How To Make Time-Lapse Video With Windows Movie Maker

How To Make Time-Lapse Video With Windows Movie Maker

I have already written an article on How to Make a time-lapse video-A step by step guide.  About, what is a time-lapse video. Also discussed in detail as to how to calculate number of still shots to be taken for a particular event. Also how to calculate the time interval between each shots. As this will determine the final quality of your time-lapse movie.

In my previous article , I discussed about how to make time-lapse video using QuickTime Pro software.

Today I will be sharing with you on how to make Time-lapse video with Windows Movie maker.

Windows movie maker comes bundled with your Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10.

If you don’t have Windows Movie maker installed on your system. You can download Windows Essentials and install it. Windows essentials is a software bundle which includes,  Windows Live Mail and Movie Maker, as well as Photo Gallery, Messenger, Writer, and OneDrive.

Windows Movie maker is a most underrated tool, that many users ignore. Its free and you can do the most common editing of your videos. Like video splitting, trimming, adding music to video, add titles, captions, and many more features. Windows movie maker also allows you to save your edited video in many different formats.

Ok! so much about Windows movie maker, lets get down to business.

How to make Time-Lapse Video with Windows Movie Maker:

If you prefer, we have a short video here….

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I assume that you have already taken your sequential shots for the Time-Lapse video and saved them on a separate folder.

Step 1: Launch Windows Movie maker from the all programs menu.

Step 2: In the ribbon menu click on “Add videos and Photos

How To Make Time-Lapse Video

Step 3: This will open a explorer window. On the left scroll and select the folder containing the images to open.

Step 4: Now press Control+A on your keyboard to select all the images. At the bottom click “Open

Step 5: Windows movie maker will load all the images, as a film strip on the right half, with the first image displayed in the preview window.

How To Make Time-Lapse Video

Step 6: Now on the top of the menu click on the “Video tools” which you will see with a yellow background.

Step 7: In the video tools window you will see the option “Duration” where you can set the time duration for your video. By default 7.00 minutes is set. You have the choice to select from 1.00 minute to 30.00 minutes. But you can also manually set it, from a few seconds to few minutes.

How To Make Time-Lapse Video

Step 8: We are almost finished. In the right half, click on the first image than press CTRL+A to select all the images. In the Duration option set the time in seconds or in minutes as per your choice. For example in the above Time-lapse video of Cigarette burning down I set it to 0.10 seconds, since it had only 112 shots.

Now click on the play button. Windows movie maker will render your images in to a Time-Lapse video. As per your taste you can either increase or decrease the time duration. Decreasing the time will have faster effect.

Once you are satisfied with the video, click on file (folder icon with an arrow) > Save movie. You will find a lot of choices, you can save in HD format or even for your smartphones or have your own custom format.