mar 06, 2009 15:50 |  #2

the software canon gives out for free EOS utility, has a little timer feature where you can set up x ammount of shots and x time in between each shot, i think thats what you're looking for..


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Mar 06, 2009 15:50 |  #3

EOS utility should be all you need for the capture
http://cpn.canon-europe.com …n_software/eos_​utility.do (external link)
I'd imagine one of the iLife tools that should have come with your Mac can take care of combining the images into a movie.


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Mar 06, 2009 19:17 |  #4

Thanks guys, the EOS Utility is working pretty well so far. Now I just need to set this thing up in the window. The plant may grow 1 or 2 inches in a day depending on how much sun there is, so hopefully it will turn out ok.




  
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Mar 06, 2009 22:44 |  #5

Adobe Premiere Elements should be able to create a movie from several still images. I haven't tried it but it supports importing jpeg files and choosing the duration of each still image in your movie. The Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 user guide that I have says you need the still image files to use RGB mode for color management and a frame size at least as large as the frame size of your movie but not larger than 4000x4000 pixels.


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Mar 06, 2009 22:51 |  #6

here are some links for you:
- http://www.haworth-village.org.uk …ial/making-time-lapse.asp (external link)
- http://photojojo.com …o-time-lapse-photography/ (external link) < - - - read step #5

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Mar 08, 2009 11:07 |  #7

I'm interested to see your final results. Post it when you are done.

Another option you could have used is the TC-80N3 wired remote. It has timer features built into it. But it's kind of costly.

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Mar 08, 2009 14:24 |  #8

I have already been experimenting with the EOS Utility and using quicktime pro, which I bought. I really like the quicktime pro, but the plant seems to to growing over night as well, so I think I am going to just put my Viviar flash on top with some brand new batteries and take notes on paper instead of on my laptop, especially with the price of that canon remote :O




  
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Mar 08, 2009 14:29 |  #9

just to tell you, with time lapse, it's better to have too many photos than not enough. 2-3 hours is a bit excessive on the short end, to get a single second of video you need two days.... go for 15min intervals and then you can always speed it up in the processing.


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Mar 08, 2009 14:43 |  #10

OK I just uploaded one of my attempts so far to Mobile Me, http://gallery.me.com/​ben.villarreal/100571 (external link) so let me know what you guys think. This is not quite the effect I wanted by the way, so I think I may just cut it down to recording 1 image every half hour or 2 hours with the flash. Right now I was doing this at once every 30 seconds at first then the last second or so was at every 1 minute and 30 seconds, but I want the plant growing not just wriggling around :)




  
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Mar 08, 2009 17:09 |  #11

It's interesting the way plants, which we mostly think of as stationary (except such things as the Venus fly trap and similar) are performing a ballet of movement, only so slowly that we can't detect it with our eyes.

Love your results, even though it wasn't what you were looking for.



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Mar 08, 2009 17:24 |  #12

yeah thats pretty awesome.


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Mar 08, 2009 18:46 |  #13

if I were you I would spent some money on TC-80N3 remote and just leave the camera on its own without computer connected. secondly that sample looks ok but I wouldn't use that tight crop. I would shoot much wider and crop the photos later in the processing if needed => as you can see in that sample leaves are already outside the frame...


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Mar 08, 2009 19:10 |  #15

Very interesting...Nice job!


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