Have you ever made a time lapse video? Do you also want to make time lapse video in a panning action up to 360° in a steady manner? If your answer is yes, why not try out the Veho MUVI X-Lapse?
I earlier wrote my personal experience of making a time lapse video by using a DSLR such as the Canon 6D. Although the whole process is quite simple, you still need to put some thoughts to it: setting up manual exposure and manual focus, converting images from RAW in Adobe Lightroom and process the video in Adobe Premiere and then export the media to a common video format.
With an app and the Veho MUVI X-Lapse, you can rotate your camera in anti-clockwise direction to record a video within a duration controlled by you. Thanks to Chris of MobileZap.com.au who sent me this little device to test.
So what is the Veho MUVI X-Lapse? It is a handy device with a self-rotation mount turning horizontally set on a vertical axis (the timer). There are basically three parts from this little gadget:
- Top: the phone/camera holder
- Middle: the X-Lapse body
- Bottom: the extendable legs
The top holder is made of plastic. Holding properly a smartphone such as the Apple iPhone 5s, Google Nexus 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4 is all that easy. You can also unscrew the mount and mount your camera directly to the tripod mount at the top of the X-Lapse body. According to the specification, you can mount a device with the weight up to 750g. That means you can even try mounting a small tablet or compact camera.
The body is actually a timer (remember the one you use in your kitchen?). Good to see it is a mechanical timer that requires no battery. You can manually turn the timer to set the time interval desired. There are markings for 15 mins, 30 mins, 45 mins and 0/60 mins. Surprisingly the timer is quite accurate. I have set the timer to 15 minutes and it matches very closely with the timer I set on my iPhone 5s. The direction of the rotation has just one direction: anti-clockwise.
You can set up the time intervals up to 60 minutes and up to a 360° panorama. Don’t expect to take a quick panorama by using the Veho MUVI X-Lapse like using the PANO function in your iPhone. The spinning settings are as follows:
- 15 mins = 90°
- 30 mins = 180°
- 45 mins = 270°
- 60 mins = 360°
At the bottom of the Veho MUVI X-Lapse are three extendable legs that help to stabilise a heavier or bigger camera. I always find folding out these legs helps. Retract one leg if you want to take videos close to a window because of the limited space. Right at the center of the bottom, you find the female screw thread that can be mounted on a tripod. In this case, the Veho MUVI-X-Lapse can be used more extensively with a good support.
Veho MUVI X-Lapse does not include any app in the package. However, if you want to take some still images or videos while using it, simply rely on the built-in app of your smartphone. If you want to take panoramic shots or time lapse videos, you may have to install a free app or purchase one with more functions. In this test, I downloaded the app called Time-Lapse (free version) from App Store. It simply did the job while my iPhone was mounted on the Veho MUVI X-Lapse. I have successfully recorded several time lapse videos. Then I transferred them to my computer, doing some editing, adding a piece of music while processing it in Adobe Premiere Pro CS 6. The following video was uploaded to Vimeo at the end.
Veho MUVI X-Lapse is an interesting gadget that helps you take rotating time-lapse videos or panoramic videos on your smartphone. The positive side is that it is light (99g), portable and no battery is needed. But you may find ticking clock sound (obviously) from the timer a bit annoying when taking panoramic videos. It is not loud but still causes some disturbance during recording. Of course you can simply remove this noise in a video editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro. In the instruction manual it also says the bell will ring when the timer reaches the end point. I am glad the Veho MUVI X-Lapse did not do so in my case and I do not think this is necessary.
I am always looking forward to seeing some improvements on Veho MUVI X-Lapse. Firstly, if it can offer a free app (branded with their name) downloadable from Apple App Store or Google Play that captures panoramic images or time lapse video, that is more than excellent. Or if it can offer an option to spin clockwise, that could also be mostly welcome.
All in all, the Veho MUVI X-Lapse is an impressive companion, adding more fun to your smartphone photography.