My First Time Lapse Video

Today was the last day of work before the summer holidays.

A small feast was held for all the teachers. I knew it’d be mostly meat – turkey and Canada goose – so I brought my own version of meat to go with the macaroni salad, potato salad and cake. It was nice just to chitchat. There is one person that’s leaving that I’ll miss a lot, M., the secretary. She is headed to Ottawa with her husband and two daughters to study Administrative Studies. I always enjoyed chatting with her and gave her a big hug at the end of the day.

When I got home, I sat down and processed the fast motion clip I made this morning, while going to work. It took me quite a lot of work – more than an hour – to fix the choppiness and get proper codecs to play the video more smoothly. Quite a lot of work for a mere four seconds of video.

You’re welcome to watch what it looks like to drive to work. Not very excited, but I am proud to share it.

Alright, I am off for some packing. Then Mom and I are hitting the road bright and early for our road trip through Abitibi-Temiscamingue.

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GoPro Hero 3+: Live Feeds

I’d bought a GoPro Hero 3+ silver edition ($300) a week before I traveled to Turkey. I didn’t have much of a chance to figure out the settings. In my frustration, I didn’t take as many pictures as I would normally (and in hindsight, I should have also brought my D40X).

The tricky thing about GoPros is that there is no screen for immediate feedback. You have to estimate your camera angle and you really have no idea what you’re shooting. I tried my best, but you can see in this video of me in a hot air balloon, I have no idea what I’m doing. Framing is impossible …

… unless you create a LAN to your cellphone and run live feed through the GoPro app*! I was struggling to hook it up to my new Moto G for the past month. This weekend, as I was browsing the Internet for a solution, I realized that I hadn’t update my firmware.

Doh.

It really was as simple as that. Now the Android shows a live feed (with a 2-second delay). I can control everything about the GoPro from the phone alone – regular vs. widescreen, turning it on/off, shutter speed, video vs. stills vs. photoburst.

I’m just soooo elated it finally works! I can’t wait to see what I can produce!

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*A second option is to purchase an LCD Touch BacPack for $80 USD.