July 1, 2015 at 5:35AM


How to create a 5-month time lapse?

Recently hired by a construction company to create a timelapse of an interior renovation project. It will eventually be used in a promotional video, so the final duration doesn't need to be more than 30sec or so, once the non-work hours are edited out. I'm having trouble figuring out the best method for this.

GoPro was my first thought, but the maximum interval is 60seconds, which is way too many photos!

The Brinno construction camera looked promising, but the image quality looks really bad, with a max resolution of 720p. The only other "construction cameras" I can find have to be installed and managed by a service, and they're more for security purposes.

I can do a DSLR, but they're expensive and not exactly construction proof. The client wants to buy the gear rather than using ours for 5-months.

Is there some small mirror less solution or something that would be good for this? I can't believe there isn't a product that's designed for this.


I think you're going to have to find a small digital camera ( this can be a still photo camera ) that you can connect an intervalometer to, rig it will a larger battery pack ( or AC power ), and build a case to enclose it. You might even see if it's possible to modify an underwater housing, which would simplify the case construction.

I've seen the rigs that are used for nature documentaries of ice-shelfs melting over 2-3 months, where they mount a DSLR with an external intervalometer and a very large battery, then enclose everything in a lockable metal box with a glass window for the camera to shoot through. These are big and very klunky rigs, but I imagine you could produce something much more compact with a small digital camera.

July 1, 2015 at 8:46AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Yep, a DSLR with an intervalometer or laptop acting as one. If you use a laptop, you can choose to thether the pictures to the harddrive and send them through email or a BitTorrent Sync folder. (However that can make things more difficult.)
You need a powersource and a large backup battery: in case the power is cut, it can still function.

Get or build some solid housing with a front you can easily clean.

On other thing you need is patience ;-)

July 3, 2015 at 5:59AM

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