Inside the TWiT Studio With Derrick Story

by Megan -

A frame of Derrick's time lapse, "TWiG in 60 Seconds"

Last week, we showed you Derrick Story's time lapse of This Week in Google being produced in the TWiT studios with Leo Laporte. This week, Derrick is taking us behind the scenes of his shoot, explaining the steps he took to create his panning time lapse. Here's a bit of what he has to say:

"What goes on behind the scenes at Leo Laporte's TWiT studio in Petaluma, CA? I recently spent an afternoon there recording scenes with a 3rd generation iPad to create the time lapse movie, TWiG in 60 Seconds. The process was as interesting as the activity I recorded.

Why iPad?

The latest iPad features a 5-megapixel iSight camera that records 1080p video at 30fps. Its low light performance is much improved over the 2nd generation model. Combine that hardware with iStopMotion for iPad, and I have a complete solution in a very portable package.

The Workflow

Once I had all of the hardware in place, I launched iStopMotion and set it to record a frame every 3 seconds. I captured a variety of scenes, some with panning, and others without.

I then used the DropBox feature in iStopMotion to upload the raw footage to my online storage. By doing so, I could access the files from my MacBook Air, and assemble the movie using Final Cut X. I uploaded the finished file directly to YouTube from Final Cut.

In the past, I've also done the editing right there on the iPad using iMovie, such as in this title, The Overlook."

Watch TWiG in 60 Seconds

Read Derrick Story's full recap of his visit to the TWiT studio!