Do Time Lapse With Fcp And A Canon 5d

The Canon 5D Mark II records high-definition video, in addition to taking still photographs

The Canon 5D Mark II records high-definition video, in addition to taking still photographs. When this video imports into Final Cut Pro 7, you change the speed of the clip to create a time lapse effect. A time lapse condenses an action by increasing the speed at which it is shown. Using this effect, you can watch the sun rise or set in seconds, flowers open or cars speed by in a stream of light at evening.

Instructions

1. Insert a compact flash card with a minimum read/write speed of eight megabytes per second into the camera.

2. Mount the camera securely on a tripod.

3. Turn the Image Stabilizer switch on the lens barrel to “On.”

4. Turn the camera on, then select a mode by turning the Mode dial on the top right-hand side of the camera body.

5. Turn the Main dial on the top right-hand side of of the camera to navigate through the tabs. Select the second Setup tab, which has a wrench and two dots on it.

6. Turn the Quick Select dial next to the LCD screen to navigate down the menu options. Choose “Live View/Movie Function set,” then press “Set” on the Quick Select dial.

7. Select “Movie Recording,” then press “Set,” if you are in Full or Creative Auto Mode. For all other modes, select “LV Func. Setting,” then press “Set,”

8. Select “Enable,” then press “Set” in Full or Creative Auto Mode. In all other modes, press “Stills+Movie,” then press “Set.”

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9. Select “Movie Display” in all modes except Full or Creative Auto, then press “Set.”

10. Select a recording size, then press “Set.”

11. Press the “Live View” button above the LCD screen to view the image coming through the lens.

12. Press the “White Balance” button on the top of the camera, then turn the Quick Select dial to choose a white balance mode.

13. Press the ISO button, if you are in Manual Mode, and turn the Main dial to select an ISO speed.

14. Set the shutter speed, if you are in Manual or Shutter-Priority Mode. In Manual Mode, press the Shutter button halfway down, then turn the Main dial to select a speed. In Shutter-Priority Mode, only turn the dial.

15. Set the aperture if you are in Manual or Aperture-Priority Mode. In Manual Mode, turn the power switch to the mark above “On,” then turn the Main dial to select an f/stop. In Aperture-Priority Mode, only turn the Main dial.

16. Manually focus the camera by turning the focus ring on the lens. If you are in Auto-focus mode, press the Auto-focus Point Selection button to display the focus points, then use the Multi-Controller, Main dial or Quick Select dial to select one. Press the shutter button halfway down to focus. Note that if you are in Full or Creative Auto mode, you will not be able to select a focus point.

17.Press “Set” on the Quick Select dial to begin recording. Press it again when you are finished.

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18. Remove the compact flash card from your camera and insert it into a card slot or a card reader connected to your computer.

19. Copy the movie from the card onto your hard drive.

20. Open FCP and import the file by right-clicking or Option-clicking in the Browser and selecting “Import” > “Files.”

21. Double-click on the clip to open it in the Viewer.

22. Set an “In” and “Out” point, then drag it into the Timeline.

23. Click on the clip to select it, then choose “Change Speed” from the Modify menu.

24. Enter a new duration or rate into the appropriate fields. To create a convincing time lapse effect, the duration needs to be significantly longer or the speed significantly faster than the original clip.

25. Set any additional options you desire, such as the rate at which the effect begins or ends, then press “OK.”