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How to Create a Time-Lapse Video

Time-lapse videos are captivating, inspiring and are popping up in more and more places around the web. If you’ve ever wanted to try this technique yourself, here are some simple steps to get you on your way to creating your own time-lapse videos with ProShow.

Time-lapse video of Mt. Hood reflected in Trillium Lake, Oregon.

We’ve previously shown you how photographer Mark Ridout created a wedding ceremony time-lapse video using ProShow Producer at a recent wedding shot in Canada.

But, calculating the number of shots you need to create your own time lapse can be tricky. Here’s a great article by the guys at 3exposure on how to calculate and plan for your time-lapse shoot.

Once you’ve got all the timing worked out, head over to Vimeo to watch some inspiring examples of time lapse videos and get step-by-step instructions on how to create your own.

The basic premise behind a time-lapse video is simple:

1. Keep your camera still, make sure your focus is set to manual and invest in a timer or device that will automatically capture images for you at a certain pace.

2. Capture a sequence of images over time, at least once per second will be sufficient for creating the time-lapse look.

3. Gather your images and bring them into a ProShow (in order). Set your slide times to 0 seconds and your transition times to .05 seconds. Then hit play and preview your video!

4. ProShow will playback your photos in order at the rate at which you set the slide times. For a quicker playback, shorten your transition times. For a slower playback, lengthen your transition times.

5. Output your finished slideshow as a video file to use in a larger project or simply upload it to YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo for sharing online.


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Amanda works in Photodex's marketing department and heads up the company's pr and events efforts. She loves photography, living in Austin and making slideshows.