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Technically Time Lapse on my D40 works

January 19th, 2009 · No Comments

But now I need to find something actually worth recording:

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Made any time lapse videos?

January 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments

If you have made any time lapse vids using my script and they are publicly available (youtube, etc) I’d love it if you’d post a link!  I’ve still not done anything interesting with it — I have a few ideas but never the right time to sit there with camera and computer for several hours.  Sadly nothing worth seeing from where I live or work and even the sky has been cloudless for days so I can’t do the “clouds streaming across the sky” thing.

Anyway if you have had better luck, or better ideas, than me lets have a look!

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Demo Video for DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 2.1

December 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I thought it was well past time that I did some more explanation of how to use the new features in DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 2.1.

Turns out my video skills need a bit of work though as I ended up putting together a 10 minute video, the YouTube limit, and only covered half the features. Still, I hope this is helpful both to see what sort of thing the script is useful for — in this case I’m covering self-portrait balancing flash vs ambient ala Strobist.

 

(Click through and view the high quality version if you want to read the text!)

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YouTube vs Vimeo?

September 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I uploaded my HOWTO videos to both YouTube and Vimeo — the exact same file — and the quality is so much better on Vimeo.  Check out the difference:

  1. Vimeo
  2. YouTube

Why?  Obviously YouTube is compressing it more and making for a fuzzier image.  But they CAN do higher quality, so don’t they?  Well it turns out that YouTube can serve you up a better quality video — they just don’t by default.  

Here’s how:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSHYw_u5OLY – This is the normal video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSHYw_u5OLY&fmt=6 – This is the better video

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Windows Remote Shutter Release HOWTO

September 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I explained before how my remote shutter release script was actually redundant, because Windows has a built in feature that does this. Of course I did then go forward and make the self-portrait script which does do something more useful, remote shutter release combined with immediate download and viewing, but the original idea of a simple remote shutter is still useful.

So I thought a better explanation of how that Windows feature works might help, and it’s good practice for me making videos as well:

Via YouTube:

Via Vimeo:

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Tethered Shooting Script — a HOWTO Video

September 22nd, 2008 · 13 Comments

Since I first posted my free script that allows Nikon DSLRs to be shot tethered I’ve been very pleased with the response, it seems to have been helpful to many people.  However I’ve hardly been very good at documenting how to use it.  So in an attempt to fix that I’ve made this little video which shows how to use it.

Or view high quality YouTube version

This is my first video attempt so it is pretty basic — but it took me all afternoon to put together, so please excuse the rough edges.  Hopefully I’ll work out how to do this better and perhaps make some videos explaining my hardware DIY projects which would also benefit from this type of explanation.

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