I don-t know what it is about them, but time lapse videos captivate me. It might be the fact that you can live hours in minutes? Maybe in a strange way it is gratifying to watch life pass by without consequences? Whatever it is, they are a lot of fun to watch- and now create!
When I found out I could use my Canon A2000is point and shoot to create a time lapse, i was floored. I owe it all to the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK). With this nifty piece of software, your Canon camera can boot a whole new feature set from an SD card. Most importantly, run Ultra Intervalometer script.
One gotcha with CHDK is that it will only boot from a FAT16 partition. So if you have a 4gig+ SD card, you will need to jump through some hoops to create a bootable FAT16 (32mb will do) and a larger FAT32 partition for storage. MacOS and Linux read the partitions no problem, if you are using Windows- SDM Installer will help you create and switch between partitions.
The next thing you need is power, after all your wimpy lithium-ion or in my case NiMH-s won-t last all day. This is where an AC Adapter comes in. Mine didn-t come with one, so I found a HQRP AC Replacement Adapter for my camera. Get the one with the transformer in the middle, it has a longer cord.
Once you get all your images together, you need to make the video. For this I used Quicktime 7 Pro. It was super easy and imported directly to iMovie for transitions, audio and text. When creating the video, I used the default 15fps photo sequence.
It-s hard to believe that my sub $200 Canon A2000IS camera is capable of such amazing things. Many more to follow, stay tuned.
Just remember- time is relative.