Why do you need a graphical interface if you're just combining a bundle of JPEGs?
So many jobs...
Well... in general, perhaps it is really about the difference between art and science.
In the case of timelapse, what we are talking about is a form of animation.
Both framerate & framing need visual confirmation before and after rendering, as part of the creative process.
If you've seen the brilliant opening titles for the US version of House of Cards
, you will understand what I'm talking about.
District 7's sequence uses shadows crawling across Washington to ominous effect. Here's Andrew Geraci talking about it:
• How long did it took you to shoot all sequences?
We started shooting in March and wrapped up the final shot in August of 2012. It was nearly 6 months of producing more than 6TB worth of imagery.
• We see over 30 timelapse clips during the opening credits, how many did you shot?
In all, there were over 120 individual shots that we produced over the course of 6 months.
The full interview & a titles clip is here:
http://www.alexandrosmaragos.com/2013/0 ... rview.html
Now, they shot with half a dozen Canon 5D digital SLRs, using an HDR technique which shoots 3 frames to be combined into one in the final rendering.
Thing is, there's no real reason- other than primordial software- that what they did couldn't have be done almost as well by indies using a Raspberry Pi or six, at considerably less cost. In making motion pictures & TV, visually reviewing work-in-progress has been revolutionary, (even for people who still send film to the lab).
I just find it surprising that with all the people working on flavors of linux and such, there are so few working on the Pi's visual aspects- especially considering the untapped creative potential in fields like medicine.
As far as 'so many jobs
' you hit the nail squarely on the head. You may guess how old I am if I tell you I started with Amigas, and learned on Tim Jenison's DigiPaint and later Lightwave; my first titles were done using EA's under $100 Deluxe Video (which was also used to produce TV's Max Headroom). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=973fiFaSXqw
Those Amiga folks understood the value of a transparent GUI...
Today's Pi is a vastly more powerful & versatile machine than 1989's Commodore Amiga, but I sometimes wonder if a learning intention hasn't become a user limitation.
Afterthought... the editing of HoC titles is credited to ELASTIC, go to grid view on this page and see if they don't look like people you'd want involved here-