Quote: Originally Posted by Duckling
I've been doing some searching and reading into the subject of timelaps video.
First the bad news:
Your camera doesn't have timelaps, and it can't be remotely operated by software.
In short, timelaps video is not possible with your camera.
Strangely the DCR-HC20 does have timelaps.
Most (semi) Professional time-laps video's are made with still cameras, not video cameras.
The image quality of still camera's is far superior to video camera's.
And you only need one still per set time (like one every minute),
so a video camera is not really suited for it.
This means if you are set on making timelaps video's, there are two scenario's.
1. If you only want to shoot in the room where the pc is, you can use a webcam, and schedule it to shoot stills at set intervals.
2. Or, if you want to shoot outdoors, you need to look out for a digital still camera that can take pictures at pre set intervals.
I will look into this, but you can also look around at "dpreview.com",
thé number one site on still camera's.
Now, about the timelapsing it self.
Suppose you set the interval to 1 image per minute. (60 frames per hour)
You let it run for 5 hours.
This will mount to 300 frames.
When you divide that by a good frame rate like 30fps,
you would end up with 10 seconds of time-lapsed video
The formula is:
30 minutes of stills at 1 frame per minute = 1 second of video at 30fps
So you have to think ahead.
a. Either how many minutes of footage do I need?
b. Or, how long will the whole process I want to record take,
and how many minutes of footage will this mount to.