Time Lapse Video – 8 Miles in 2 Minutes

This time lapse video below was created using my Go Pro Hero 2 camera mounted to my road bike’s handlebars. It was an experiment to see if I could show an entire ride in a short video and what would be the best time lapse video capture rate to use. What you are seeing is a two second capture rate on the Go Pro Hero 2 camera. Every 2 seconds the camera is capturing a 5Mb still image. That’s a lot of large file size stills so be sure to have a large memory card as many large files are being added to it quite fast. I used a PC based video editor called Power Director by Cyberlink. I’ve found it to be full featured, easy to use and relative to other options, quite cost effective. It has a slide show option that allows you to set the frame rate which is the time each still is displayed. I attempted to get the frame rate for the time lapse video to be close to the beat of the background music which makes it feel better overall. My daughter, who is a sophomore in college said, “I like this better than the regular video mode”. It does have the feel of a fast paced television commercial. You’ll notice that you are seeing my left hand and brake in the frame. This is because the camera is mounted on the left hand side of the handlebar. One caution, my Gro Pro handle bar mount has broken twice with the black plastic arm snaping off. The case does protect the camera as I’m seen it go rolling down the road behind me, twice now. I’m looking for higher quality mounts than those provided with the camera. Time lapse video turns out to be an nice option that I expect to mix with regular video and stills in the future. I hope you enjoy it.

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