How Timelapse Works

If you’ve looked around our website or YouTube page, you’ve probably seen some of our time lapse videos. You may have even wondered “How did they do that?” We’ll, I’m going to tell you.

You probably already know that video is not a whole lot more than a series of pictures that go by really fast to create the illusion of movement. We call these pictures “frames” and one second of video usually contains either 24 or 30 frames.

In order to make the subject of a video appear to go faster, all you really need to do is remove some of the frames.

For example, if you have 10 seconds of video at 30 frames per second, you have 300 frames making up the video. If we go through and remove every other picture and squeeze the pictures we’ve kept back together, there is now only 5 seconds of video. You still see the action from start to finish, it just appears to move twice as fast.

For our time lapse videos we use special cameras that we set to take a series of pictures at a given interval. For example, when we do a driving time lapse, we set the cameras to take two snapshots per second. When we put it into our editing software that expects 30 frames per second, the video appears to move very fast because of how few frames there are.

So, for example, a 30 second video shot at 30 frames per second would have 900 frames. But, since our cameras only have 2 frames per second, the total number of frames in our timelapse video is only 60 which is only 2 seconds of video. So you are seeing 30 seconds of driving in 2 seconds.

So now that you understand timelapse, you may want to use it in a video. It’s a great way to show a project from start to finish or make long processes look quick and fun. You can also make timelapse more interesting by mixing it with regular footage, which will allow you to slow down the action to get a closer look and then speed it back up again.

We hope this was helpful and feel free to check out some of our other videos. If you have any questions, give us a call at 314-843-3663 that’s 314-VIDEO ME.

How To Appear Natural Confident and Interesting on Video

Have you ever seen a stiff, boring video? Today we will discuss a few ways to avoid this from happening with some helpful tips on how to “Appear Natural and Confident on Video.”

A helpful tip in making a video come alive is sounding natural and confident on camera. The best way to do this is practice! practice! practice! Practice out loud in front of family and friends and get their input. But be warned, sometimes those who care about you the most are your worst critics. Simply take it with a grain of salt, and ask for constructive criticism and positive suggestions only.

Samantha Naes, Owner of CN Video Production, also recommends practicing out loud in front of a mirror so you can see and hear how you’ll come across on camera.

And here’s a little tip: one way to be more interesting is to overact a bit. Increase your energy and voice inflection to keep the viewer’s attention. Speak at an enthusiastic pace but pause when appropriate, giving the viewer time to think about what you’ve said.
To come across more cheerful, try associating something funny with a particular line in your script. For example, Sam may make a joke at a certain line during the shoot and later, when the person reading the script reaches that line, they’ll remember the joke and smile.

The biggest mistake people make is saying too much in a single video. Stay focused, and don’t repeat yourself. Leave the viewer wanting more and allow your video to make them want to contact you.

We hope this was helpful, feel free to check out some of our other videos. If you have more specific questions, give us a call, we’ll be happy to chat with you.

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What To Do With Your Hands and Arms While Speaking On Video

Ever watch someone and just have a feeling about them, good or bad?   We all have.

85% of what you communicate is not with words.   It’s through the tone of your voice, the way you stand and a wealth of other messages that your body is unknowingly sending.

So What can you do with hands and arms when speaking on video?

Here are a few uesful body language tips that might help:

    • Clasping your hands is a sign that you are closed off.
    • Putting your palms together with one thumb over the other says that you may need some reassurance.
    • You should never cross your arms over your chest, since this gives the impression that you are not in agreement, closed off, defensive or insecure.


  • Open hands and showing palms indicate that nothing is being concealed.

To come across confident, have your hands open and relaxed on the table or at your side.   When your body is open, you project trustworthiness and will actually feel more confident.   It is ok to use some hand gestures, as long as they’re in sync with what you’re saying, and not too wild.

If you’re very nervous and just can’t get comfortable when in front of the camera, stand behind a chair, rest your hands lightly on the back of the chair, and only show yourself on video from the waist up.

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