Time lapse photos are visually entertaining and notoriously difficult to create. Why? Well, it’s all that standing around and waiting for the time-lapse photos to be snapped (and hoping no one steals your camera).
After the photos are captured how can you get them into a movie? iMovie works, but it’s a pain to use it for time-lapse movies. For that you need Zeitraffer.
Slower Than Slow Motion
One of my favorite iPhone apps for time-lapse and stop motion is called OSnap! For time-lapse or stop motion photography on a budget, that’s a good place to start.
For Mac users who have collected hundreds or thousands of photos in a time-lapse capture, you’ll need Zeitraffer to complete the circle.
All Zeitraffer does is create a movie from multiple images. Drop all your photos into a folder on your Mac. Press the Export button and Zeitraffer creates a movie from the photos.
It’s that easy. It’s fast. And Zeitraffer is also free. What’s not to like?
What kinds of photos does Zeitraffer prefer? Everything from JPG to TIFF to PNG to BMP and even RAW photo files.
Options are nominal but includes the basics– file order, frame route, output size, and, of course the video file format.
The real problem with creating a time-lapse movie is gathering the photos, not the actual creation.
Zeitraffer makes short work of assembling the photos and converting them to a movie on your Mac. Add a time-lapse app to an old iPhone or iPod touch and you’ve got a good nanny-cam or security cam.
Or, it’s a good way to a portrait photo everyday of the year to assemble into a time-lapse movie (good for capturing photos of children growing up, too).