Question: I own a Canon Rebel T7i and I was wondering if it was capable of capturing time lapse video. My friend owns an older Canon camera that will take sort of time lapse videos, but what it does is capture tons of individual images that need to be exported from the camera and then imported into a video editing program that will merge all of those photos into a video. I’m not interested in doing that sort of thing. He was just telling me the other night that the software he uses (DaVinci Resolve) no longer recognizes the individual photos as a sequence. He says that after he imports them into the video editor, they’re out of order, which screws things up. I’m looking to stay away from a whole bunch of separate pictures. Does anyone know if my T7i does time lapse video? And if so, what are the settings? Also, does the T7i do slow motion video?
Answer: The Canon T7i does have a time lapse video feature that’s very easy to use. To set it up, all you need to do is turn your camera on to movie mode and then press the Menu button on the rear of the camera. Then, once in the menu area, navigate to the Shooting section (the red area). You’ll want to keep navigating to the right to the 5th area (the red number 5). There, you should see a Time-Lapse Movie option. Enter that area by clicking the Set button on the rear of the camera. Inside, you’ll see a Time-Lapse option. Again, click the Set button and then the down arrow to the Enable option. Press Set once more and then the Menu button again to leave the menu area.
Once this is all set, mount your camera on a tripod and configure your photo settings, such as aperture and ISO. When you begin capturing your video, you’ll notice the camera taking individual photographs at certain second intervals. These intervals can be determined inside of the menu area, directly below the Time-Lapse Enable/Disable settings. You can also tell the camera what the maximum number of photos to take should be.
The best part of this feature contained within the T7i is that you don’t need to concern yourself with having to download and then import oodles of individual photos into some video editing program. The camera will merge everything into one movie file that’s easy to deal with.
Now, in regards to your question concerning slow motion video, yes, this camera can handle that too, but not in the same way. In order to take high quality slo-mo video, you’ll need to configure your camera to use 60fps (frames per second). Basically, you’ll want the camera to record as many frames per second as possible, so once you import your video file into the video editor, you can easily slow a scene down and still have it high quality. Producing slow motion video is really more about which video editing software you use, rather than which camera you use. Obviously, you’ll need a camera that can shoot at 60fps, but you’ll also need software that offers the slow motion feature.
To set the T7i to 60fps, press the Menu button again. Then, navigate to the red number 1. Then, navigate to the Movie Rec. Size option and choose the 1920×1080 59.94fps option. Press the Set button to accept the change and then exit the menu area. Take your video and then edit that video in your favorite editor that offers the slow motion option.
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