NASA recently released time lapse videos of the Earth from the International Space Station that apparently were shot with a Nikon D3S. Here is a nice compilation put together by Michael Konig:
The best part about these videos, though, is that fact that NASA provides the full-resolution still photos that were used as the source for the videos. You can get them all here. I’m no lawyer, but as far as I can tell, the terms and conditions allow you to use them pretty much however you want and, since you can compile videos from the stills yourself you could keep the resolution and have up to 4k video or get closer shots in HD resolution. Installation, anyone? Composite material for a shot looking out the window in your science fiction movie?
You used to be able to turn stills into movies in Quicktime, but now that feature is only available in Quicktime Pro, which you have to pay for. Luckily, there’s a free version available here. And while you’re there, check out this guy’s other projects. Especially exciting is the Arduino-based motion activated camera.