Tutorial: How to create a stop frame animation with TriggerTrap Mobile and Lightroom

August 28, 2013 · 0 comments

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I’ve been interested in getting into timelapse and stop frame for sometime now, but was rather disappointed when I realised my Canon 5D mark III doesn’t have a built in intervalometer… then as if by some divine intervention, the lovely people at Sunshine Co. contacted me to do a review on one of their products, the Triggertrap Mobile.

TriggerTrap Mobile is a small compact cable that connects your camera to your smart phone, and triggers your SLR camera in several creative ways. It supports over 280 camera models, and is available for iPhone and Android.

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https://triggertrap.com/

Features

Shoot variable-interval timelapses, and make time slow down or speed up during your timelapse video.

The TriggerTrap also acts as a cable release, making Bulb mode long exposures a breeze.

Love HDR? The TriggerTrap takes normal HDR images, as well as HDR timelapses!

The Distance Lapse feature uses the build-in GPS in your phone, and you can set it to take a photo every x metres. No road trip will ever be boring again!

Additional features include Sound Sensor Mode, Motion Detection Mode, Star Trail Mode, Bulb Ramping Timelapse, Facial Recognition, and even Wi-Fi Slave and Master Modes.

This handy little gadget retails for around R500 (while the App is 100% free!), and is available from various retailers in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. To find your nearest store, please visit the store locator. 

Have you bought yourself a TriggerTrap Mobile kit, used the easy to understand App, took several hundred photos, but now you’re stuck and have no idea how to create a video from all the photos? Fear not, here’s a step-by-step tutorial how to create a timelapse or stop frame video using Lightroom.

Watch my first ever stop frame animation video here. 

The above stop frame animation was shot using the Bang function (Clap, whistle or tap to trigger the camera shutter). The Bang sensor uses the built-in microphone on your phone to detect sounds over a certain level.

Tips

1. Since the sensor is triggered by sound, you will need a quiet space to work in.

2. Ensure your phone is fully charged.

3. Plan! Sketch out a storyboard with the sequence of frames.

Tutorial: Creating a stop frame animation using LightRoom

Step 1:

Import the images from the source, either saved on your computer, or directly from your compact flash card. Make sure you have selected all the images, and click on Import.

Step 2:

Click on the first image and then click on Develop. Use the tools on the right to tweak the first image, or select a Preset and customize to your personal taste.

Step 3:

Once you’re happy with your final edit, press Cmd C (Mac). Ensure all appropriate settings are ticked, and then click Copy.

Step 4:

Go to the last photo and select all the images. Click Shift Cmd S and then Synchronize. This will apply the tweaks you did to the first image to all the images.

Step 5:

Click on Slide Show, and then on LRTimelapse 25 fps. Now click on Export Video. Name your timelapse video, select the video preset as 1080p @ 25fps LRTimelapse (Full HD), and click Export to save. Depending on the number of images in your video, this could take some time, so grab your camera and TriggerTrap, and go shoot another timelapse!

 

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