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Compressing a Dusk to Dawn time lapse ?

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Compressing a Dusk to Dawn time lapse ?

Postby MrGrunthunter » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:41 pm

Last weekend I tried recording a Dusk to Dawn time lapse over a local reservoir. It was a nice clear cool and dry night so I didn't have to contend with a lot of condensation early in the morning. The big downside was that there was almost a full moon so I couldn't capture all of the star details but it was an experiment anyway. I recorded for 12 hours from 7:30pm until 7:30am with my GoPro HERO 4 Black. The camera Time Lapse settings were:
INTERVAL: Continuous
Spot Meter: OFF
Protune: ON
White Balance: 3000K
COLOR: GoPro Color
ISO Max: 800
Sharpness: Medium
The final product out of the GoPro were two files totaling 23:59.22 (I cut 3 frames from the end where I stuck my face in front of the camera to see if it was still recording lol)
I am using VEGAS PRO 14 to process the video and want to compress it down to around maybe 3-4 min. I tried grabbing the end of the video clip and dragging it to the left but it appears to at some point to be clipping off frames from the end.
I guess my question is: Is there a limit as to how much you can compress a video clip like this?
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Re: Compressing a Dusk to Dawn time lapse ?

Postby MrGrunthunter » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:25 pm

That's sort of what I ended up doing. I ended up getting it compressed down to about 2 min. I need to practice some more though. I kind of knew I was going to have a problem getting any detail of the stars because last Friday evening was almost a full moon. I had to do it them because it was a clear sky and very dry that night so I didn't accumulate any condensation on the camera etc. I really think I need to change the settings in the camera to initially get a shorter video file but not sure what that should be yet.
Anybody have a HERO 4 Black that could give me some recommendations?
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