You must have heard the term ‘time-lapse.’ What is it? How to make one? Well, it’s not rocket science making time-lapse. You have seen it many times in movies, documentaries, series or in YouTube videos. Time-lapse is an efficacious and handy tool you have up your sleeve.
In this article, we’ll be sharing the tutorial on how to make a time-lapse video on Android. You’ll see how easy making a time-lapse is. The best part is: It’s all possible with your Android phone. Read ahead.
What is a time-lapse?
This is a filming technique that transforms hours of a long video into a few seconds of lasting content. This process encompasses a series of photographs to create a video that portrays events in a fraction of the time they would take in real life.
The photographs are taken at a particular time interval, ideally in minutes. Then combining them together forms a video frame. Differently, all the photos are merged in frames per second. After that it is presented in a sequence of 24 or 30 or 60 frames per second.
You can create a time-lapse using any camera. The particular effect comes from the playback speed. The condition is your phone should be stable and have the storage of taking 240 to 300 photos to form only 10 seconds of time-lapse, in 30 frames per second.
And what else do you need? You need patience and time. Because to get a smooth, attractive time-lapse you have to record for hours, days, or months possibly. You may like to capture the sunrise or sunset of several days, clouds moving fast, a rose blossoming, etc.
Shoot a Time-Lapse using your Android phone:
These days most of the Android phones have their own built-in time-lapse feature. Also, this option comes very handy. You simply have to open the Time-lapse’ feature on your phone to shoot your own piece. Here’s how it looks.
- Firstly, you have to find a secured place where you’ll place your phone. Make sure it won’t move a lot during the process.
- Then simply press the red record button to start recording your time-lapse.
- When your recording is done, you get your desired content, press the same red button to stop recording. To give your video a time lapse effect, the entire video will be compressed into a shorter time period.
- Finally, when your recording is completed it’ll automatically be saved into your Camera Roll.
Extra tip: While you are making the time-lapse, shoot it in landscape mode to get a wide range of view instead of vertical.
Lapse It – Time Lapse Camera:
Now we’ll look at how to shoot a time-lapse using a third-party app. There are end numbers of apps you’ll find in Google Play store to create a time-lapse. But we’ll recommend “Lapse It • Time Lapse Camera.” Let’s see how we can shoot with Lapse It.
Step 1: First of all, you have to download and install Lapse It from Google Play store. You can download the free version which allows lower resolution
photos, whereas the Pro version gives you 720p quality photos.
Step2: Launch the app on your device and tap on the Start new capture button.
Step 3: Then, by pressing the left-hand timer button, you can set the interval of your photos. For example, you can set it to 2 seconds.
Step 4: Now press the red Capture button to start taking pictures.
Step 5: You can edit and set your pictures also. To do that, press play to preview the button, and to edit switch to portrait mode. You’ll find all kinds of options like adding effects, trimming, rendering, etc. Rendering transforms your images into MP4, MOV, or FLV files that you can share with family and friends.
Step 6: After that, go back to the main menu and you should tap the list captured button.
Step 7: You can simply tap the series of photos you wish to edit.
Step 8: Once you finish editing, you can tap on the Render button on the right side and rename your file.
Step 9: At last, play or publish the video you just made on your own.
Step 10: Head to the main menu of the app and press the List captured button.
Step 11: Tap the series you want to edit or share, and select View Details from the pop-up menu.
Step 12: Click the Render button on the right and type in a name at the bottom and click the smaller Render button in the bottom right-hand corner.
Q1: What are the apps I can use making time-lapse?
Answer: There are tons of apps you can use making time-lapse. We can name a few. You can use them or others also.
Q2: How do I speed up time lapse on Android?
Answer: To speed up the time-lapse first you have to go to the video. Then tap on the More option. Next, press Playback Speed. Lastly, choose the speed you want to use in your video. That’s it.
Creating a time lapse is not troublesome. You just need to be a little more creative. From now on, you know how to make a time-lapse video on Android. You can use the third-party app or use your built-in camera, both will do. Now, it’s your turn, try to make your own time-lapse and share with us. We’d love to see how you are killing it.