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  1. #1 Question about time-lapse on the red 
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    I haven't tried yet, but how does time lapse on the Red compare to a DSLR? DSLR seems to have a better time lapse results than video cameras. Video cameras that try to do time lapse looks more like video that is being fast forwarded. How does the red do compared to a DSLR time-lapse?
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    I've been meaning to do a how to video about it for awhile, hopefully my circumstances will turn around and I'll finally get to it. Nevertheless my personal opinion is that within a certain range I find it superior to using a DSLR. Here are some quick points on why I shoot time lapses on Red for select shots..

    16 bit RAW
    r3d file is drag and drop no rendering
    in camera playback with various speed options (2x 4x..etc)
    in camera time-lapse settings
    easy of use with various lenses
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    Not having to carry around additional cameras

    Things to consider is
    Power consumption - its going to use more power than a dslr. I prefer paglink batteries because you can stack them if you need more juice. Use the battery belt clip so you don't touch the camera when shooting.
    Wind - if there is wind the monitor can act like a sail. I mount it upside down on the ssd side of the camera so its out of the way.

    When not to shoot red for time-lapse
    Astro timelapse
    Long term shots
    Exposures longer than a couple seconds

    Hopefully I can do a comprehensive post here in the future. Feel free to PM me with questions and I'll do my best to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adam brennan View Post
    Video cameras that try to do time lapse looks more like video that is being fast forwarded.
    With Red time-lapse shots each frame is like a dslr frame but it's automatically compiled into a single r3d container. No rendering needed for playback/editing
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    Perfect! Thank you Chad! Hope to see your work soon! I am new to this Red Epic W and just got it in yesterday.
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    Congrats, post here or send me a pm if you need help.
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    what is especially cool with red when time lapsing are 3 things.

    1. HDRx you simply can get a short exposure whitin your exposure.
    2. 360 shutter. Simply you can use this to later compile multiple frames in post to get variable exposure and speed of your clip without getting steppiness in your motion blur.
    3. In camera frame suming and frame adding functions somthing not seen in many still cameras which is a great way to increase exposure times without added brightness / frame average or frame adding that increase the exposure by adding frames together.

    shooting red also gives the possibility to have instant playback when done.

    And the 1tb mags and compressed raw gives pretty outstanding posibilities for clip lenghts / runtime.
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    Plus 1 what Chad said but just to be clear there are some longer exposures you can do with the RED but you need to really experiment to see what the limitations are.
    Personally I prefer using my RED in almost every situation for time lapse EXCEPT when shooting Astro time-lapse. And when shooting animation or stop motion the RED can almost always excel any DSLR for most tasks.https://vimeo.com/204837267
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    Russ, Astro time-lapse doesn't work well on the Red Epic W?
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    Also, the Epic-W does a 35MP still. So another advantage is that it has a higher resolution that most DSLRs out there, such as my 20MP 6D.

    In terms of power, I'd imagine it wouldn't be too much of an issue because, if I'm not wrong, you can do a hotswap with a combination of the battery belt clip and a mounted battery?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adam brennan View Post
    Russ, Astro time-lapse doesn't work well on the Red Epic W?
    No just really designed for that type of solution where you need iso 6400 and 30s exposures
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