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Preparation

The key to a successful time-lapse project is simple: Set up the camera someplace interesting, and then don't move it. Not a smidgen. Not a breath. While this sounds easy, you might be surprised at just how much you bump into your camcorder in the rigors of using the thing. Even if you set the camera on a table or use a tripod, just touching the Record button to turn it on and off is too much contact. So part of preparing for a time-lapse shoot is finding the remote control that (hopefully) came with your digital camcorder. You may have thought the remote control was only for playing back tapes, but the control also has a red Record button, and this is what you should use to start and stop your camera when you create a time-lapse project.

With camera and remote control, you're ready to find a subject and get set up.


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