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How to Make a Time-Lapse Video on iPhone

Last Updated: Apr. 24, 2020

Summary: This article shows you the basics of time-lapse videography on iPhone, offers some kill tips to take brilliant time lapse videos, and show you how to take your time lapse video to the next level with editing.

Time-lapse videography is a creative and funny technique that records a scene or objects that change slowly and then turns it into a video that plays back at high speed.

It sounds like that creating a time lapse video may need a lot of work. But, with your iPhone, you can easily make your own brilliant iPhone time lapse video!

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Part 1 How to Take Time Lapse Video with iPhone

Take a time lapse video on the iPhone is just as easy as recording a video with the built-in time lapse model.

iPhone Time-lapse

Image Board: iPhone Time-lapse

Here are the simple 5 steps to make a time lapse video on your iPhone:

Step 1 Open up your iPhone's camera app.

Step 2 Select the time-lapse shooting mode by swiping right until time lapse is selected.

Step 3 Tap on the screen to set the focus and exposure point for the part of the scene that you want to record.

Step 4 When you're ready to start recording your time lapse video, just press the red record button to start your filming. (A rotating signal appears around the shutter button when your iPhone is recording.)

Step 5 Tap on the red record button to finish the recording, then your time lapse video that you took before will save to the built-in Photos app on your iPhone.

Part 2 Tips for Taking Time-lapse Videos on an iPhone

Keep Your iPhone Still

For getting the best results, you should rest the phone somewhere or use a tripod instead of holding it in your hand, which may cause wobble when you are recording.

Lock Your Exposure and Focus

If you leave on the auto-exposure and focus when you are recording, the brightness and focus will change with each frame. So, locking the exposure and focus can prevent your iPhone from wasting time on trying to auto-focus and auto-expose for every single frame.

Give it Time to Capture Enough Footage

Try to record your time-lapse for a minimum of 30 minutes. Anything less, and you won't get enough footage to work with.

Pay Attention to Composition Principles

When you're taking your time lapse videos, the composition principles of photography are still crucial for you to get the best rule.

Capture Contrast When Recording

Most people record their time lapse videos with things that change slowly or those busy scenes. Of course, the two classic time lapse videos show us amazing visual effects. But if you can capture the contrast between them, you'll be amazed at how well it works.

Further Reading: Take Your Time-Lapse to the Next Level with Editing

Once you have enough time-lapse clips, you may want to combine them in one to make a stunning time lapse video. Or you need to make cool edits to your time lapse video, such as, add titles, transitions, audio, and more.

Then you will need a powerful video editor to take your time lapse video to the next level. iMovie app is a good option. Besides, here is another good choice for you: edit your time lapse video using a powerful and easy-to-use online video editor - FlexClip.

Now, follow us to take your time lapse video to the next level with edit using FlexClip:

Step 1 Visit FlexClip and sign up or log into your account, then click the Get Started Free button to create a new.

Step 2 Upload your time lapse video clips with the "+" icon > Add Local Media.

Upload Your Time-lapse Clips

Image Board: Upload Your Time-lapse Clips

Step 3 Split and trim your video with the "scissors" icon to cut the unnecessary party in your time lapse video.

Split and Trim Your Time-lapse

Image Board: Split and Trim Your Time-lapse

Step 4 Take your time lapse video to the next video by add transition effects, titles, background music, and more.

Edit Your Time-lapse

Image Board: Edit Your Time-lapse

Step 5 When you finish your edit, you can preview and save your time lapse video.

Final Words

That's all for iPhone time lapse videography. With the detailed steps and killer tips for making a time lapse video, you can easily make your own stunning time lapse videos. Do not forget to take your video to the next level with FlexClip video editor.

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