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 URGENT - your help needed for TIMELAPSE of 17,000km Roadtrip 
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Post URGENT - your help needed for TIMELAPSE of 17,000km Roadtrip
Dear Timescape users,
I am 140 hours away from landing in Boston and embarking on a 17,000km journey around the US - visiting around 24 States.

Is there any equipment that is below 300$ that will allow me to get a dashcam view of my journey? I do have a laptop with a removable HDD so I can store up to 300gb.
Ideally I was looking for a picture every 5 min or so - after all, 17,000km is a lot to drive!
If possible, could you suggest some places where I can get said equipment?
The quality doesnt need to be good, it is just being able to show my roadtrip sped up in 15min w/o having to resort to holding a camera while driving.
Thank you in advance,
RM87


Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:30 am
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Post Re: URGENT - your help needed for TIMELAPSE of 17,000km Roadtrip
gopro camera


Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:48 am
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Post Re: URGENT - your help needed for TIMELAPSE of 17,000km Roadtrip
Maybe GoPro HD cam? Original battery lasts about 3 and half hour in time lapse mode, but you can use your laptop or 12V USB-charger to constant charghing. If you want to use original waterproof case, you need to drill a hole in it to use mini-USB cable to charge. Only that the max interval is 60 secons, but VirtualDub do the job later...
Its very memory card sensitive equipment, you should read this topic. I hope coming firmware fix these problems!


This is my first time lapse made for GoPro HD. True image quality is better than this video!



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Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:03 am
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Post Re: URGENT - your help needed for TIMELAPSE of 17,000km Roadtrip
One picture every 5 minutes seems a bit slow for a drive lapse. The scenery will have completely changed in those 5 minutes I think, so it wont seem like 'smooth' motion when you play it back. I'd suggest a larger HD to take some more pictures... imho..

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Post Re: URGENT - your help needed for TIMELAPSE of 17,000km Roadtrip
I will second the GoPro recommendation. I just got it for surfing and it has turned out to be a great little time lapse camera with built in timer.


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Post Re: URGENT - your help needed for TIMELAPSE of 17,000km Roadtrip
My friend and I are doing the same thing. Our plan is to use a Ricoh R10 camera, with the dc adapter and take a picture every 5 seconds. The built in interval timer will continue until the card is full. We hope to use an eye fi sd card ad-hoc to dump photos onto a laptop periodically so we dont have to worry about taking the card out from the camera. Keeping our fingers crossed it all works!


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Post Re: URGENT - your help needed for TIMELAPSE of 17,000km Roadtrip
153957 wrote:
One picture every 5 minutes seems a bit slow for a drive lapse. The scenery will have completely changed in those 5 minutes I think, so it wont seem like 'smooth' motion when you play it back. I'd suggest a larger HD to take some more pictures... imho..


I strongly agree, 1fps or below for short exposure highway/city drive lapse. Longer intervals can work when you are shooting long exposures or driving really really slow. I would also suggest not time-lapsing the entire trip but only recording TL clips when you encounter interesting scenery throughout your trip: much like the way this video was shot:


If the cinematographer had simply set an interval to make the entire trip from LA to NY 4 min in length, the video would be extremely choppy. If you had enough HD space I would just record the entire trip at the shortest possible interval and then cut out the parts you don't want.

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Post Re: URGENT - your help needed for TIMELAPSE of 17,000km Roadtrip
JuhaL wrote:
This is my first time lapse made for GoPro HD. True image quality is better than this video!


Quite cool! What was your interval and playback framerate for that?

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Ariel wrote:
Quite cool! What was your interval and playback framerate for that?

Thanks!

Interwal was 2 seconds and playback seems to be 20fps.
This is another one with bike (2 sec/25fps). Image quality is crap because of one extra compression (first Virtualdub, then Vegas)...


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