A couple fun video experiments

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Monday December 7, 2009.

I decided to play around with my new video camera I got for work and try out a couple of the things it can do that I haven’t been able to do in the past. One of the major, major requirements I had in any camera was a variable frame rate. That definition isn’t sufficient, so I’ll explain a bit. Normal video cameras you buy off the shelf shoot at 30 frames per second (fps). A camera with variable frame rate can change that up. So I can shoot 15fps that when played at normal speed looks very sped up (think old films), or 60fps, which is slow motion, but without losing quality. I happen to think that shooting sports, which is what I do, requires the ability to slow things down and set it to epic music. So I did that, except instead of shooting sports, I shot my dog. This was set to 720p/24 and overcranked to 60fps. 24/60=.4, so what you’re getting is 40% of actual speed. Here is Epic Piper.

The second thing I experimented with was the interval capture. Basically, that creates a time lapse by capturing a frame or more every set period of time. In this case, I captured one frame every ten seconds. The camera beautifully puts the shots all together in a nice little clip for you. I shot for about 90 minutes total, which amounted to roughly 27 seconds of footage. I then slowed it down to 54 seconds to match the music. Here is Snowy Day.

Hope you enjoyed them.

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