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Author Topic: [Tutorial] How to Create a Timelapse with Magic Lantern Firmware & Premiere CS5  (Read 21751 times)

Offline Ryan

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Here are the steps for creating a timelapse with the Magic Lantern firmware and Adobe Premiere CS5.  For this tutorial, you will need:

1.  The Magic Lantern firmware installed on your camera
2.  Adobe Premiere CS5 (although earlier versions may work, I can't confirm it)
3.  Patience


1.  The first thing you need to do when setting up a timelapse is determine how you want to frame your shot.  If you set your camera up where you can see lots of movement in the foreground, it's likely to distract viewers from what your target timelapse subject is (ex. clouds moving).  For example, I attempted my first sunset timelapse but noticed that the palm trees in the foreground were twitching like crazy, which took the viewer's attention away from the sun setting.  I then tried another on the top of a volcano where there were no swaying trees and the improvement in terms of composition was a drastic improvment (remember, I'm still learnng this stuff myself).

Reference video can be found here: 2011 Maui Vacation with T2i/Tripod/Slider/Steadicam

Sunset Timelapse: 2:37 - 2:40
Volcano Timelapse: 0:10 - 0:15

2.  The next important thing when setting up a timelapse is to make sure you reduce as much as possible or completely eliminate camera shake, which is likely to come from bumping the camera, unstable ground, or wind.  Spread those tripod legs wide open and if your tripod's got spikes on its feet, use them.  Not fully extending the tripod vertically might also help counter the effects of the wind.  And don't forget to tighten the hell out of that tripod head once you've got your shot framed.


3.  Compose your shot.  Don't shoot auto, you have to set your camera to Manual ('M').  If I'm correct, you'll want to keep your shutterspeed slower than 1/100 (ex. 1/60, 1/50, ...etc...).  Someone may want to confirm this.  The reason for this is that a quicker shutterspeed is likely to cause flickering (see my volcano timelapse footage referenced above - second of the two clips has more pronounced flickering).

4.  Don't use auto focus, use manual focus and set it to infinity (if your timelapse subject is clouds or something far away)

5.  Once you're ready to go, you'll want to find the Intervalometer setting on your camera.

6.  Choose the interval, 'Take a pic every' (I've only played with 5s so far)

7.  Click the 'Intervalometer' button to activate the function and it'll start to shoot every x seconds.

8.  Remember that if you intend to put this footage in a 24fps sequence, it'll take 2 minutes of waiting around while your camera shoots for every 1 second of footage.

24fps = 2 Minutes for Every 1 Second
30fps = 2 Minutes 30 Seconds for Every 1 Second
60fps = 5 Minutes for Every 1 Second

9.  Once your done, turn off Intervalometer and head to your editing station!


10.  Now that you have, oh let's say 96 pictures, how the heck do we turn these pictures into a cool 4 second timelapse (96 divdied by 24 = 4)?  Well, it's actually really easy.  First you'll want to copy all of your timelapse pictures into a folder on your hard drive.

11.  Open your Adobe Premiere CS5 project (we'll assume it's a 24fps project)

12.  Go to File -> Import

13.  Click the first image in the timelapse sequence (the lowest numbered photo in the folder that you copied all the timelapse pictures to) and make sure the check the 'Numbered Stills' checkbox!

14.  Then click 'Open'

15.  And that's it!  It'll import as a single video file.  Just pull it into your sequence and voila!  My computer sucks so I wasn't able to preview any of my timelapses in real time.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2011, 07:24:45 PM by Ryan »
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Offline Aluziel

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Nice Tut! I did my first Timelaps with the Camara attached to my Laptop and using EOS Utility.
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banging tutorial!  i just might be adding this magic lantern to my T2i very soon.  thank you very much!