Sunday, March 31, 2013

How To Take Time Lapse Photo's (CHDK)


How To Take Time Lapse Photo's (CHDK)
In this video I'll show you how to take time lapse photo's, with a Canon Power Shot camera using an intervalometer script. It is only possible to do this after installing the CHDK hack on your camera. You will learn how to download the "counter.bas" script file, how to load it on your camera and how to run it. If you need to learn more about installing CHDK a link is provided in the video.

You Will Need...
Canon Power Shot Camera
CHDK Installed
SD Memroy Card
Mac or PC
SD Memory Card Reader

Step 1: Download The Intervalometer Script Zip File
A. Go to thsi web site http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/Countdown_Intervalometer
B. Scroll down until you see the zip file "CHDK_Countdown_Intervalometer.zip"

Step 2: Un-Zip The Folder
A. Un-zip the folder on Mac using Stuffit Expander or on a PC using the default extraction tool
B. Notice the helpful text file that offers further explination on using the script

Step 3: Drag & Drop The Script File Onto Your Memory Card
A. The name of the actual scirpt file is "counter.bas"
B. Place the counter.bas file in the "Scripts" folder which is located in the "CHDK" folder

Step 4: Safely Eject The Memory Card
A. Place the memory card in the camera

Step 5: Turn On The Camera & CHDK
A. Use the "card lock boot" method or the "firmware update" method

Step 6: Press The Shortcut/Alt Button
A. This will toggle to CHDK mode

Step7: Press The Function Set Button
A. This will pull up the script loading menu

Step 8: Select Load Script From File
A. Select "counter.bas"

Step 9: Choose Your Parameters
A. Set the interval between shots which is measured in seconds
B. Set the total number of pictures to be taken in this time lapse sequence

Step 10: Exit The CHDK Menu By Pressing The Menu Button
A. Notice the text "coundown intervalometer" blining in the bottom left corner of the display
B. Mount the camera on a tripod
C. Dial in your desired settings
D. Press the shutter button

The script will run until the total number of shots has been taken, or until the battery dies, or until the memory card runs out of memory, which ever comes first.

You can save 10 parameter presets. This will save you time if you plan on using the same script parameters repeatedly.

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