Saturday, January 16, 2010

Yet Another Date Night...

Natalie and I usually have fancy date nights at fancy places with fancy people and fancy music playing... like this one:

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This is my first foray into timelapse photography. I've always found it extremely interesting... and I hope to tackle some more interesting projects, but I thought this would be a good start.

If you're interested in making your own time lapse photography, here are the tools I used (and a couple I found and didn't have to use).

  1. A webcam. I used a Logitech C200. $30. Available at Walmart.
  2. Webcam Timershot Powertoy for XP-- this saves JPG files at specified intervals from your webcam. I've seen lots of people have problems with the program not detecting webcams, and I've actually had a lot of trouble in the past, but I had no trouble with mine now.
  3. Yawcam-- free webcam software with motion detection, FTP upload... seems very cool. You can even set it up as a quickie security system! I will probably use this in the future because Timershot doesn't support Vista or Windows 7.
  4. JPGVideo-- this takes a series of JPG files and combines them to create a video file.
  5. Windows Movie Maker-- I use this to do editing, video compression, and adding music and effects.

Simple-- and all (except the webcam) free! Hurrah!

3 comments:

50s Pam said...

FANTASTIC! Can I feature this on my blog? Email me! :) Love it!

DanielD said...

Haha, you appear to dress very nicely for one doing home repairs. Maybe it's just me, I don't know.

Natalie at Chadwell Chonicles said...

Gotta look good for the camera. Haha.

Actually, we usually come home and just start working. I seem to forget that I should probably change clothes. At least that's my excuse.