Feeding the Birds After First Snow Storm: Time Lapse Video

By | December 9, 2013

On Thursday, December 5th, we had our first major winter storm of the season here in Indiana. There was heavy snowfall across south central Indiana. We had at least six inches on the driveway, but 8.5 inches accumulated on the deck by the time it ended.

Friday dawned with clear, bright skies, and cold temperatures in the lower teens. And the birds were on the deck looking for breakfast.

So it was a perfect opportunity for a first attempt at a time lapse video. This was done with my Pentax K5, 1,069 pictures over 20 minutes. I then used Microsoft Movie Maker 2012 to create the video with each picture staying on screen for about 3 seconds, resulting in a video of just over four minutes in length. Took me some headbanging to then figure out I had to add a MIME setting on our web server to handle the latest Flash .f4v file type I was using for creating the Flash video and .swf components. Then some additional research to find and figure out how to use the Kimili Flash Embed plugin in WordPress. But here are the results.

You can click the Full Screen button in the controls to watch in full screen, which is best. The video was 1980 x 1080, so high definition resolution.

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The following video was taken on the deck Thursday morning just before dawn. The accumulation of snow was from the first wave that had fallen overnight. The second wave that continued pretty much all day, tapering off in the afternoon, had just started as I filmed this video. If you turn the volume up, you can actually hear some of the heavy, wet snowflakes hitting the camera.

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I have noticed a little occasional flaky behavior by the plugin, e.g. stuttering when you try to go to full screen, or not repainting the video on the page when you escape out of full screen. But this is first effort, and I am sure a little more research will help iron out any kinks, plus the Kimili Flash Embed plugin seems to be actively supported by its developer.