Twixtor: Making Time Lapse Videos of Floral Growth
Twixtor is a useful plugin which makes creating time lapse videos very simple. This means that you will be able to shoot something very slow like a flower opening and then speed it up. This creates some unique and interesting videos, which makes it possible to observe the way a flower grows. While these types of effects were once limited to TV producers' modern software, Twixtor makes it really simple to create timelapse videos which are very professional.
Twixtor is available as a plugin for several different video editing software including Adobe After Effects, Pinnacle Studio Pro and many others. Whatever video editing software you are using, there shouldn't be a problem downloading the right version of the plugin for your software.
Step 1: Recording the Video
The first thing that you need to do is record the video of the plant growing. Remember that flowers and plants take a long time to grow and open. To create anything worthwhile, you will need to leave your camera recording for weeks if not months. This will allow you plenty of time to capture something interesting, which can then be sped up. Remember that the camera must be properly protected all the time. You will need to put your camera inside liking out of a window or build some sort of enclosure for it. You will also need to ensure that your camera has plenty of power to record all the footage; this will normally mean plugging it into a nearby receptacle.
Step 2: Copying and Checking Footage
Copy the huge footage to your computer and check the start and end of it to see if there are any changes. It might be difficult to notice this because plants are so slow to grow. To see exactly what is happening, you will need to speed it up.
Step 3: Opening the Video
Open the video in Pinnacle, Adobe After Effects or Final Cut Studio. This will allow you to edit the video as normal, but it will also be possible to use it to apply various effects using Twixtor including time lapse.
Open the sequence and display the Twixtor control panel if it's not already visible. Click on the Effects Tab and set the output to Twixtorized output.
Step 4: Speeding up the Video
To speed up the video using Twixtor, you simply need to adjust the speed settings. With the speed mode set to Time Remaining Speed, the speed up will occur from where the play back head is currently located. This means that as standard it will speed up the whole video. However, it is fairly easy to speed up and then slow down by adjusting the times.
Enter a value that you want to use to speed up the video. This will require some experimentation. If you want it double speed, then you should enter 200%. Of course when working with plants, you will need to enter a much larger value, perhaps as high as 1000%, so that it is possible to watch.