We continue experimenting with our Sony HDR-HC3 high definition camcorder. One of the things you see all the time these days are time lapse movies of clouds zooming across the sky. Although it was 104 degrees, the clouds today were perfect for capturing this kind of footage.
- View the Quicktime MP4 Time Lapse Movie (640×360, 7.4MB)
- View the Windows Media Player Time Lapse Movie (480×270, 9.8MB)
Once you capture the footage, which for these clips ranged from a couple of minutes to 8 minutes each, the best solution is to use Apple’s Final Cut Pro to compress the timeline down to what you desire. A 10 to 1 or even 20 to 1 ratio gives good results, depending on how fast you want the clouds to move.