How to Make a Video From Time-Lapse Photos


Filmmakers, photographers and video enthusiasts create time-lapse videos to compress a depiction of naturally slow or gradual events to within minutes or seconds. Transferring your time-lapse photos into a video requires speed enhancement and file compilation in a compatible time-lapse software program.

Things You'll Need

  • Time-lapse or video editing software
  • Download or purchase photo compilation software. Several websites offer time-lapse software downloads for free or for limited one-month trial periods. Many computers come pre-installed with useful video editing programs capable of image compilation such as Windows Movie Maker or Apple's iMovie.

  • Import your time-lapse photographs by using the "File>Import" menu in the editing software's screen. Locate the folder in which you stored your time-lapse images in the pop-up file browser. Load all of the images at once by right-clicking and pressing "Select All" and then "Import."

  • Adjust the frame rate at which you wish your final video to play. Frame rate refers to the number of frames, or images, that appear per second. Higher frame rates equate to smoother video playback.

  • Transfer all of your photos into the timeline at once by right-clicking in the editor's media window and pressing "Select All." Find the editor's timeline usually located at the bottom of the software's screen. Right-click in the first frame of the timeline and press "Paste."

  • Export your compiled images as a final video by using the "File>Export" menu. Most editing programs offer a variety of quality preferences for your final presentation. Higher video quality equates to larger file sizes.

  • Select the destination location for your final video on your hard drive using the pop-up browser window. Enter a title for your project in the text box and press "Export."

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