Tag Archives: video


Haven’t had a coffee-themed post in a while, so here’s this.

Coffee 2014 from jayr sotelo on Vimeo.

h/t Scott Wegna

First day of school timelapse

Shot with an Olympus E510 & Sigma 30mm, f/8 at 1/250; 15 seconds between exposures.

Soundtrack: “Marathon Man”, by Jason Shaw.

Obligatory cheesy clouds timelapse video

I’m still playing with timelapse videos. In this case, I intended to take a longer timelapse, but the camera shut down when the battery died, so I needed to stretch the video. (With ~1000 photos, at 1 frame/photo, it runs 40 seconds.) The obvious (and easy) way is to just use more frames per image, but the resulting video is a little jerky (see below).

I remembered reading awhile back about software to smoothly slow down videos, but it required an nVidia video, which my laptop lacks. Just for kicks, I checked it out again, and now SlowmoVideo works with other chipsets as well. I downloaded and  installed it, and it works just like it says on the tin: it renders additional intermediate frames to smoothly slow down a video, and also renders video directly from a sequence of still images. The downside is that it takes a long time to work: OpenShot renders a ~1:20 timelapse in just a minute or two on my machine, but SlowmoVideo took about four and a half hours.

Production was similar to my previous videos: gTimelapse to capture images, SlowmoVideo to render the video, and OpenShot to add a soundtrack and titles

For comparison, here’s the same sequence of images put together with 2 frames per image to stretch to 1:18 in OpenShot rather than using Slowmo:

Timelapse: drawing

Playing with gTimelapse and OpenShot to create a time lapse video with my dad’s camera (mine won’t play nice with the software):

Production was easy as can be. Plug the camera into the computer, unmount and start gTimelapse. Set the photo interval and how long for it to run (2 seconds and 5 minutes in this case) and point it to the directory you want the photos to end up in. You’ll wind up with a series of sequentially numbered photos. Import the first one into OpenShot and click yes when it asks if you want to import as an image sequence. Tell it how many frames per image (5 in this case) and let ‘er rip. I added a soundtrack from the Free Music Archive tracks to sync collection, and Bob’s your uncle.

Edit: replaced Flickr video w/ Vimeo embed because the Flickr upload wouldn’t play sound.


Weather is beautiful. Wish you were here.

S.E.W. Time to Play

Smurfs v. Gargamel: Play by the S.E.W. 2012 “Time to Play” class. (Right-click to download.)

It’s a hard life if you don’t weaken

I still remember the first time I read Alan Sillitoe’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. I came across this video yesterday (via @Scott_Wegna & @R_Dart) and it prompted me to pull my copy off the shelf and start reading again. This film is about a decade earlier than Saturday Night, but it gives a nice bit of context for Arthur’s job at the bike factory.

On re-reading, I’m having a hard time picturing what part Arthur makes in the bike factory. Sillitoe describes him as working at a lathe and drilling and chamfering “cylinders.” My first thought was <a href=”http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_bo-z.html#bottom”>bottom brackets</a>, but the process in the film (at about 4:02) doesn’t seem to involve drilling or lathe work. Perhaps wheel hubs? The film notes at 11:39 that the assembly-line worker can pack over 1000 ball-bearing hubs in a day, not far off from the fourteen hundred a day Arthur turns out to earn his 14 pounds a week without having his piece rate reduced. Maybe even 3-speed hubs as at 11:51? After all, Sturmey-Archer was owned by Raleigh, the Nottingham bike manufacturer Arthur would have worked for.


Forty years later, the words of Ivan Illich ring truer than ever:

Vietnamese coffee

Mmmm . . . Vietnamese coffee

How To Make Vietnamese Coffee from High Beam Media on Vimeo.

Gmail man

Microsoft seems to be feeling some competition from Google, but Gmail Man certainly strikes a chord in light of Google’s new privacy policy (doesn’t make me want to go Office 365, though–sorry Microsoft).

“My business, your business, it’s all business.”