Ok, now that you are getting up to speed on some of VuzeXR’s functions and have the gear you need (tripod, microSD card, etc.), I am going to take you through my seven steps for creating incredible multi-lapse videos to share on your blog, social media feeds, in virtual reality VR, and even in your photography projects.
Step One: Planning and Composition
Camera placement is an essential first step; the position of the camera defines your output, so taking the time to plan your shot and more importantly envision the final composition is key. My approach is to mount the Vuze XR camera on the tripod, then using live preview, on my mobile phone, build a composition in real-time. This preview approach lets me see exactly what the camera is seeing, which should mitigate unwanted surprises in my final files.
Step Two: Power
The Vuze XR camera records about 1 hour of video using the built-in internal battery. Therefore, if you’re making a longer multi-lapse video, you’ll want to attach an external USB battery bank to power the camera through the entire sequence. I use a 6 foot (2 meters), USB-C cable with a 90 connection; this way I’m sure that the power cable nor the connector will be seen in my final video. Remember, you’re recording 360-degrees in very high resolution, so you’ll see the USB cable, the battery, and tripod in your final work if you don’t plan ahead.
To see what’s in my camera bag, click here to read part one of this three-part series.
Step Three: Camera and Exposure Settings
To get the highest image quality, you’ll want to shoot your time sequence at the highest possible resolution. In the case of the Vuze XR, that’s a 5.7k resolution file. Before you start recording, use the Vuze XR Mobile App to confirm the camera is set to 5.7k mode.
Unlike traditional time-lapse, using multi-lapse, you avoid creating an annoying flicker in your video when using auto exposure mode. Therefore, I recommend for your first several projects you leave the camera in automatic exposure mode and let the camera and software do all the work. However, you’ll find times that setting and locking the ISO and exposure values will yield a more dramatic effect. So, I’ll leave this up to you, use the Vuze XR manual exposure settings to create different outputs.
Step Four: Time is on your side
Okay, it’s time to think differently again. Unlike traditional time-lapse, where you determine a shooting interval based on the desired clip length and the duration of the event you want to record; the Vuze XR multi-lapse captures the entire scene at 30 frames per second, getting everything in real time so you can adjust the speed after the event.
A lot is happening in the Vuze VR Studio to make a multi-lapse video, and the process is much more involved than only playing back the video super-fast. So, if you’re curious about the technical details around picture interval and how time-lapse works, you’ll want to read Post #3, which I’ll put out next week.
Step Five: Getting the software ready
After you’ve captured your video, it’s time to make your multi-lapse creation; this is accomplished by using the Vuze Studio Software on your Windows PC or Apple computer. If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to download and install the software from www.vuze.camera, then we’re ready to get started.
- Connect your camera to the computer via a USB-C Cable.
- Turn the camera on, and the software will automatically launch.
- You’ll see a thumbnail of your multi-lapse appear on the left side of the window.
- Choose the video you want to work with and drag it to the right side of the application window.
- A preview will open
Step six: Let’s do the time warp again.
The multi-lapse tool is connected to the speedometer icon, second from the bottom on the left side of the frame. This tool is where you’ll set the duration of your final video. You grab the indicator and drag it to the right until the desired time sequence is set.
In the case of my video, a 300x setting means my finished video will play back in just: 36 seconds. I’ve included a few additional speed settings below so you can get an idea of the total control you have over time with Vuze Studio.
Vuze VR Studio Speed Comparison:
Step Seven: Time to finish
After you’ve selected the desired time interval, it’s time to let the software do all the work. After choosing to render and confirming the output settings, the Vuze Studio will calculate the time, duration, and frame interval needed to create your final video. After a few minutes of processing, you’ll have a finished multi-laps video in either 360-degree or VR180 that you can easily share on social media or your favorite video sharing sites.
In my next blog post, Speed Check, do more with Multi-Lapse Video, I’ll show you how to shoot a tremendous multi-lapse video with your Vuze XR.