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How to Make a Time-Lapse Video Easily and Efficiently

Last Updated: Jul. 05, 2020

Time-lapse videos are frequently seen on movies, documentaries and even social media platforms. The main difference between time-lapse videos and normal videos is that when time-lapse video is played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster. The following is a time-lapse video example.

Depict video: “Time-Lapse Video Template

There are two ways to make a time-lapse video, which are shooting a time-lapse video directly with any filming devices and creating a time-lapse video with existing video clips. Please refer to the following part you need.

Part 1. How to Shoot a Time Lapse Video from Your Filming Device

Majority filming devices allow you to shoot a time-lapse video, including your iPhones or Android phones. While filming a normal video, your phone would capture 30 frames per second. However, while filming a time-lapse video, your phone will only take 1 frame per second, but then these images are played at 30 frames per second. The results is an 30 times speed increase.

Here is the screenshot of iPhone camera interface with Time-Lapse feature.

iPhone Time-Lapse Feature

Image Board: iPhone Time-Lapse Feature

To film a time-lapse video, you need to place your phone in a place that doesn’t move a lot. Tap the big red dot button to start recording. When you are done, tap this button again. Wait for a few seconds, your video can be found at Camera Roll.

How to Make a Time-Lapse Video with Existing Videos Clips or Photos

As is mentioned above, time-lapse video is quite similar with videos that are played at a higher speed. If you can’t shoot a scene with time-lapse feature, the only option is making an existing video play faster. This is what FlexClip can help you out.

FlexClip is a free time lapse video maker online which helps you change video speed. Upload the video clip, select the video speed, then upload, you can get a time-lapse video. Besides that, it also supports uploading photos and then turn it as a time-lapse video. Moreover, FlexClip allows you to make other video edits, like adding filters, adding text and background music.

Here is how to create a time-lapse video with FlexClip.

Step 1 Click the Create a Video button to get started. If you like, FlexClip provides numerous video templates of all kinds. Check them out by clicking the View Templates button.

Step 2 Add photos or videos to the storyboard by clicking the “+” button from your computer.

Create a Time-Lapse Video - Add to Storyboard

Image Board: Create a Time-Lapse Video - Add to Storyboard

Step 3 Adjust time duration for photos and play speed for videos.

Create a Time-Lapse Video - Change Speed

Image Board: Create a Time-Lapse Video - Change Speed

Step 4 Make other edits, like adding filters, music, text.

Step 5 Export. Continue editing or save the time-lapse video you have created.

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to create a time-lapse video. You can shoot a time-lapse video directly with any filming devices or create a time-lapse video via excellent online time-lapse video maker FlexClip for free. Which way do you prefer? Share your thoughts with us via Facebook.

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