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The virtual dolly – time lapse next gen

I finally made my proof of concept: By using Blender I made a time lapse video and applied some virtual dolly movement. Meaning, that the camera is moving across the picture. This is possible due to the bigger than full HD video source made from the single picture recorded with the Canon Powershot S95. A zoom would have been also possible but was not implemented due to calculation time reasons.
Lean back and enjoy

Catching a lightning made easy

Motion detection is one of the features most cameras lack. There is some kind of trigger for taking group pictures by waving. But that’s it.

If you own a Canon point and shoot and have already installed the CHDK, you will easily find a script on the CHDK page. I wanted to give it a try, did not change any parameters and started the script on my Canon Powershot S95. I kept the camera on the roof of my car so I could easily blend the layers. After some exposures I finally had three snapshots of lightnings I blended to get this picture:

Thunderstruck

There were also some frames which had no lightning in them, but as you can see I am on a parking near the highway and the camera sometimes interpreted the traffic as a lightning. Nothing is easier on a digital camera than deleting these. I will definitely try this with the 60D and the magic lantern.

The first steps with timelapse and CHDK

I was always fond of time lapses so I thought: Why not make my own?

I wanted to install the CHDK – an extension for Canon point and shoot cameras which makes them learn new tricks – on my Canon Powershot S95 anyway and had the opportunity to play around one evening. After the initial installation and my first try I had the following lessons learned Read more