How to assemble a timelapse

What you'll learn

1.What software options are available to assemble a timelapse?

2.What is a 'typical' frame rate?

3.How to assemble a basic timelapse using Timelapse Assembler?

You’ve shot your timelapse and now have hundreds of still photos. But how will you turn them in to a timelapse? This tutorial will show you how to assemble those stills into a timelapse video.

What you'll need

  • The stills you shot for your timelapse

  • Timelapse Assembler, Sequence, LRTimelapse or similar timelapse assembling software

  • A computer!

A bit of theory

Unless you’ve used a video camera to capture your timelapse, you will have shot a card full of still images that when played back will make up your timelapse. Video is simply just a number of stills, played back quickly to show motion. The crucial bit is the speed in which the frames are played back at.

The rate the frames are played back is called frame rate. This is measured in frames per second. In theory, you could play your frames back at any speed you like, but there are a few standards that arebest to adhere to in order to show movement naturally. Typically, video is played back at 24, 25 or 30 FPS depending on the look you’re going for. This all comes down to the way in which televisions typically work in different countries, based on the electricity supply. If you stick to one of these standard frame rates, your timelapse videos should look pretty smooth. If you want things to move faster, up the frame rate, but if you want to have a slightly more stuttering or jittering effect, simply go for a lower frame rate.

There are loads of ways of assembling a timelapse; you can use a video editing suite such as Final Cut, iMovie or Adobe Premiere Pro as well as some standalone software such as Timelapse Assembler, Sequence and the incredible LRTimelapse. The standalone solutions provide an easier workflow and are pretty simple to use, however the video editing suites will provide a broader range of options for adding titles, music, etc.

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