How to Time Lapse - Getting Started

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4K quality time lapse does not need to be complicated. We make time lapse solutions for the professional AND the first-timer. If you’re the professional, you may know most of what’s on this page already, but be sure to check out our time lapse calculator. If you’re the first-timer, don’t worry, you’ll be surprised at how easy this is!

The first step before worrying about your equipment setup (we'll get to that in a moment), is to run through some calculations to check the items listed below. Don't worry, we have built an easy time lapse calculator to work it all out - but it's important to start here and understand your project constraints. Successful planning will mean a successful project.

The purpose of this page is to show you how easy it is to create a 4K time lapse for less. You are likely to find that the only thing to do is check the time lapse calculator, however, we’ve provided more information to help. This page is broken down into these sections:

Time Lapse Calculator

The time lapse calculator will run you through the following:

  • How long is the project - hours, days, months or even years?
  • Length of the time lapse movie you want to create at the end?
  • What is the interval between shots?
  • How many frames are taken / needed to achieve this?
  • How much memory do I need to store all those frames?
  • How much power will I need to achieve the above?

camera_enhanceWhat Equipment Do I Need?

Now that you know a bit more about your shoot, we can now look at the equipment. CamDo has a simple yet powerful solution based on the GoPro series of cameras, because they provide amazing 4K time lapse video quality at a fraction of the cost of DSLR options.
Our core time lapse controllers (Blink and BlinkX) are the brains, connecting to the GoPro and allowing you to set the time lapse schedule you need. The time lapse calculator above will easily inform the schedule you'll need.You may have noticed that our time lapse calculator made a product recommendation at the bottom based on your project needs.
The graphic below outlines the components in the CamDo time lapse system. We have a couple of simple options for the solar setup and also a non-solar setup using our DRY weatherproof enclosure if solar is not required.

components of time lapse system
If you are looking for underwater time lapse and capture information, skip straight to the link at the bottom of this page.

What sort of footage can I create? Check out our collection of customer footage created using CamDo equipment right here.

We’re also a nimble team developing great customer focused ideas, such as Blink Email via the CamDo Cloud, which is a daily email notification giving you the status of your installed solution, bringing peace of mind. You will also be able to login to the CamDo Cloud platform to review the status if you prefer.

There are many equipment suppliers in the time lapse market, and choosing a solution can be overwhelming. Here’s a simple graphic showing CamDo and the rest of the market.

You might also hear a lot about different resolutions, which can get confusing at times. Here is a simple graphic outlining the CamDo solutions. You can see how the resolution of our ShootX and BlinkX + GoPro solutions stack up against the lower resolution competition.

image resolutions

Infographic

If you are a visual learner, check out our Time Lapse Infographic here. It will walk you through the principles of time lapse.

Detailed tips and tricks

If you are a details person, check out our Tips and Tricks page for an in-depth review on how to time lapse.

Your workflow for image retrieval

As you may have seen in your time lapse calculation, it is often the case the SD card capacity is adequate for very long shoots at long intervals. If on the other hand, you want to retrieve your images, we have several options to help you consider your workflow. Check out our image retrieval options page here.

Support and Resources

We’re always here to support you and can be reached at support@cam-do.com. If you need a video, quick start guide or detailed manual, you’ll find it on this page.

Post-production video creation

So you’ve finished capturing your time lapse… now what? Coming soon, we will be offering a post-production service to create the time lapse video for you!

We also have the soon to be released CamDo Cloud, a state of the art time lapse platform to which you can upload your footage to. This platform can automatically make time lapse videos for you!

If you want to complete post production yourself, we have some handy resources:

 

Don’t forget to send us your footage… that’s what it’s all about!

 

 

shopping_cartPurchasing Equipment and More Information

You can review the components and purchase our time lapse system via the following pages.
We also have some great resources on our site if you would like to learn more about the nuances of time lapse and the various considerations, including in-depth information covering all the basics and advanced topics that you can review if you are interested in the detail.

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