How to Make Time-Lapse Video | Step by Step Guide
Time-Lapse Video, is an interesting technique. It involves time-lapse photography to record a scene or objects that changes slowly. Which is than played in high speed as a video.
Time-Lapse video basically consists of Photography. Shooting a bunch of Photos of the same scene which is changing slowly,spread out over a period of time.
Than combining all those shots together, run them in fast forward motion one photo after the other and producing a video. Its basically showing a long scene in a very short amount of time.
Time Lapse lets you see the natural progression of time. Allows you to see how things progresses in nature in a short time, without you waiting through the actual length of it. For example, sun’s movement, right from sunrise to sunset in a 10 second video.
Having said that, Now there are a few basic things you need to know in creating a Time-lapse video:
- Choose your subject/object on which you want to shoot. As an example in this short time-lapse video showing cloud movements.(see below)
- Figure out everything first, like where to place your camera, so you can capture the scene nicely (whole frame)
- Set your camera to take the automated shots at a preset time interval (in seconds)
- Assemble all your shots together in to a video (more on that later)
- You can edit your video, adding titles, music etc.
Now the big question (many of you wanted know) how many shots to take ? what should be the time interval between the shots ?
As far as how many shots to take, depends on what is your subject for time-lapse video.
So 24 fps X 180 seconds (3 minutes has 180 secs) = 4,320 : What this figure shows : You want your final movie to be 3 minutes long. Now if you decide to shoot an event or a particular scene for 24 hours, than the interval between the shots will work out as follow:-
If you are taking a long term event,eg. blooming of a flower,germination of a seed, which may take days, you can use a much longer interval of minutes or even hours.
Now that you got your shots, copy and save all your shots in your computer. Lets now compile and learn How to make time-lapse video.
Open – quick time pro – click on file – from the drop down menu choose “open Image sequence” navigate to the folder where you saved the images earlier. You need only to select the first image and quick time pro will load the rest,before you click on open.
At the bottom of this window you have to select the frame rate as shown below, because after this there is no option to change that.Quick time will load,render the movie and play it (Have some patients it will take some time).