I-90 – Seattle to Boston

Kat did a very long drive a while back from Seattle to Boston along the entire length of I-90. We thought it’d be cool to capture this in a time-lapse movie. We hooked up her laptop to take a picture every other second the entire way with a web-cam. That’s 94,000 photos, 4.8GB for a 52 hour drive.

We used a custom version of Flix that the author kindly modified for us to capture these images. Pretty simple, we velcro’d the web cam to the dash and Kat plugged her laptop into a converter and just kept in on the entire drive.

I then wrote some simple shell scripts (all of this was captured on a PC and processed on a Mac) to pull every 10th image out and rename it sequentially. I then used QuickTimePro to put all the images together, add music, and compress to a MP4 (the original .mov file was 1GB (and much better quality), the MP4 got that down to 33MBs).

We then spliced it all together, added some music and finally found a place that allowed videos longer than 10 minutes and weren’t all uptight about copyrighted songs… so… here’s I-90 in 15 minutes.

This video is also mentioned (with comments) on:

Some people have mentioned the LA-NY music video that did something like this a long time ago.


dwAugust 30th, 2007 at 12:46 pm

Would it get your knickers in a knot if I posted this to Metafilter?

KatAugust 30th, 2007 at 4:15 pm

How does one get one’s knickers in a knot exactly?

KippAugust 30th, 2007 at 9:59 pm

Very cool.

You really took a picture “every second the entire way”? How big was the original movie? How many seconds between each frame in the movie after you put it all together and how many frames per second?

AdministratorAugust 31st, 2007 at 6:10 am

Actually – it was every other second. I updated the entry and put in all the geek info.

mattAugust 31st, 2007 at 8:55 pm

Bitchin. An admirable effort all around.

But what’s with the loser new age music? No offense… I dig my share of new age, but this is like “Jose gets hired by Windham Hill” :)