Timelapse of writing a GIS research paper

I’ve written a few scripts to generate the timelapse of the writing of my recent 3D Geoinfo 2014 paper. This timelapse has been been inspired by similar work.

The timelapse comprises 520 versions of the paper in 10 fps, from the first day of work until the camera-ready copy, including one round of reviews.

Each time LaTeX/BibTeX was run the scripts generated a timestamped copy of the manuscript. Later each page was converted to PNG, the PNGs were stitched into a grid (one PNG per version), and a video was assembled (one version = one frame). More information about the workflow can be found on Vimeo.