The Time Lapse Tutorial

If you just followed my Raspberry Pi time-lapse guide, then you probably want to know how to turn your images into a fantastic video very much like the example below.

If you’re just starting out and need to follow the guide you can find it here at Raspberry Pi time-lapse.

Using Time Lapse Software

I will detail how to create your timelapse using two different software packages with one being free while the other you will need to pay money.

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Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is an excellent tool for video editing that has a lot of features and functions you’re able to use. I currently subscribe to the creative cloud that allows me access to all the Adobe applications such as Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Lightroom and much more.

If you’re interested in the Creative Cloud, you can find more information here: Adobe Creative Cloud.

Let’s get started, there are two methods you can use however I can never seem to get the first one to work for me, but it is worth a shot. (I think it has something to do with how my images are numbered.)

Import Image Sequence

This technique didn’t quite work for me, but it might work for you so I will detail it here.

1. First, create a new project for time lapse. (No need to change any settings)

2. Go into File->Import (Control+I)

3. Select the first image of the sequence and tick image sequence just above the file name box.

4. This step should then create a time-lapse of all your images. (It only got about 1-2 seconds worth of my videos)

5. After this drag and drop from the project window into the timeline.

Turn Your Images Into a Time Lapse Tutorial

6. You’re now ready to export.

Import All Images

1. Go into File->Import (Control + I)

2. Select all the images you wish to use in your time lapse. This process may take a while to import if you have lots.

3. Drag and drop all your images across, keep in mind they may not all be in order. (If that is the case drop and drop your first lot then your second lot and so on)

4. Select all images (control + a) and right click and go to speed/duration.

5. Make the duration 8 frames and tick Ripple Edit, Shifting trailing clips.

Adobe Clip Speed Duration
6. You can tweak the duration until you get the effect you’re after. Once done simply export the video and it is now ready to use.

There you have a Premiere Pro time lapse done in some concise and easy steps, and if you don’t have the luxury of owning it, then you can use the free software below or the many others that are available on the internet at the moment.

Avidemux

Avidemux is a free video editor that can be used as free time lapse software. This software is perfect for anyone who can’t afford the Adobe products. You’re able to download it over at Source Forge.

1. Download and install Avidemux, once that is done, open it up.

2. Now open the first image in the sequence of images, it should auto-populate the rest of your time lapse.

3. If it doesn’t auto populate go to append and go to the last image that was added. If you look at the frames down in the bottom left corner, this will tell you how many images you have currently added.

Avidemux Frames

4. Once done, just go to File->Save->Save Video

5. Save the file with the extension .mp4 (e.g. timelapse.mp4)

There you have an Avidemux time-lapse, pretty easy! There is plenty more you’re able to such as bulk edit pictures to get different effects such as higher contrast, brightness, make it black and white the possibilities are endless.

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