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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Timelapse of Autumn - A Video Project Idea

A few times this week while walking my dogs I have noticed more and more leaves starting to change colors on some of the trees. As I thought about that this morning I had an idea for a timelapse video project. Starting today I am taking one picture per day of the same view from my living room. In four to six weeks from now when the leaves have completely changed I am going to upload the pictures to JellyCam to create a timelapse of the changing colors of autumn. If you want to try the same thing with your students, here's the process that I am using.

1. Take one picture per day of the same view or of one singular tree. 
Using your cell phone is probably the best tool for this because we rarely go anywhere without one.

2. Upload the pictures to a Google Drive folder. 
It only takes one tap to move my photos from my Android phone to a Google Drive folder that I have labeled "Fall 2014 foliage." If This Then That has a recipe for doing this automatically from Android phones and from iPhones.

3. After four to six weeks, upload photos to JellyCam and create your timelapse. 
JellyCam is a free video editing program for Windows and Mac users. You can easily adjust the duration of each frame and easily add a soundtrack to your video. Click here for a video about using JellyCam.