Easy Stop motion: Great Ocean Road Trip

January 23rd, 2012 § 0 comments

This was an easy stop motion video because I didn’t use a tripod, the summer storyline was simple but effective and it came together in an hour. Here’s how:

Most of the images were shot when I was bumping around in a car or on a beach. It was a great project to have on a short vacation.

Firstly, I set my camera to continuous shooting. Google your camera brand and type with “user manual” and figure out how to do this, if you don’t already know how to.

I put all the images into Lightroom and then did a batch export at something like 900 px wide. There was a lot of heavy vignetting and vibrance in Lightroom, cause hey, that’s how I roll.

That stopped Final Cut Pro from crashing when I added all the images. Even then, I found that I had to 50 images at a time otherwise my mac would freeze up. Consider yourself warned.

I played around with the image duration and settled on a twentieth of a second for each still. To edit image durations in Final Cut go to:

Final Cut Pro > User Preferences > Editing. Look out for the “Still duration field” and have a play around with what looks best for you.

I then played around with music options and settled on a beauty by LadyHawke. To add music, just drag and drop into the timeline.

Final Cut Pro has some great title options so I normally spend an hour going through them. I then exported the final product to Vimeo.

This would be a great, simple, easy project if you’re going to have an interesting day or week trip. Let me know how you go!

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