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How do I create a time lapse video from my photo series?



Q: Your cameras have the function to take a series of photos. How can I combine these individual shots into a time-lapse video?

A: You can do this for example with these two free software packages iMovie (macOS) or the Time Lapse Creator (Windows 10).

Windows

First go to the Microsoft Store and install the Time Lapse Creator programme from there:

Windows Time Lapse Creator

Then click on Import Folder in the software interface and select the location where you saved your photo series:

Windows Time Lapse Creator

Then all you have to do is press save and you can then specify a location for the finished time-lapse recording.

macOS

Start iMovie and click the Plus icon to start a new project:

iMovie Timelapse

Select Film to combine your photos into a movie:

iMovie Timelapse

Enter a name for your project here:

iMovie Timelapse

To change the default settings for your project, you need to open iMovie Settings:

iMovie Timelapse

Here you can specify how you want your photos to be placed, how long an individual photo should be displayed and how long the transition between photos should take:

iMovie Timelapse

Back in the iMovie interface you can now click on Import Media to add your photos to the project:

iMovie Timelapse

Then select the folder that contains your photos:

iMovie Timelapse

Your photos are now displayed in the Media Panel. Select all photos and drag them into the project timeline:

iMovie Timelapse

In the iMovie menu you can now go to Share in Ablage and export your movie as a video file:

iMovie Timelapse

Select the quality settings for the video here - Caution: at the bottom left you can see the size the file will have at the end. You can see that the file can become very large with maximum quality:

iMovie Timelapse

You can give the video file a name by clicking Next:

iMovie Timelapse

The resulting file can now be post-processed if desired. In the example the speed of the video is adjusted to shorten the length of the video from 16s to 6s:

iMovie Timelapse

iMovie Timelapse

iMovie Timelapse