We are organising some outdoor volunteer works, and looking for a solution how to shoot the "construction site" time-lapse over the day from the "bird's eye" view - e.g. from the approx. 5m high (sturdy) pole.
My time-lapse needs/calculations:
- HD resolution shots (1920 or 1280)
- with rate approx. 1min footage from 1 hour real time at 24fps = 1 shoot every 2.5 secs.
- shooting time typically 6-8 hours but sometimes up to 12-16 hours ;)
- if one HD resolution JPEG takes 1MB space, for 12hour/2sec need capture 17000 images = 17GB SD card size (far bellow of current high capacity SD cards)
Because it is volunteer works looking for an cheapest possible solution, what allows solve the next problems:
- Power. This is for outdoor, so probably need some high capacity batteries what allows all day shooting session
- weatherproof - typically not needed but the solution should withstand occasional rain.
- easiest possible setup (this is probably the hardest part)
- how to setup the right "view" (position) of the camera? I can manually rotate the pole (left/right) but still need "somewhat" setup the up/down angle. Because this setup is only once a day, can do it with trial/error but still need a sort of remote view. Now exists some cameras what allows remote viewfinder via the smart phone, but haven't idea about their time-lapse capability.
I'm open to any nonstandard solution too, e.g. with Raspberry Pi, or anything like, but the final solution should be as simple to use as possible. e.g. my (probably unrealistic) hope:
- mount the "shooting box" to the pole
- raise the pole
- check the camera view
- press "start"
- forget it all day long ... ;) :)
After browsing other questions here, probably found the solution: GoPro Hero3+ /not a very cheap 450€, but somewhat acceptable ;(/.
It can (based on what i learn on web)
- can timelapse 0.5, 1, 2 ,5, ... seconds
- remote view for framing via iPhone/Android App so i can setup the pole to the right direction
- start shooting remotely from the phone (i hope, time-lapse too)
- it is weatherproof
- up to 64GB SD card
The only thing what about I'm still not sure is the power. I don't found any informations about power consumption when shooting time-lapse. Know anyone more?