Hoping you would enjoy seeing me paint a new abstract, I got started with camera and lights. Then I deviated from the usual record-it-all method.
O-Snap in Action
I found an app called O-Snap that takes time-lapse photos. I introduced the whole set up in the previous post, “Recording SallyE Painting , Made Easy?” I promised I’d show you the finial result. It’s here. Let me tell you how it went.
As I mentioned before, I set up photo lights and put my iPhone on a tripod to get the view I wanted. I started the O-Snap app and chose my settings, hit Record (with a delay for me to move to the canvas), and began painting.
I stopped the recording a few times while I mixed the paints, or cleaned brushes, or decided what materials to use, or dried the paint. Finally, I stopped for the day and then started again the next day. All the equipment and the painting remained in place.
Recording was the Easy Part
I had some inconsistencies in the lighting because my studio workspace has a big window on one wall. (It was significant and needed adjustment later.)
Ok, snaps complete, painting complete. I physically shot a couple of close-ups and a full front photo of the final edition right there on the table to include at the end of the video.
O-Snap allows you to scrub through all the photos before you render the video, but with about 360 snaps, that seemed pretty impossible to me.
Old Skills Save the Day
My solution was to send the snaps to the Photos app. This was a good place to eliminate the snaps I didn’t need. Also, at this point I’m on my iPad instead of the iPhone.
With the culling done I now had less than 300 photos for the video rendering. O-Snap did it slick and easy. I might be remembering this wrong, but I think the video ended up in Photos, too.
What did the video look like? My setting for the video was 10 frames per second, but it looked a lot like a robot was painting – way too fast. I laughed my head off!! I reset it and tried again at 5 frames per second, and that was better and how it remained
The whole video ran for just under a minute. I didn’t time how long it actually took to paint the canvas, but I would guess around 3 hours, including mixing paints and cleaning brushes.
Not quite satisfied with my time-lapse video, I wanted a music background along with a title at the beginning, and a Thank you and link at the end. For that I needed a video editing program. I’m sure iMovie would work for this, but I used another program I had and was very familiar with, Camtasia for Mac.
With Camtasia I was able to adjust the brightness for the second day’s snaps where the light was low, add the music, the title frames, and the ending Thank you and the link frames. It finished up at 1:17 minutes. Everything I wanted it to be and just 37 mb. Yay!
Finally, Ready for Public Viewing
The resulting video fascinated me because I could actually watch myself working, even if at a very fast speed. It also seemed like magic to watch the painting develop. Wow! I did that. I don’t think the position of the camera was exactly what I wanted, but we could see it all happen. Next time more lights and a higher overhead position for the camera.
I uploaded the final video to my YouTube channel, ArtistSallyE and it’s ready for prime time. Take a look and please let me know what you think, both of the results of this little app and of the painting.
If you have any tips on set up, other than a separate overhead camera, I would love to hear them.