Time Lapse Video with Mark Toal

Intro by Chamira Young

Today we wanted to give you another great example of how versatile your Platypod can be, especially for video! Photographer Mark Toal shares how he used his Platypod for creating easy time-lapse video on the go. This post was originally shared on SkipCohenUniversity.com, and we wanted to highlight it here as well.

Check it out below, and then try it for yourself!

Time Lapse with Mark Toal

Text, photo, and video by Mark Toal

​Today I had to get out of the house. The sun came out after a rainy, cool morning. I could hear power boats on the Willamette River near where I live just south of Portland, Oregon. Huge clouds were rolling across the sky, perfect for a time lapse video.  I knew exactly where I could get a great view of the sky and the widest part of the river.
I own about four tripods, but I’ve never liked using one. A while ago Platypod sent me one of their "tripods." I’ve been using it where I need to hold the camera steady, in this case for a 30-minute time lapse. As you can see it’s not a traditional tripod, but instead a very small plate with adjustable legs.
I carry a Panasonic camcorder with me because it’s very quick and easy to set up for time-lapse videos when I’m out hiking. As you can see in the photo, I attached the Camcorder to the Platypod, set it on a light post to shoot an image every second. After 30 minutes I turned off the camera, put the whole set-up in my sling bag and went home. 


Check out the time-lapse video below!