While I did not manage to fit in any time to record and edit yesterday’s post the evening before (as I have often done this month), I did decide what I would do for today’s video, and even started it going.
I have been slowly working my way through the collection of videos for the Semanal Project. Inspired in part by Mike Moon’s “Time Lapsed Saturday” posted for Semanal Week 34, I decided to record my own time-lapse movie.
I dragged out a USB cable until it allowed my low-spec webcam to point out through a slightly dirty window and set it to record an image every minute. To capture the images I used the free “Webcam Timershot” Windows XP powertoy from Microsoft. I set it up following the instructions in Time lapse photography using digital camera or webcam at Mike Temple’s Open Resource Center.
Naturally it has no sound. Interestingly, it fulfils most of the criteria for a Lumiere (with the exception of the duration, I guess), but whether a time-lapse video is in the spirit of the Lumiere rules I’m not so sure. In some ways early film-makers would probably have found it more natural to take a separated series of still pictures to form a moving image.