View Full Version : How to capture time-lapse from DV (firewire)?

09-19-2005, 01:35 AM
Does anyone know of a program or method to capture frames in intervals from a minidv camera via firewire on a pc? I want to do some time lapse shots of a sunset from out my window, and the only way I could do it now would be to record all 5-6 hours and speed it up, which I doubt I have the hard disk capacity for that. I've tried a program called vidcap.exe, but it's for TV cards and webcams, and says it can't draw for the IEEE1394 (firewire) device.

Will Vincent
09-19-2005, 02:08 AM

You want to make sure you use the "Capture every nth frame" feature.. ;)

Good Luck.

09-19-2005, 02:44 AM
also, not sure if this is relevent to your camera, but some come with an interval recording feature, where the camera records 1 second ever 30 seconds or a variation. . . if your camera can do that, it definetly saves tape!

09-20-2005, 01:13 PM
directorlca, unfortunately my camera doesn't do interval recording, but...

The WinDV program you recommended Will Vincent is awesome--exactly what I was looking for! Thank you very much.