Many multimedia teachers would at some point introduce their students to stop motion photography or time lapse. This can be done through a variety of methods such as setting up a camera on a tri-pod and taking an image one at a time. Time lapse videos are everywhere. They are used to show the construction of buildings, movement around an area by people or cars. They are used to provide information that is not visible to the human eye.  I am a gadget junkie and techie nerd. I have become obsessed with time lapse videos and while  surfing the net trying to figure out how to make one, stumbled across my latest toy. A camera that makes time lapse videos, requiring no stitching and very little set up. I like anything that makes my life easier particularly if I need to process hundreds or even thousands of images foe a small video clip. Stop motion photograph is particularly time consuming. This then taken to a classroom situation can make the like of a teacher very difficult and frustrating. The Brinno TLC200 Pro is the first video camera to shoot time lapse HDR. The HDR is processed on the fly and the camera is very simple to setup and use. The dynamic range of the video is amazing for such a simple unit.

The camera is convenient for the classroom as it automatically converts its captured still images into frames of 720p video, which it records onto an SD card. When the contents of that card are then transferred to a computer, they show up as an AVI video file.

The Brinno TLC200 creates HD videos. Simply set the time interval for picture taking using its Menu and Time buttons, leave the camera in your desired location and let the Brinno do the work.

The 5-megapixel lens is rotatable up to 120 degrees, and you can attach an additional wide-angle lens to capture a larger view. By default, it captures two pictures each second, or you can set it to take images at intervals from every 1 second to every 24 hours.

An optional $20 shutter line accessory lets you easily make stop motion videos.

Another examples of use of this type of activity in a science classroom could include the use of Time Lapse Photography to document the stages of plant life. Plant a seed in a glass vase , directly against the glass for an optimal view. Set up a time lapse camera in a well lit part of the classroom which will have constant light. The camera should be set to take regular photographs every 10 – 15 minutes of the seed for the length of its gestation to mature plant. If a narrow planting vessel is used, the formation of the roots could also be documented and viewed.