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Post Hello, Im new
Hey everyone, new here. Just wanted to share my first timelapse. Feel free to leave some feedback. Thanks for all the help, I have been following the experts here on the forums and learned a lot but am looking forward to learning more.



Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:19 pm
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Awesome first attempt. Much better than mine! Would you mind giving some details about your setup and workflow?


Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:30 am
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very impressive for the first try :-)

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Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:57 am
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Thanks guys. My setup consisted of 055XPROB Manfrotto tripod w/ 701HDV Fluid head, 15mm 2.8 Canon fisheye, Canon 24mm 1.4L wide angle (This lens is timelapse God :D ) and Canon TC-80N3 intervalometer. My settings were 30'' exposure time with an interval of 30 seconds and an ISO of 200 to reduce noise. I usually set my WB to color temp of 3000K to give it a cooler look. Compile in QT as 15fps and edit in After Effects or FCP. I have been trying to figure out how so many people are getting better results using a higher ISO around 3200 and what the best compression settings are. I have noise reduction on but I still seem to manage to get a lot of noise with night shots even at 200 ISO.


Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:17 pm
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miclap wrote:
I have been trying to figure out how so many people are getting better results using a higher ISO around 3200 and what the best compression settings are. I have noise reduction on but I still seem to manage to get a lot of noise with night shots even at 200 ISO.


Nice first effort. For better results at higher ISO try this workflow: Shoot RAW, use Neat Video for noise reduction (take care when building the noise profile), render the RAWs in After Effects to an uncompressed format, then transfer to H.264 with x264.exe.

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Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:00 pm
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I've been shooting 3200 iso on a 5DM2 and even using the supplied Canon Digital Profession for the RAW conversion, I'm getting pretty clean blacks. Here's a shot from the other night (16-35 at f2.8 for 30 secs)


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Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:41 pm
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Steve, I also used DPP until late last year but have since switched to a combination of ACR + Neat Video. I found ACR better at removing hot pixels, while Neat Video better reduces noise without bluring the stars.

Here's a rough cut example that uses the workflow I mentioned above (5D2+iso 3200) - http://vimeo.com/12576355

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Steven M. Bumgardner wrote:
I've been shooting 3200 iso on a 5DM2 and even using the supplied Canon Digital Profession for the RAW conversion, I'm getting pretty clean blacks. Here's a shot from the other night (16-35 at f2.8 for 30 secs)


That looks great Steve. I am looking forward to getting my first shot of the milky way. I live to close to the city to get that nice of a shot and unfortunately the nearest city to me is towards the South end of the skyline.


Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:14 am
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How do you guys make it so smooth & not notchy? I'm a complete newb so go easy on me!!!


Very nice work for your 1st attempt.


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How do you guys make it so smooth & not notchy? I'm a complete newb so go easy on me!!!


The trick is to not have your interval too long. One approach is the 180 shutter rule - your exposure is 1/2 your interval - so if you have a 2 second exposure you use a 4 second interval. Personally I try and have my exposure about 80% of the interval. But it varies greatly with the subject matter - fast moving clouds that are fairly close will need a shorter interval, while clouds that are far away and moving slower you can get away with a longer interval. With a night time shoot with a 25 second exposure you may only want a 32 second interval. It's better to shoot too much than too little and speed it up in post - but you will fill up your card faster :)

But don't fill the buffer or you'll drop frames! (the write light should go out before the next picture starts).

And in daylight use ND filters so you can drag the shutter (as long an exposure as you can so you get a bit of motion blur).

Good Luck - hope that helps!


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