Improved Time Lapse Process

This is as much to help me remember this as it is to share the info with all humanoids oninterwebs…

This is the post production process I used when creating the Malaga Cove time lapse shorts.  After importing the footage from the camera into the computer:

  1. QuickTime Pro 7 ›› File ›› Open Image Sequence…
  2. Make sure images are in their chronological shot order
  3. Select the first image and click “Open”
  4. Select 24 frames per second and click “OK”
  5. After the huge file is created, make sure you are displaying it at 100%
  6. File ›› Export ›› Export: Movie to QuickTime movie [bottom left drop down]
  7. Select “Options…”
    1. In the Movie Setting Dialogue, ›› Settings…
      1. Compression Type: Apple ProRes 422 (LT)
      2. Frame Rate: 24 fps
      3. OK
    2. Back in the Movie Setting Dialogue, ›› Size…
      1. Dimensions: Current [Make certain it is the full frame size of the original photos if you wish to pan and crop in Final Cut Pro.]
      2. OK
    3. Select “OK”
    4. Name the file and save it.
  8. Create a sequence in Final Cut Pro with these settings:
    1. Frame Size: 1440 x 1080 [HD (1440 x 1080) (16:9)
    2. Pixel Aspect Ration: HD (1440 x 1080)
    3. Editing Timebase: 24 fps
  9. Import your media and design your project — the fun part!
  10. Once the project is completed in Final Cut Pro ›› Export ›› Using QuickTime Conversion…
    1. Format: MPEG-4
    2. Options
      1. Video Format: H.264
      2. Data Rate: I usually use over 4,000kbits/sec [The higher the number the larger the file size but the better the visual quality.]
      3. Image Size: I usually export three different sizes (three different exports): 1920 x 1080 HD, 1280 x 720 HD, and 640 x 360
      4. Frame Rate: 24fps