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07-30-2016, 01:18 PM - 4 Likes   #1
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Cicada caught emerging from its shell - MX-1 macro timelapse

First time I've ever seen a cicada emerging - normally I just get weirded out by all the empty shells around here. Even this time I missed the beginning of the show.


The MX-1 timelapse feature works very nicely, if you don't mind manually starting a new file every 25 minutes and occasionally having to switch batteries. I was very pleased with how this bit turned out. It's about 8 minutes collapsed down to 1 minute, out of a process that took an hour and a half for the cicada.

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That was awesome. We have many "empties" around the house at the moment but I've never seen an emergence. Cool stuff!
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Great video, thanks for sharing! I think the MX-1 is great for macro, but I have not used the timelapse feature.

Sorry, did you mean the total elapsed time shown in the video was 8 minutes, or 1-1/2 hours?
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Nice work! I notice a lot of cicadas around here prefer car wheels as well

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tanzer Quote
Great video, thanks for sharing! I think the MX-1 is great for macro, but I have not used the timelapse feature.

Sorry, did you mean the total elapsed time shown in the video was 8 minutes, or 1-1/2 hours?
It took the cicada about an hour and a half to get out of its shell. This video shows just the most interesting 8 minutes of it, condensed down to 1 minute. Clear as mud? :-)

I should have also mentioned, this is my first time trying the timelapse feature. It was great for this, but there doesn't seem to be any configurability - the 8:1 speedup seems to be a fixed rate, unless I missed something in the menu. Kinda wish it was equipped to adjust that, or to do long interval shooting.
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Very nice indeed! Am I correct in deducing the MX-1 time-lapse setting automatically creates a video file out of the stills? And there is no interval setting, just the 8-1 time compression setting?

I ask because it looks so good and I'd like to be able to be as successful if I ever have such an opportunity.
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Very nice indeed! Am I correct in deducing the MX-1 time-lapse setting automatically creates a video file out of the stills? And there is no interval setting, just the 8-1 time compression setting?
Right, there isn't a generalized interval feature, nor any adjustment for the timelapse speed. I think the timelapse implementation is just a variation on the normal movie recording, the only difference being that it throws away seven frames out of every eight. Thanks for the kind words.


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Yes the output is a video, not a bunch of single image files. The video file has extension MOV.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sluggo Quote
Right, there isn't a generalized interval feature, nor any adjustment for the timelapse speed. I think the timelapse implementation is just a variation on the normal movie recording, the only difference being that it throws away seven frames out of every eight. Thanks for the kind words.


-------- edited to add:

Yes the output is a video, not a bunch of single image files. The video file has extension MOV.
Thanks! Very helpful.

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