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Nino Film Blog | July 12, 2024

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Beach Cycle: Timelapsing on the French Riviera

Beach Cycle: Timelapsing on the French Riviera

I was in France this past July on vacation, and of course, my T2i/550D came with me. I recently purchased my first intervalometer and thought it was a great chance to give timelapsing a first shot.

I’m quite happy with the results, considering it’s my first time trying a timelapse with this camera and this intervalometer.

The intervalometer is quite cheap and I think there is no reason to buy the original Canon if the knock-off is quite as good (also in quality). A great intervalometer for the T2i is also available on, I used this one before.

And now enjoy “Beach Cycle”, looking forward to your feedback!

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  1. james thorpe

    Very cool. I’m looking into the same Intervalometer. What is the workflow that works best for you? I’m familiar with the QT7/FCP one but i’m trying to figure out if the same can be done in PPro. Did you use RAW files? Thanks!

    • I use the normal image sequence workflow with QT7 and then edit in Final Cut Pro. The files are huge, but you have so much freedom. The zoom-in was done in post. I didn’t use RAW, only JPG. If you can import the huge MOV-Files in Premiere Pro there should be no problem editing it.

  2. Mike moncrief

    Awesome job..I have same intervalometer and camera !!
    I especially loved the light to dark and dark to light shots..

    What mode did you have camera in ?. manual? Aperature priority?.

    What was your interval settings..

    looks great !!

    Thanks for sharing

    • Aperture priority with one photo every 35 seconds!

  3. DevRogue

    nice! how’d you get the stars to show up @ night? increase the shutter to 30″? what were your night settings?

    • Yes, I used 30″ exposure for the first shot. I think even more would have been better with that lens. The interval in darkness was 35″, so it practically immediately started to shoot a new photo when the first one was finished. All the other shots were done using aperture priority.

  4. The moving stars really render the feeling of rotating earth, amazing! Reminds me of a similar plan in Godfrey Reggio’s movie “Koyaanisqatsi”.
    Nice study of the intervalometer. Cheers!

    • Thanks – everybody said “February” reminded them of “Koyaanisqatsi” as well, so I guess that’s my ideal film indeed 🙂

  5. When the clouds set in the imagery is simply amazing. This just comes to show how DSLRs, and the T2i is fantastic at low light.

    • I thought it’s the operator, not the camera 😉

  6. Julien

    I liked it. But it was really too bad there was that fence in the shot, because it’s one of the finest…

    Nice job.

    • Yes I know – should have done that from the roof of the caravan too, this was done from the driver’s cabin …

  7. Luccas Soares

    Hi Nino! How are you?

    Congrats man for your beatiful time lapse!!!! I’m from Brazil and work with cinema too! Are you have facebook for we keep contact? I can show my films to you too if you want!

    Where are you from? I’ll move to L.A in december!!!


  8. Annike Andresen


    This little film made me very happy…thank you very much

  9. D. Allemann

    Hi Nino,

    ich habe eine generelle Frage zu deinen bisher veröffentlichten Videos: mit welchem Programm exportierst du dein Filmmaterial für das Hochladen auf fb? Welchen Codec und welche Einstellungen wählst du?

    Deine Videos haben auf fb und Vimeo eine sehr gute Qualität. Bei Testvideos, dich ich hochgeladen habe, taucht vorallem im Himmel starke Artefaktbildung auf. Ich habe verschiedene Varianten gewählt, Export als H264 direkt aus Premiere, mit verschiedenen Codec-Einstellungen, oder Export als uncompressed und dann Processing und Export mittels Streamclip. Ich muss aber dazu sagen, dass ich eine Consumer-Cam mit AVHCD verwende …

    Wäre froh um ein paar Tipps zu diesem Thema!


    • Let’s stay in English so others can understand it too:
      Your question was what settings to use to get good quality video on Facebook, Vimeo or YouTube. I use Apple Compressor H.264 conversion, dual pass, 10MBit for 1080p footage and 5MBit for 720p footage. I don’t know Premiere, but there is certainly a way to adjust the bit rate and also the passes – you should always do at least 2 passes for good quality.

  10. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as
    though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously
    know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on
    just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us
    something informative to read?

    • Very odd comment.

      What do you want to know exactly? There are hundred of tutorials on how to do a timelapse out there. And this is the most basic way of doing timelapses.

      • Ricky

        He’s not necessarily after a tutorial. He might be after more information about the film itself. Such as why did you shoot this film, what were you trying to achieve, what was the concept, process, purpose, intention etc.

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