Making Timelapses of London with Galileo

Using Galileo at Horse Guards ParadeIn April 2012, I backed my first ever Kickstarter campaign. It’s name was Galileo and my main interest in the product was using it for moving time lapse photography, particularly at that year’s KingsStock Music Festival.

However, as I would soon learn about Kickstarter, not all projects produce the rewards as soon as you’d hope. Either way, in July this year, I received the Galileo in the post! So I popped my 4th generation iPod Touch and started doing some crazy stuff in my room. As you’d expect, most of it wasn’t very good and wasn’t of use to anyone. But I was getting used to how it worked.

I’d stopped using my iPod Touch regularly when I got my HTC One, and in addition the battery life of the device was rather short. This wasn’t great for working with the Galileo as it’s partially powered by the iOS device that’s plugged into it. I set about finding an external USB battery pack that I could use to power the Galileo and the iPod. At The Gadget Show Live @ Christmas at the beginning of this month, I bought a Energenie (for £25). It turns out that it worked very well with the two, so I set off into Central London to start putting it to good use.

Still of timelapses

On Saturday 9th November it was the Lord Mayors Parade and Fireworks display, so I hopped down to the Thames and set up shop. In the same evening, I visited St Paul’s Cathedral and Leicester Square.

The next day, I headed to Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and Regent Street.

I’ve done a couple of quick and dirty edits to show off what I managed to achieve when wondering around some London landmarks.

I captured 12 videos, each of about 2 to 3 minutes in length. I’m hoping to capture some more this month then edit them all together properly.

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