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things growing slowly
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look - motion! just. more is visible in high resolution, see below for downloading options:

mjpeg avi (high quality, big file)

x264 avi (good quality, medium file)

DivX avi (low quality, small file)
30th Apr 2007, 20:33   | tags:,,,,

boet says:

ace ! have to google for timelapse, maybe I will make one of those too.

30th Apr 2007, 20:38

mat says:

you have a nikon, yes? you can use Nikon Control (or, I used gphoto2 under linux) to take photos at timed intervals over usb. Then it's just a case of locking tripod down well, leaving it running for lots of time, and finally a bit of movie stitching in gimp (I think windows users can use Quicktime to stitch image sequences into movies)

30th Apr 2007, 20:47

afternoon says:


QT can indeed stitch the images together, but I'm not sure how easy it is.

30th Apr 2007, 21:38

Alfie says:

Weird Mat, whatever codec you've used crashes my media player classic!

30th Apr 2007, 21:42

spongevid says:

same thing that happens to Alfie happens to me! boo!

30th Apr 2007, 21:43

ViX says:

I can't even get it to play never mind crash anything!

30th Apr 2007, 22:02

Essitam says:

Erm i cant get it to work either???

30th Apr 2007, 22:29

Electric Sheep says:

Yeah, i don't seem to have the Codec for Quicktime for that video to watch on my mac.

However, the opensource VLC did manage to make it work. But i had to download the .avi to my desktop.

30th Apr 2007, 22:34

mat says:

It's not quicktime. I don't have quicktime, it's just a plain old jpeg compressed mpeg video, right out of gimp-video. I could always run it through mencoder and transcode to something like xvid?

noon - it's dead easy. just use 'import' to bring in a load of images, then 'export' (or save as, I can't remember) with your chosen compression options.

ES - yeah, you will have to download it. iirc, avis without streaming headers won't play unless the whole file is present. I think. Don't quote me on that.

Windows people - download and install CCCP (and both the bundled players), then use Media Player Classic and you'll never have to worry about codecs again. MPC rocks, and has absolutely nothing to do with Microsoft's Windows Media Player (which is awful).

30th Apr 2007, 23:22

Alfie says:

Mat - I have CCCP and used MPC to play the file - el-crasho.

30th Apr 2007, 23:25

mat says:

damn you. damn you all. it's just mjpeg - it's barely even compressed! gah! :)

give me a moment, I'll put up some other versions. DivX and/or x264 OK for you?

30th Apr 2007, 23:50

mat says:

right. links in the post at the top of the page.

30th Apr 2007, 23:55

Hward says:

I can't get it to play. Upload it to youtube?

1st May 2007, 00:28

mat says:

Not a chance. Flash video is an abomination. :)

If you can't play Divx or x264 video, you really have a codec problem. Don't you people rip TV off through the internet like normal people?

I'm using one of the least well supported video platforms around, a 64bit linux system, and I can play all three of those videos linked above. What's wrong with all your computers?

1st May 2007, 00:40

Electric Sheep says:

Get VLC. It works for all platforms.

VLC for: Windows
VLC for: Mac OSX

and it also has a bazillion different versions depending on your whorishness to linux.

If i can't get anything to work, i try VLC, and 95% of the time works.

1st May 2007, 00:49

mat says:

I used to ♥ VLC, but then I discovered mplayer . If mplayer won't play it, it's probably not video. (don't forget to scroll down that page above a bit and get the codec packs, otherwise it won't play anything)

Not sure about the Windows/OSX ports of mplayer, but the Linux version comes with full transcoding abilities as well as just playback.

1st May 2007, 01:44

JokerXL says:

I saw it move!

1st May 2007, 07:44

Euphro says:

I don't see to be able to get it to run using any of the links above :(

1st May 2007, 15:17

Euphro says:

It may be unrelated but I haven't been able to get uploaded video created from image captures to run in my moblog before (.3gp files from my phone work fine).

1st May 2007, 15:19

mat says:

not any of the three files I link to? Or just the file behind the thumbnail?

1st May 2007, 15:21

Euphro says:

Thanks mat, no, none of the files will run.

1st May 2007, 15:23

mat says:

Darn it. You on windows or *nix at the moment?

That said, I've tested all the files above on both systems and they play just fine. Windows on a CCCP-installed machine, Linux on my system (which has mplayer, libavcodec and ffmpeg installed).

If nothing else, VLC should play the mjpeg version.

I can't believe this is going so badly...

1st May 2007, 15:30

Hotdog says:

Played fine here loved the changes in sunlight

mjpeg avi and vlc

1st May 2007, 20:02

Alfie says:

Now that I've watched the vid it's just beautiful mate./

4th May 2007, 13:16

OJ says:

I can't play it here at work mat. My network won't allow the installation of those codecs...

I'm imagining it being a very beautiful thing though. Am waiting for some seedlings to come up myself, having planted some flowers from seed for the first time. What are the "things" that are growing? Mine are sweet peas...

4th May 2007, 14:21

Alfie says:

Cant you even play the X264 one in quicktime?

4th May 2007, 14:41

crickson says:

Works fine on my MacOS X.4.9 with mplayer.

Great vid!

4th May 2007, 14:45

OJ says:

"Cant you even play the X264 one in quicktime?"

Nope. Not mat's fault though. Quicktime isn't working on the (work) PC I'm on. I'll try at home later. I was just curious about what the seedlings actually are.

4th May 2007, 17:23

CrazyB says:

I can't get them to play with anything, and I view vids in lots of formats.

Ho hum.

Fun idea tho, pity my window sills plants all grew from nothing to mini trees in 3 days while I was away :(

5th May 2007, 01:49