[edit- Ok I managed to get the video a bit bigger, but it still only posts into the blog at this size, you can see the bigger version here]

Finally. I’ve spent the last 2 days trying to put this video together; apparently loading 4000 photos into almost any program will result in a crash. Who would have thought…

First, an explanation. This is a time lapse video of this year’s Relay for Life at Acadia University. I set a camera up in a corner, with my laptop attached, and had it take a shot every ten seconds for the entire 12 hour relay. I was also around taking pictures of the actual event with another camera, those photos will follow shortly. My computer’s processing power has been taken up by this project and I haven’t wanted to mess around with searching through Lightroom and exporting other photos while I ran the video software. All in all there were 4020 photos, equalling over 11 GB. Cool. The final video is admittedly quite small, and the quality isn’t great; I was frustrated with the constant computer crashing and just wanted to make it as easy as possible to get the thing exported. Anything larger and the computer just wouldn’t export it. The idea is there though.

To make the video, I had originally planned on using Adobe Premiere, but I wasn’t able to figure out how to set that up to make a web sized video, it wanted to be exporting videos that were 100GB…not very practical. It also had a hard time loading up the saved project after it had crashed. So I abandoned computer snobbery and went to Windows Movie Maker. Trying to export the whole thing at once wouldn’t work, so I decided to split it up into 4 parts. No dice. 8 parts: now we’re talking. I then took all 8 exported video clips and added them to a new project. This made an 8 minute video, way too long. Sped each video up 4x, and I had my 2 minute video.

A few things about the video itself; you’ll notice that around 30 seconds people stop walking, this was when they did the luminaries ceremony. Also, I think the funnest part of the video is people’s reaction to it, every few frames you see a group of people posing for the camera. As I was walking around the track I would see people hear the click of the shutter and stop to pose, only to realize that it didn’t go again for a few more seconds. It was pretty funny to watch. There are a few people who appear to have stopped to pose every time they walked past it.

If I could do it again next year, I’d like to build some sort of rig to allow the camera to be positioned in a place where you could see both the track as well as the arena (where people hang out), and also the scoreboard clock (to get a better sense of the time that’s elapsing). That would be really cool, but I’m not sure if it would be possible. We’ll see I guess.


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