How to Make Time‐Lapse Videos

How to Make Time‐Lapse Videos

Time-lapse photography has become very popular. A time-lapse video consists of still images of a scene taken at regular intervals over-time. This creates video of a long scene condensed over time. This wikiHow teaches you how to shoot time-lapse videos.

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Shooting Time-Lapse Video

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Get the right equipment. A good time-lapse video needs to be clear and steady. In order to get the right shot, you'll need to purchase some equipment: Here is some of the equipment you will need to shoot time-lapse videos: Digital camera: A DSLR (Digital Single-lens Reflex) camera is recommended for capturing time-lapse photography and videos. DSLR cameras produce high-definition output quality and provide better control. A camera that can auto-adjust the exposure is also helpful for certain time-lapse shots. If you don't have an expensive digital camera, you can do time-lapse photography using a smartphone. Tripod. When recording time-lapse videos, it is important to keep your camera in the exact same position throughout the entire time-lapse shot. Even a slight movement can create a wobble effect in the shot. One way of doing that is by making sure your camera is stationary. A tripod keeps your camera in the exact same position. Intervalometer. Many digital cameras (including iPhone cameras) have a time-lapse mode that takes time-lapse photos automatically at a pre-set interval. If your camera does not have a time-lapse mode, you can purchase an intervalometer which is a remote control that attaches to your camera and takes photos when you press a button. This allows you to take photos without accidentally moving your camera. Some intervalometers can be set to take photos automatically at regular intervals.
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Select your theme or subject. What are you hoping to show? If you are interested in having the video circulating on the Internet, think about what you want your audience to see. A good time-lapse video includes non-moving parts that contrast with moving parts. Some popular themes include: Sunrise, sunset, or from sunrise to sunset. A flower blossoming. Cloud movement. Star movement. A busy city street. A Drawing or Illustration. A construction project.
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Set the image output for your images. A time-lapse video requires a lot of images. Taking high-resolution raw images is not necessary and can quickly fill up your storage capacity. Use the following image output settings: JPEG image format (If using images instead of video). 16x9 widescreen ratio. Between 1900 x 1080 (standard HD) and 3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD) resolution.
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Decide how long you want your video to be. The average length for a time-lapse video is about 5 to 15 seconds. The average framerate for a time-lapse video is about 25 frames per second. This means that you need 125 images to create 5 seconds of time-lapse video.
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Set the intervals for your time-lapse video. The intervals in a time-lapse video are the amount of time that passes in between in image/frame in the video. The intervals for short events like a sunset or cloud formation should be about 5-20 seconds. The intervals for long events like a construction project or flowers blooming can be 5-15 minutes over several months. [1] X Research source
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Shoot your video. If your camera has a time-lapse mode, simply set up your shot and select the option to start filming. Sit back and wait for the shot to finish. If your camera does not have a time-lapse mode, connect an Intervalometer to your camera and use a stopwatch to take photos at regular intervals. Do not touch your camera during the shoot.
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Method 1 of 1:
Shooting Time-Lapse Video

Image titled Dslr
1
Get the right equipment. A good time-lapse video needs to be clear and steady. In order to get the right shot, you'll need to purchase some equipment: Here is some of the equipment you will need to shoot time-lapse videos: Digital camera: A DSLR (Digital Single-lens Reflex) camera is recommended for capturing time-lapse photography and videos. DSLR cameras produce high-definition output quality and provide better control. A camera that can auto-adjust the exposure is also helpful for certain time-lapse shots. If you don't have an expensive digital camera, you can do time-lapse photography using a smartphone. Tripod. When recording time-lapse videos, it is important to keep your camera in the exact same position throughout the entire time-lapse shot. Even a slight movement can create a wobble effect in the shot. One way of doing that is by making sure your camera is stationary. A tripod keeps your camera in the exact same position. Intervalometer. Many digital cameras (including iPhone cameras) have a time-lapse mode that takes time-lapse photos automatically at a pre-set interval. If your camera does not have a time-lapse mode, you can purchase an intervalometer which is a remote control that attaches to your camera and takes photos when you press a button. This allows you to take photos without accidentally moving your camera. Some intervalometers can be set to take photos automatically at regular intervals.
Image titled Timelapse
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Select your theme or subject. What are you hoping to show? If you are interested in having the video circulating on the Internet, think about what you want your audience to see. A good time-lapse video includes non-moving parts that contrast with moving parts. Some popular themes include: Sunrise, sunset, or from sunrise to sunset. A flower blossoming. Cloud movement. Star movement. A busy city street. A Drawing or Illustration. A construction project.
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Set the image output for your images. A time-lapse video requires a lot of images. Taking high-resolution raw images is not necessary and can quickly fill up your storage capacity. Use the following image output settings: JPEG image format (If using images instead of video). 16x9 widescreen ratio. Between 1900 x 1080 (standard HD) and 3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD) resolution.
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Decide how long you want your video to be. The average length for a time-lapse video is about 5 to 15 seconds. The average framerate for a time-lapse video is about 25 frames per second. This means that you need 125 images to create 5 seconds of time-lapse video.
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Set the intervals for your time-lapse video. The intervals in a time-lapse video are the amount of time that passes in between in image/frame in the video. The intervals for short events like a sunset or cloud formation should be about 5-20 seconds. The intervals for long events like a construction project or flowers blooming can be 5-15 minutes over several months. [1] X Research source
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Shoot your video. If your camera has a time-lapse mode, simply set up your shot and select the option to start filming. Sit back and wait for the shot to finish. If your camera does not have a time-lapse mode, connect an Intervalometer to your camera and use a stopwatch to take photos at regular intervals. Do not touch your camera during the shoot.
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