Make: Live episode 11 is all about photography and video. We take you on a behind-the-scenes tour and show how we put together Make: Live.
Matt Griffin from MakerBot shows us how they make timelapse movies of 3D printers doing their thing. Catch up on video and notes from the show here.
- Maker Shed deal: Checkout with code MAKELIVE4 to get 20% off four select photo/video products through July 6th (Stereo Pinhole Camera Kit, Twin Lens Reflex Camera Kit, Motion Sensitive Camera Trap Parts Kit, ProdMod LED Video Light Kit).
- Make: Live broadcasts with Wirecast
- “New York Notables” 3D show/party Thursday June 30th at the new MakerBot workshop
- Becky’s head in 3D on Thingiverse
- Hacking an intervalometer with a TI-83 calculator
- MakerBot’s time-lapse videos
- Dragon Stop Motion
- A Better Finder Rename
- Digi-Key giveaway prizes: USB microscope and a PanaVise
Some time lapse tips and tricks from Matt Griffin:
- You need something that is fixed or moves slowly to “gel” the time lapse
- Be careful of auto-exposure and auto-focus, as these kill illusion.
- Sell realism by simulating camera moves — s-curves and ease in/ease out help give the viewer a cinematic handling feel while direct lines feel kinda mechanical (security cameras)
- Typically folks add music after the time lapse — but if you pick music you like, you can make adjustments to the time lapse to connect it to (or work against) the music.
- Shoot a big enough image to give you room for reframing — but make sure the resolution for a tighter shot looks good enough for your needs.
- Many time lapse/stop motion/intervalometer type tools can be hacked to be queued by something other than time. If you are recording something that changes over time, you can create a tool to trigger the shots that are interesting (motion sensing, tracking, sound sensing etc.)
- Once you are done shooting, it is like you have a strip of film. You can use any number of batch file renaming or image processing tools to change parts or all of your sequence well before encoding it as video.
- you can “thin” out your time lapse to have only images doing what you want, and then use a batch file renaming tool to create a new consecutively numbered sequence of images.
Want to show us your project? Upload a video or photos and send a link to [email protected].
Make: Live 12: Robots
Wednesday July 13th, 9pm ET/6pm PT
Watch at makezine.com/live or on UStream
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