How to make awesome time-lapses from RAW photos

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  1. Bezbod

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    Hello guys!

    In this post I’ll tell you how to make night time-lapses with SJCAM M20 like this one or that one.

    1) Go to «Photo Mode»
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    2) Select in photo settings «RAW» - ON
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    3) Choose necessary exposure time (shutter speed) in photo settings
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    4) Go to the «Photo Lapse» mode
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    5) Choose necessary photo lapse time
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    6) Start shooting time-lapse photos

    Keep in mind that the camera saves photos in JPG and RAW so you may use at least 32gb memory card.

    HOW TO EDIT IMAGES AND MAKE TIME-LAPSE
    1) When a shooting of time-lapse photos is finished you have photos in 2 formats: JPG and RAW. Firstly you need to copy all these photos to a computer.

    2) Download the converter of RAW files and convert RAW files to DNG via this converter (don’t delete JPG files until the converting is not finished and don’t remove JPG files from the folder with RAW images, they should be all together).

    3) After the converting of RAW files to DNG you may delete original RAW and JPG files and start editing DNG files in Adobe Camera Raw or Adobe Lightroom software. You may edit first image and apply (synchronize) the settings to the others in order not to edit all images separately.
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    4) After editing DNG images save them as JPG.
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    5) Final step is to make a video (time-lapse) from the images. You may use Adobe Premiere to do this. When importing the images just choose «Image Sequence» (keep in mind that all images should have sequence number starting from «1»).
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    6) After creating image sequence in Adobe Premiere just add some nice music and export the video (time-lapse) with necessary frame rate. Usually I choose 24 frames per second.
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    7) That’s it! Enjoy the time-lapse!

    P.S. subscribe to my Youtube channel to see more time-lapses and other cool videos and tutorials!

    P.P.S. some other day I’ll show you how to make spherical (360°) panoramas with SJCAM M20.

    Stay tuned [​IMG]
     
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  2. Thiago_SJCAM_User

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    Thanks for sharing, the subject is deepened in the explanation!
     
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    My pleasure! By the way, I've just added the pictures to the instruction to make it more clear :)
     
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    Hi,

    I am new user of SJcam. Grateful to know what type of software do you have for editing your movie before upload to facebook.

    Many thanks.
     
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    Hi!

    I use Camera RAW to edit the images and Adobe Premiere Pro to stitch the images into a time-lapse. That's it :)

    P.S. I'll upload more awesome time-lapses soon!
     
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    Guys, take a look on my new time-lapse from RAW photos recorded on SJCAM M20:

     
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    Here is a new time-lapse from RAW photos ;)

     
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    Here is a new time-lapse recorded with M20 ;)
     
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    Thanks for sharing guys!
     
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    What's your setting
     
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    I recorded this time-lapse with the following settings:
    RAW-ON;
    ISO-100;
    White Balance - Auto;
    Gyro - OFF;
    Distortion correction - OFF;
    FOV - Wide;
    Exposure - 0;
    Exposure time (shutter) - Auto.
     
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    Thanks a lot
     
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    Great Timelapse!
    What's your setting for this? How many hours did it take to shoot this? How did you handle the battery issue for shooting something this long?
    Thanks. :)
     
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    Thanks!
    The time-lapse was recorded with the following settings:
    RAW-ON;
    ISO-100;
    White Balance - Auto;
    Gyro - OFF;
    Distortion correction - OFF;
    FOV - Wide;
    Exposure - 0;
    Exposure time (shutter) - Auto.

    It took several hours to shoot it (if I am not mistaken - the show was around 4 hours).

    I used Xiaomi power bank to shoot this long (remember to get the battery off the camera not to spoil it).
     
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    Sweet pic! Can you send a high resolution photo?
     
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    I have tried 3 different programs to open my RAW files but none of them work. I have downloaded the CameraRAW dmg but like other people have posted, there is no instructions. I have tried Digital Photo Professional (Canon); Photolemur and The Gimp. All say they support RAW but cannot open my RAW files in them. I have also done what I read somewhere and kept both the jpg and RAW file in the same folder. All the above programs do is open the jags. What was the point in me buying this action cam after all my careful research, if no program will recognise the RAW files? I don't have Photoshop or Lightroom like everyone else seems to have - too expensive. Are you saying only these. will open the RAW files on the legend?

    Any help appreciated.
     
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    Unfortunately I have already deleted JPG files.


    First of all you should convert the photos via convertor which you can download here: https://github.com/yanburman/sjcam_raw2dng/releases/
    When you get DNG files - then you can open them in Camera RAW or any other similar software.

    By the way, here is my new video showing the difference between JPG and RAW:


    Enjoy ;)
     
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    Capyboppy, Raw isn't a file format - it's more a description of the data found in the file.
    Raw files contain the information straight off the sensor with no or little processing.. Each manufacturers raw file is different.

    DNG files are a processed file type that maintains the quality and information but presents it in a standard layout. Each camera needs it's own raw to DNG convertor - sometimes this is done in camera and they save DNG files, but often you need a utility to do the conversion. Software that handles raw files often means it will handle raw files from specific cameras or that it will handle DNG files.

    Use the link given by Bezod to convert them to DNG then you should be able to open them in whatever raw developer program you like.
     
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    RAW is a description??? As far as I know, the SJCAM RAW files are missing any information about the image format. They contain just pure pixel data. No header, just interleaved RGB data 12 bpp, packed 2 pixels in 3 bytes.
     

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