As I said it in my previous post, I try to give you a short tutorial how you can make such timelapse videos under Linux. First of all, make sure that you have installed following software:
Then you will need lots of photos with a sequence. I shot every second one photo and got nearly 610 photos for some seconds of the movie. So, after you shot so many photos you will have something like this:
As you can see, they don’t really differ from each other, but later they will look really great. Now comes the part with Imagemagick. I shot my photos with my Canon EOS400D (or for the non-european: Canon Rebel XTi) with full resolution (3888×2592 px), but the final video should have 720p (1280×720 px). So I have to crop my images to this resolution. I have tried it with digikam and the batch mode of it, but there is no batch mode for aspect ratio cropping, so I have found a small script (aspect) which uses ImageMagick in the backgrond for doing it. It cropped my images perfectly with only one command. If your photos have the same resolution as the final movie then you can skip this step and follow this part now.
After cropping (or not, belongs to you) you can start kdenlive, create a new project as you like. I have decided to make 720p movies. So, now you can add a new slideshow clip.
Browse to your path of the photos (there should only be the photos for your movies, otherwise kdenlive will add those other photos to the movie, too) and adjust the settings you like. I choose a frame duration of 5ms and a dissolve of 2ms (as you can see in the screenshot), but you can set other parameters, you have to look on your own how it will look best with your photos.
Now kdenlive add your clip to the “Project tree” and you can drag it to the timeline on the bottom and have a first look at your movie in the “Project Monitor”. That’s it. Render your movie and you will get something like this:
If you are not happy with the result of your movie, you can change the settings of the movie (“Frrame duration”, etc.) with menu “Clip properties”.If you want some effects on your movie, you can drag every single effect of kdenlive to your movie and make it to something special. Now we are at the end of this small tutorial, I hope that I could help some people out there to make timelapse videos under Linux. Feedback (or critic) is welcome, just leave a comment.