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Video: Time Lapse-Video

In the August issue of Mac|Life Magazine, I explain how to shoot a sequence of still photos to create a high-definition time-lapse animation for a video. In this video, I combined hundreds of photos from a Whistler ski trip into a demonstration of the technique. I stuck mostly with the basics for this sequence, usually leaving the camera alone while letting a timer take photos every few seconds. However, in the chair-lift shot, I subtly zoomed out as I took pictures. And since the shot with clouds flying over the mountain wasn't as dynamic as I'd hoped, I took advantage of the high- resolution files by blowing up and panning across the view in Final Cut Pro. These shots could establish the pace of a longer video or act as an interlude between scenes captured with a video camera. But however you end up using the footage, try to capture extra clips. It takes patience to set up creative time-lapse scenes, but any extra effort in the field makes a difference in editing.  Check out the video after the jump.

Make Your Own TV Show!

That cable box isn’t going to fill itself.There are hundreds of channels out there, and not all of them can show endless reruns of Who’s the Boss? No, TV-land needs new shows, and lots of ’em.If you’ve spent any time watching what passes for entertainment these days, you’ve probably thought, “Heck, I can do that!” Well, why don’t you, then?