I was at Myrtle Beach for just a few hours yesterday and was taking photos of the sunrise on my phone. I was thinking to myself that I wished I had some sort of device for stabilizing the phone so that I could take time lapse photos (set the camera to take one photo every x seconds) and convert it to a video. I then decided to attempt to do it by hand, bracing the camera against the top of a trashcan and setting it to take one photo every second. I couldn’t make it absolutely stable and couldn’t take long sequences (because of fatigue) but managed to take decent shots of around 3 minutes each. (If I had planned ahead, I would have liked to bring something to hold the phone and photographed the scene for 10 or 15 minutes.)
Video of both segments together can be viewed here (click on download link.)
Now for the Android questions:
1.) The Gallery app in Android allows you to string up to 50 images together into an animated gif, but I’d like to be able to string an arbitrary number together into a video (and ideally resize/crop/etc them.) Stuff I can (and did) do on my PC, but would like the option of doing it on-phone. Anyone know of a video creation app that can do that?
2.) When I started to string the photos together on the PC, I noticed that the photos weren’t the same size–x and y dimensions differed by as much as 50 pixels or so from frame to frame (one might be 2550x1930, the next might be 2560x1925, the next might be 2540x1920, etc.) Any idea why the camera wouldn’t be consistent with a fixed image size from one shot to the next?
(To fix this problem on the PC, I had to pick a size from in the range (2560x1920) and resize all of the images to match it, then run it through an image-stabilization filter to correct for the slightly larger/smaller scenes caused by the resizing–some of the remaining shaking in my video is from my unstable hands but some of it is from correcting for the resized photos.)