Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Product Version Numbers

There have been so many recent updates, things have gotten a little confusing. To fix this, I've added version numbers (1, 2, 3... etc.) to the product names. These correspond to major changes in the software and should help you determine if you need to download a new version.

Here's the basic system:
  GBTimelapse 3: EOS Versions 1.0.0 and above
  GBTimelapse 2: PowerShot/EOS Versions 2.2.7 through 2.2.11 (Discontinued)
  GBTimelapse 1: PowerShot/EOS Versions 1.0.0 through 2.2.6 (Discontinued)
  GBDeflicker 1: Plugin for Adobe CS4, version 1.0.0 through 1.x.x
  GBDeflicker 2: 64-bit Plugin for Adobe CS5 and CS5.5, version 2.0.0 through 2.x.x
  GBResequence 1: Version 1.0.0 through 1.x.x

Your purchased serail number is valid for any new version with the same major version number. For example, if you bought GBDeflicker 2, you can download and install any new release with version number 2.x.x

I hope this will make revisions and upgrades more clear.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

GBDeflicker Best Settings

After users have processed thousands of clips using GBDeflicker, I have a better idea what the default settings should be.

Deflicker method = Smoothing
Nonlinear (or gamma) correction = Off
Favor brighter = Off

These work best for most clips. They will be the new default values in the next release. Please give them a try.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Laboratory Long-term Timelapse Setup

Watch this short video to see how GBTimelapse can be setup for a long term laboratory project...

This project does an FTP upload of every capture image. Here's the newest image from the lab (may be some other subject in the future)

Pumpkin Rotting - Laboratory Timelapse

Here's another example of using GBTimelapse to monitor a laboratory experiment. A Canon 20D tethered to a Windows XP computer ran continuously for six weeks capturing images of this pumpkin.

The setup ran despite a couple of power failures during that time. The computer was set to auto start when power came on, and GBTimelapse was put in the comptuer's startup folder so it would run automatically. Finally, GBTimelapse was set to auto run it's most recent project.

This may be a "concocted" experiment, but it shows what is possible.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Hangtown MX - Site Monitoring with GBTimelapse

Site monitoring is a snap using GBTimelapse. At the Hangtown Motocross this year, I put a laptop and Canon XSi in the control tower to monitor the track preparation and the race day action. GBTimelapse was set up to capture images once per minute from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset each day for the week before the race.

Here's what the first day looked like...

and here it is the day of the race...

Drying strawberry - long term timelapse

Photographed using GBTimelapse over a 3 week time span with a Canon 5D and a 100mm macro lens. The nominal time interval between shots was 1 hour. This is just a simple example of how GBTimelapse can be used for a long term laboratory project. Music is "Investigations" by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"

Storm Clouds Processed with GBDeflicker

We don't get much interesting weather here in Northern California, so when I saw these clouds coming and drove to a good vantage point to get this clip. I used had a Canon T3i tethered to a Toshiba netbook computer running GBTimelapse in its AutoRamp mode (AutoRamp is a new feature in beta testing now). Time interval was 5 seconds.

I removed the flicker using GBDeflicker and made this video using Adobe Premiere Pro.

You can how much GBDeflicker improved the footage.