Magic Lantern: In-Camera Timelapse

In this post I will show you how to create a Timelapse In-Camera using your Canon DSLR. Therefore, you can simply copy-and-paste the finished video from your SD card, without creating it in post-production.

What is Magic Lantern?

Magic Lantern is an alternative firmware for your Canon DSLR, which lives next to the original firmware on the SD Card.
 It enables many advanced features, like an internal Intervallometer or even RAW Video Recording!
Check it out on their homepage: Magic Lantern Official Website

How to create the Timelapse

I will explain the procedure Step-by-Step:

  1. Turn the Mode Dial to the Video Mode
  2. Open the Magic Lantern Settings using the “Delete” Button and go to the “Movie” Tab
  3. Enable the Option “FPS Override” and change the “Desired FPS” to a low value. Feel free to experiment with different Settings!
  4. Go back to the Live View and you will notice, that the GUI became really sluggish. This is okay, as the image is now only updated at the set FPS
  5. Adjust your Aperture, Shutterspeed and ISO Level to fit your scene.
  6. Start a short recording and check whether your settings are okay and the image is not blown out etc.
  7. That’s it! Go ahead and start the recording for your timelapse!

 

Pros and Cons

Positive:

  • Less to no work in post-production necessary
  • Doesn’t use shutter actuations, and therefore preserves your cameras lifetime
  • No Noise

Negative:

  • Drains battery more quickly
  • Camera gets quite warm, which introduces noise
  • Lower Resolution
  • Harder to set up

 
Despite the negative points, I would strongly suggest using Camera Mode for your Timelapses. The lower resolution should not be a problem, as the finished video would probably be downscaled anyway.
Have you experimented with Magic Lantern? Maybe even created a Timelapse using it?
Let me know in the comments below!

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