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post #1 of 5 Old Apr 2nd, 2006, 3:23 am Thread Starter
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Cool Time lapse already recorded live footage

I have recorded a few hours of riding of a local ride and it goes for a few hours.ihave copied it from my digital video camera to my dvd recorder and the copy quality is magic.

now what i need to do is take this footage i have and turn it in to a time lapse film and add a song to it.

Any ideas how to take the movie i have shot and convert it somehow to a time lapse video???
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post #2 of 5 Old Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:06 am
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I don't know what software you would use, but regular film is either 24 or 32 frames per second, If I recall correctly.

So to get a one frame per second time lapes shot, you would grab every 24th or 32nd frame and string them together.

It sounds like an interesting idea. Let us know when you get it worked out.

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post #3 of 5 Old Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:29 pm
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Film (cinema motion pictures) is 24 FPS; Digital Video (DV) is 30 FPS, although other video formats do vary. I suspect that some of the higher end video editors probably have a function that will do this, although I have not used them. If your going to try the pluck-a-frame method, make sure the DV is not interlaced. It's probably not if the quality is as good as you say, but it should be easy to check with various freeware utilities on the net, or any decent video editing package. Good Luck!


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post #4 of 5 Old Apr 3rd, 2006, 1:13 am
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You can use Adobe Premiere Elements (can be found for ~$60 after rebate).

They have a "time stretch" function that will expand/speed up a clip based on some percentage. I just tried it and was able to get a 10 minute clip "compressed" into a 10 second clip by doing a 5000% "time stretch" (anything LESS that 100% will expand the clip). Although it was a bit too fast, it demonstrates this program's capabilities. It also allows you to "split" a clip, so if you have one particular scenic area of the ride you can keep it real-time and compress the rest.

I highly recommend this program - it has LOTS of cool video effect functions, DVD functions (menus, etc.), audio functions, etc. - all for what I consider a fairly decent price for the feature set. One word of caution - make sure you have lots of hard drive space (~10 GIG for source files and DVD burn files) and lots of memory (I'm running 2 GIG RAM) - not sure about the processor but I'm running a 2.4 GIG Pentium 4 and it works quite well.

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post #5 of 5 Old Apr 3rd, 2006, 5:22 am Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for your feedback.
i have been hunting on the net and there is a few programs round that are shareware that will do it and everywhere else says Adobe Premiere.

I will keep hunting though. with a bit of luck i *MIGHT* be able to use a web cam snap shot program and point it to my file i have saved on the hdd and that would do the trick...
now to find one that will do the job...

more hunting

and my pc is a 3 ghz hyper thread cpu with one gig of ram and i have a spare 40 gig scratch drive just for stuffing round with my video creations
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