Time-lapse video is shooting a video for a long period of time, recording a scene or objects that change very slowly over time. Thus, the video can capture hours, days, weeks, and then plays at an accelerated pace.
The easiest way to take time-lapse video is to focus the camera on an object that will change over time (sky with clouds, plants, a busy street), set the camera on a tripod so it doesn’t move, and shoot a series of frames for several hours or even days. These several hours of shooting are then collected in a video clip, the duration of which can be only a couple of minutes. So we get a video with a time-lapse effect.
Below are listed several applications for Android and iOS, specifically designed to create time lapse.
Lapse It is an excellent application for fans of time-lapse shooting from developers of Interactive Universe.
Thanks to the Lapse It application, you can shoot sunrises and sunsets, blossoming flowers, water movement, and much more. All that is needed for this is simply to select the necessary functions in the settings and set your device motionless. The main advantage of the program is the selection of key personnel.
There are two versions of this application available – free and paid. If you stop the selection for free, you will have to accept the absence of the following possibilities:
- recording in HD and Full HD;
- use of additional filters;
- insert music into a video;
- resume the video.
The main window of the application prompts the user to choose what to do: start a new project, look in the video gallery or get into the settings. The new project translates into the camera window, but not standard, as in most smartphones. Here you can find additional functions related to the cutting of clips.
The first parameter to specify is how many seconds will be captured in the frame. The choice of resolution depends on what kind of video the user wants to create.
By clicking the “more” button, you can get a set of settings that will help you record interval video. The focus mode can be set to constant, focused on the specified object, infinite or automatic. Flash mode allows you to use the flash. Color effects allow you to include filters such as sepia, black and white or negative. Finally, it is possible to fix the white balance and exposure so that they do not change during recording.
After shooting the material, the user can revitalize his projects. In the “info” tab it is possible to include the timestamp, which will be shown in the video. Forced reverse playback also gives an interesting effect.
A good result is the overlay of music on the video. It should be noted that the program allows you to choose which part of the audio file to insert. However, the audio should be the same length as the video.
The last tab serves to display the video. Here you can specify the file format, set the resolution again and set the number of frames per second, which will increase or reduce the amount of video. It remains to give the name of the video and everything is ready.
Returning to the gallery, at the very bottom, in the section “What’s Hot” – you can find the best videos from the community Lapse it. Of course, to send a video, you need to register.
At the bottom, there are more advanced settings, where you can choose the file storage path, file type and more.
The Lapse It application has amazing capabilities. That’s why we’ve added it on our top of time-lapse apps list. It offers something that is not in the standard camera application on the phone and in many other competing applications. Naturally, the free version will give you a positive experience of using, while a paid version will come in very handy for those who have a smartphone as a means to make money.
The Triggertrap company has announced Timelapse Pro—an application for programming time-laps. The application works in conjunction with proprietary camera control systems from mobile devices and gives time-lapse photographers more opportunities to create complex clips than Triggertrap in the basic version.
As the company’s representatives say, the application “opens the door to the modular creation of time-lapse.” In addition to the standard intervalometer function, which simply clicks the shutter of the camera every few seconds, the new application offers special delay modules.
These modules allow you to specify the number of shots that you would like to receive or the time period during which the camera should record. The delay allows you to set the camera in the right place, and the recording starts in seconds, minutes or even hours later. Modules can be given names, change their order and delete them when they are no longer needed.
For what can all these modules, delays and a “modular approach to creating time-lapse” be needed? The Triggertrap company offers, for example, a situation where you want to take pictures of how a certain plant grows in your garden. You can set the app to take pictures only during the day and to pause at night.
Another possible application is the shooting of sunrises or sunsets. You can leave the camera in a convenient place and quietly leave (for example, to sleep), being sure that the application will take care of the start of shooting at the right time. For the sake of objectivity, it’s worth noting that there is a delay in launching in many cameras—from those that have the time-lapse function.
The obvious disadvantage of the application is that in the situations described above, you will have to sacrifice your iPhone for the time because it will be busy working with the camera to shoot a time-clip.
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Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile
Microsoft Hyperlapse is an application for interval shooting. Hyperlapse Mobile uses special algorithms that help to stabilize interval shooting and make it smoother. Thanks to Hyperlapse you can, for example, record a full sunrise in 10 seconds or fit the entire concert of your favorite group in a 30-second video.
The main differences of the Microsoft application from the Instagram analog are that Hyperlapse Mobile, firstly, is “omnivorous”: the user doesn’t need to specifically shoot the video to create an “interval” effect. Processed can be even old videos, filmed a few years ago.
Secondly, Hyperlapse Mobile uses software algorithms to stabilize the image – unlike Instagram Hyperlapse, it doesn’t use smartphone sensors, such as a gyroscope or an accelerometer. Thirdly, the application Microsoft uses face recognition technology to stabilize the frame on someone’s face, than Instagram Hyperlapse can not boast.
Video speed can be increased by a maximum of 25 times, select the resolution and frame rate to your liking and create your own interval movie. According to Microsoft, the cameras with a wide view will be suitable for the program most.
Framelapse – Time Lapse Camera is a multifunctional mobile application for creating a time-lapse video on devices running the Android operating system.
Main features of the application:
- Frame interval.
- Ability to set the duration of the video to automatically stop recording.
- Built-in calculator for calculating the duration of the clip.
- Scaling and autofocus.
- Selfie timer, white balance, color effects, exposure.
- Support for the front camera.
- Video resolution.
- High-quality video output in mp4 format.
- Immediate loss, without treatment.
- Display the length of recorded videos.
- Dynamic viewing of the frame size without trimming.
- Built-in guide and help.
Special features of the application Framelapse – Time Lapse Camera:
- Set the interval from 0.1 seconds to 24 hours.
- Setting the duration of the video.
- Set Self timer.
- Lock the white balance.
- Exposure lock.
- “Magic wand” mode for automatic interval setting.
- Sleep mode (screen off) while recording is in progress so as not to drain the battery.
In the Framelapse – Time Lapse Camera application, you will also find beautiful templates and backgrounds that will complement and diversify your videos.
PicPac Stop Motion & TimeLapse
PicPac StopMotion is a high-quality application that will help you turn your photos into videos. The PicPac StopMotion application is a stop-motion animation and a serial snapshot with a time lapse in one program. In this application, you will also easily add audio files and music to your stop-motion movies.
- Use photos from the gallery on your mobile device, or video from your video library (broken into separate frames), or a photo from the social network Instagram, or take a series of photos taken in the interval (or slow-motion) shooting mode, in order to create stop-motion/timeline clips and animations. Also, you can create the same video clips that users of devices running iOS can do with the new but already sensational Hyperlapse application.
- The ability to add recordings of voice or music to the video.
- Your videos will not be automatically downloaded to the application server.
- Your videos will not be automatically copied to the computer.
Main features of the application:
- The ability to create a video or animation for various display resolutions, namely for screens with the following progressive scan lines: 360p, 480p, 720p, 1080p.
- The possibility of duplicating the project, as well as the integration of different projects into one.
- The ability to use your own logo at the end of the video.
- Ability to record your own audio tracks.
- The possibility of a choice for video recording both music from your mobile device, and music from the Internet.
- Ability to repeat a picture or a group of frames.
In the application, 10 demo videos have been created to show you all the features of this program, including simple examples of stop-loss and time-lapse animations.
The TimeLapse technology will help you to compress your video history to the size of a video clip of such a length that you want. Turn a boring, lengthy event into an amusing short film or a short but exciting and dynamic story.
In addition, in the PicPac application, you can personalize your video with the application’s ability to apply a text block at the beginning of the video track with the title of the video chosen or invented by you, and also choose the font of this text. Also, you can independently voice your video or insert individual comments into it.
- The application processes videos and photos of any formats (GoPro, DSLR, etc.)
- Create an animation slideshow (the feature in development).
- Ability to create videos from your self-photos.
- The ability to create your own comic story. A good film ensures the preservation of good memories.
- Opportunity to reveal your creativity!
- The possibility of creating hyper lamps.
- Everything is possible! Animate anything!
Time Lapse camera
Devices running on the Android operating system can easily launch different applications to create a time-lapse video. One of them is distinguished by the absence of annoying advertising and the opportunity to use it for free. It’s called Time Spirit.
The program interface is clear and simple. There are three sections in the menu: active, ready, and tops. In them, you will be able to see not only the videos themselves but also the most popular ones from YouTube. Such videotapes can serve as an excellent occasion for new ideas.
There are two interesting modes in the Time Spirit application. The first one is called photolapse. They can be used if you want to fix changes in external forms or dynamics. For example, how people lose weight, how they gain muscle mass, how the abdomen increases during pregnancy, or how a child grows up. This technique is sometimes used to demonstrate the construction process, plant growth, etc. If there is not enough functionality for processing the captured photos, you can resort to third-party applications, for example, “Painnt”.
The app works in this way: a video is created from a huge number of small frames that are taken at a fixed interval, it can be from 24 hours to 7 days. From the user, it is required to install a smartphone in the same place to get a real time-clip video, not a slideshow. Depending on what time interval you set, the program will automatically remind you that it’s time to take the next frame.
The second mode is called VideoLaps. Unlike normal recording, this mode allows you to set certain settings to achieve an extraordinary result. The interval between frames can be put 0,1-60 seconds, acceleration in 3-1800 times. The video can be shot for up to 12 hours in a row. The advantage of the program is to save battery by automatically reducing the brightness of the screen.
The downside is that there are no filters that could be superimposed — you will have to use the appropriate programs and the timing of the finished video should be counted independently.
TimeLapse by Toro
The application is even too simplistic, but for those who don’t want to bother too much in the settings, it is quite suitable.
There are only three parameters: the interval, the number of photos, and the resolution. After completing the shooting, you can select the frame rate and video resolution up to 1080p.
Time Lapse by Sukros
Time Lapse is an excellent application for the Android smartphone camera, which will allow you to shoot small video clips that will consist of photos taken at regular intervals. As a result, you get a video consisting of a photo-session.
In the setup, you can specify the settings for the recording process and the source video. There is a choice of resolutions: 480p, 720p, 1080p, and even 4K, with which Ultra HD can be selected if the camera of your smartphone has a resolution of at least 9 Megapixels!
The video capture time can be specified up to 1 hour, and the frame rate from 1 to 50 per second. Time Lapse is the first application of its kind supporting 4K.
Hyperlapse from Instagram
Instagram, owned by Facebook, has released a new application Hyperlapse for the iPhone smartphones, designed to record video in the time-lapse technique—with an increased interval between frames. The program has built-in advanced image stabilization technology, which allows you to create “speedy” videos without visible shaking even in motion.
No effort is required to master Hyperlapse. Also, it is not necessary to register in it. To start and stop recording, just one press of a button is enough. After shooting, you can adjust the playback speed (from 1 to 12x) by moving the slider. You can share the footage on Instagram or Facebook, and save it to the device for later editing, for example, in iMovie.
As stated in the description of Hyperlapse, it allows you to create time clips using the iPhone, which was previously impossible without bulky tripods and expensive equipment. Thanks to the application, you can, for example, record a full sunrise in 10 seconds or fit the entire concert of your favorite group into a 30-second video.
As the developers say, Hyperlapse from Instagram creates a sense of the cinematic quality of shooting, achievable only with the use of expensive equipment. In this case, the application is fairly simple and not burdened with a large number of controls.
TimeLapse – Free
TimeLapse is heavy artillery or hardcore among the time-lapse programs for iOS devices. The good news—there are a lot of settings for tuning here, bad—there are even more of them than necessary. Preset modes are suitable for shooting clouds, crowds of people, watching the foolishness of family members, moving in the streets of the city, recording from the car, watching the night city, sunrise, and sunset, the course of the day and even a few predefined profiles for the flowering process.
For a delayed start of recording, a timer with a duration of up to 59 seconds is activated. If desired, white balance changes and focus shifts are blocked—a unique feature of the application. To save battery resources, the creators provided a lever to reduce the brightness of the screen.
Developers recommend that before starting the recording to include the mode “In the plane”, turn off all notifications and fully charge the gadget—a useful tip, regardless of which program to give preference.
TimeLapse has a built-in editor where you can import previously captured photos and videos, viewing them in a frame. In the free version, the created time-slots have a resolution from 360p to Full HD. The image is scaled (only in 16: 9 proportions.) There is a set of filters—sepia, vignette, inversion, color correction, and other “decorations”, and among other things—defliker for suppressing flicker. The maximum speed is 60x.
This application takes a photo from the iPhone’s camera at equal intervals set by the user and then creates a video clip from the received photo service.
The program doesn’t “store” photos in the gallery but stores it inside itself, automatically deleting after deleting the corresponding project. Another important point is the huge number of settings. In this respect, iTimeLapse Pro is an obvious leader. You can clearly set the resolution for shooting, the frequency, the total number of frames, you can set the blending mode. After the project is finished, the application allows you to select any video resolution (including setting your own resolution) and specify the aspect ratio. For the best result, it is recommended not to change anything but leave the same ratio as obtained when taking photographs.
The larger the size of the original photos and the higher the resolution of the video output, the more time it will take to render. In the application, you can also superimpose music tracks on the resulting video.
It is also worth noting that iTimeLapse Pro offers the widest opportunities for publishing videos. Literally, in one click the result of his work can be downloaded to YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo. But even if you find an application that doesn’t provide such features, you can always use individual clients for the mentioned services–they all are in the AppStore and are distributed free of charge.
Slow Shutter Cam
Very simple and effective application for creating time-lapse and creative photos with a long exposure.
The application works in several modes: Motion Blur mode, Light Trail mode, Low Light mode. The first is for automatic shooting at a long shutter speed—for example, if you want to shoot a waterfall or tide, turning the water into a haze.
The second mode is the classic “Freeze”, with the exception of one detail. What you draw with light is immediately visible on the screen. Moreover, you can put the picture on pause—go to the screen and see what has already happened and continue from the same place! Even in this mode, it’s very cool to shoot bonfires – you can wait until a weak flame is painted in a huge chic bonfire!
The third mode is manual. For those who want to control every aspect of shooting with a small amount of light. You probably didn’t even know what an iPhone/iPad camera can actually do at night
When creating a photo, you can adjust the shutter speed from 1/4 second to infinity, resolution of pictures, block focus and set the interval for continuous shooting.
OSnap! is a simple and intuitive application that will suit both novice shooters in the style of time-lapse and stop-motion and professionals.
- Support for portrait and landscape shooting modes, the ability to delete and add images at any convenient time;
- the possibility of shooting from the front camera and the camera on the rear panel;
- adjustment of focus, exposure, white balance adjustment;
- setting reminders to take another picture: hourly, daily, weekly, monthly;
- the ability to create the HD-quality video: 1-100 frames per second;
- the ability to add music and video to the video from the device and many other functions.
Timelapse Studio Pro
The application stores on the smartphone a captured frame-by-frame video in 4K Ultra High Definition format. In the settings, users can set the start time of the shooting and the endpoint, which can be the specified time, the number of pictures or the time period. Also, the developer added the ability to apply filters to the video.
- Excellent quality of the footage.
- The capability to fix a specific speed to a specific frame.
- The capability to move the frame to any place in the video, as well as cropping, inserting, cutting and deleting.
- Overlay mode to visualize the differences between frames.
- Grid mode.
The application allows you to import an image from your gallery. For convenience, you can use your smartphone as a remote camera, managing it through wi-fi. The application contains various effects, including Movie Effects, Movie themes, Tilt-shift.
Another convenient function is to save the location on each frame. And this is not the whole list of useful features. You can also note 4k-Ultra HD, 1080p and 720p quality, support for the front camera, support for full focus, exposure and white balance, as well as overlaying music on a video clip.
Skyflow – Time-lapse shooting
This is an impeccable tool for those who want to shoot video clips in excellent quality.
In the arsenal of this application, there are many functions, among which the choice of resolution and format, the effect of a blur, panorama, HDR, etc.
The most important feature of the application is that you can change the speed of the movie before you save the final version.
- Shooting and export in resolution up to 4K.
- Shooting and exporting RAW (for iPhone 6S and above).
- Manual ISO, shutter speed, EV, WB and focus control.
- NR Noise Reduction for cleaner images.
- The LLB sensitivity enhancement function for shooting at night.
- Long exposure modes: tracking and blurring the image with the preview function.
- Bracketing exposure for the subsequent export of HDR.
- Horizontal stabilizer for shooting in motion or out of the car.
- Pan function for dynamics and dramatic effect.
- Scaling function with distortion of the lens for interesting effects.
- Ability to combine some modes and change some parameters right during shooting.
Also, from the features, we can note the support of the camera, the battery indicator, setting the start/end time of the shooting, the ability to trim time, add music to the video clip, and much more.
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