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Creating artwork time-lapses.


You've probably all seen those time-lapse videos people create, showing you hours worth of painting in a mere matter of seconds. I know I'm addicted to them. There's something so satisfying about watching a blank page become something beautiful before your eyes. So, I thought it was about time that I had a crack at it. Below is a little video I made, probably only a couple of hours worth of painting cut down to less than 2 minutes.


But boy - it's a lot harder than it looks! Firstly, recording video files takes up HEAPS of bloody space. My phone and computer both ran out of space just from making this little video. Crazy, right? I have no idea how people make larger videos without running out of room. Clearly I need to upgrade my memory! And how do they always get the perfect angle - showing the detail without copping a screen full of hand and head? For this set up, I put my phone in a selfie stick and then taped it to a chair. Pretty high-tech stuff! Then there's the editing. Not my area of expertise, it took me ages just to get the whole thing to not look retarded! Ken Burns helped me out, probably a little too much. It's not seamless, but I figure it's good enough for a beginner. There's actually huge chunks of footage missing from the process - my phone would stop recording every time it ran out of memory! Which was often. So I apologise for the gaps - a good tip to remember next time is to clear my phone out first. Plus, because I was using natural light, it looks darker at times than others. I recommend investing in some good lights so that it looks the same the whole way through. Not to mention I had to lean back further than I normally would whilst painting, so that I didn't get in the way of the camera. Not ideal! Anyone got any tips for making time-lapses more effectively? Is there perhaps a time-lapse app that records with smaller file sizes?


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