you can do it using a camcorder or a digital slr camera. It would be easiest and cheapest to just use a minidv camcorder if you already have one. just set it up on the tripod and press record and walk away. you might want to get an extension cord to plug it in though if its near an electrical outlet. your only limitations then would just be a tape. thats why i like using a dslr better, your only limitation is the 1000 or so pictures you can fit on a memory card.
then rip it all onto your computer and in your video editor make the speed 1XX% faster.