Timelapse Tides

July 01, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Science, Spain, Timelapse, Videos 1,397 views

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Those of you that follow my blog regularly know that I have somewhat of a fascination with timelapse videos and that I live in a town with a huge tidal basin that fills and empties with water twice a day in one of the locations on Earth with the largest difference between low and high tide. So naturally I’ve been dying to somehow make a timelapse video of the changing tides.

Unfortunately, the only way I have to make a timelapse video without having a computer plugged in is to fake it by taking a regular speed video and speeding it up later. And my camera will only take videos up to 67 minutes long for some reason. This resulted in a 1.86 GiB movie file, which, when converted to DV format to use in iMovie was well over 17 GiB. Yikes!
Timelapse Tide Filming

This shows how I had the camera set up on the rocks. I spent the 67 minutes reading a book and taking panoramic photos with my other camera.

Here’s the final product. I hope you like it. The clicking sound is the wrist strap of the camera hitting the tripod. Notice that two boats go by and their wakes make the waves bigger. And there’s a white bird that wanders around the middle of the video towards the end. Watch the boat when the video is sped up at the end.

This video is also available on Flickr, YouTube, Metacafe, Google, Revver, DailyMotion, Blip.tv, Veoh, Crackle, Stupid Videos, Sclipo, Viddler and Howcast.

It would be nice to do a full 6-hour low-to-high cycle. The logistics of that are still being worked out.

  • Faster! Faster! Now backwards! Forwards! Again! Again!

  • This may be my favorite time-lapse yet.

  • Thanks, sgazzetti.

    Simon, you’re more than welcome to download the video and sling the playhead back and forth as fast as your heart desires.

  • Amy

    I’m writing a computer science (computer graphics) paper in which I want to use high and low tide images to illustrate a point. I’m wondering if you’d be willing to let me use some images from you movie (providing credit to you) in my research paper (not for commercial use at all)?

    Thank you for your time,

    • Sure, Amy. As long as you reference this url in your paper and, if published online, post a comment here to your paper.

      • Amy


        thank you… Can you send me source images?

        if you include your email address, I can send you more details (including the conference, the text, and what I will be doing with your images)


        Amy Gooch (University of Victoria)

        • Sorry, Amy, but I no longer have the source images. The video you see here is all I have left.

  • Bo

    hello. I ‘d like you ask some question about using your video.

    My company, Yfactory, is Smartphone Application Development Company located in Seoul, South Korea. We usually develop Education Application and are about to make our new application for children which contains educational information about space and planets. It\’ll be very interactive and entertaining App encouraging elementary school students to have interests about space.

    I just want to know if we can use this video about in our paid application. It will be good example for children to explain about ‘The moon & tides\’

    If you want more information about Yfactory
    Please visit our Facebook community page http://www.facebook.com/yfactoryThank you for your time,Bo

    • Bo

      Oh, I wrote wrong facebook url

       If you want more information about Yfactory Please visit our Facebook community page http://www.facebook.com/yfactory

      thank you for your time,