Creating time lapse videos using multiple digital images

One of the interesting things that I have recently come across is photographers/film-makers using images from DLSRs to create high-definition time-lapse videos.

As an experiment, I thought I would try to create a short time-lapse video of the river Thames and Hammersmith Bridge in London.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to create a time-lapse sequence (assuming that you already have a sequence of photos that you wish to turn into a video) is as follows :
1) Buy Quicktime Pro from the Apple Store – about £20
2) Put your sequence of images into a separate folder
3) In Quicktime, select Open Image Sequence…, then select the folder and first image in the sequence
4) Select your frame rate (the number of images per second). I chose 12, but experiment, and see what works best with your images.
5) That’s it. If you are happy with the video, Quicktime will let you save into a number of formats which you can use on Youtube, Vimeo etc.

To get my sequence I set my camera to take a photo every 10 seconds for roughly an hour, which gave me 346 images.

For a beautiful and breathtaking example of what can be done using digital images to create high-definition time-lapse videos have a look at this clip, created by Tom at Timescapes.



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