Zodiac Time-lapse Project

Back in May of 2012 I wrote a post about a cool time-lapse project. It inspired me to try my own time-lapse project with Zodiac. I did pretty good at getting a video clip of Zodiac most weeks while he was growing up. I didn’t get a chance to work on it before he left and it was on the back burner all summer until we got the news he was doing in-home training. That pushed it to the urgent category on my to do list.

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I’ve never done any video editing so I had lots to learn. I first tried to use the slide show software that I have but that couldn’t handle the project at all. I have a very old version of Adobe Premiere Pro so I installed that I started reading the manual. Premiere Pro was surprisingly intuitive and most of the basics was pretty easy to figure out. I didn’t try to get fancy with anything but it came out pretty good considering my lack of experience, the quality of the video (just shot with my basic digital camera) and the not so good lighting or set up I had.

I didn’t try to do this for Dune (which I’m kind of sad about) but I want to do something for Pup “E” coming next Friday. I’m just not sure how I want to do it. I don’t want to do it the same way. While I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, it isn’t really what I was hoping for. I want a way to capture how the puppies grow and change over the year that we have them. I’ve got seven days to come up with a plan. Anybody have any suggestions?

Time-lapse Project

Last week I came across this cool time-lapse project via Design Mom and Things Change by Frans Hofmeester. He films his daughter every week and now he has a video that shows her from birth to 12 years old in less that 3 minutes. I want to do this with our next puppy. When I told Bill about it, he suggested that it would be good to practice with Yakira first to get some of the kinks figured out before trying it with an 8 week old puppy. So I picked a spot yesterday to try this out but my camera battery was dead. Today Yakira is off to work with Bill, so I have no puppy to test it on. I’ll put it on my list for tomorrow.

This idea seems like such a fun way to document and tell the story of growing up. I have to give it a try to see what happens. Besides with a puppy it doesn’t take 12 plus years to grow up, a year does wonders. Have you ever done a time-lapse project before? I wonder if it would be possible to do something with still photos that have already been taken to show the process of growing up effectively. Who or what would you like to capture with a time-lapse video?