A time lapse video is a fun way to show the passage of time—and it’s also a nice way to grab attention in the social newsfeed. In this article, we’ll show you how to easily create a time lapse video of your own.
We’ll show you how to shoot create a time lapse movie on your phone in a couple different ways. First, we’ll show you how to use the “Time-Lapse” function on your iPhone or Android device. Then, we’ll show you how to create a time lapse with photos from your phone and assemble them using the Photo Burst feature in Animoto.
Most smartphone cameras have their own time lapse feature built in. To shoot your own time lapse video, simply open up the camera on your phone and select the "Time-Lapse" feature. Here’s what it looks like on an iPhone device:
Place your phone in a secure spot where it won't move around a lot. Then, tap the record button to start recording your time lapse. When you’re done, tap it again. Your video will play back compressed into a shorter time period for a time lapse effect like in the example below, recorded during set up for our recent holiday video with Cait Timmins.
PRO TIP: If you're planning to make a landscape video, turn your phone so your time lapse video is wide instead of tall.
When your video is done, it’ll be saved to your Camera Roll. You can easily upload it to social media to share, or upload it to Animoto to include in your next video.
The time lapse function on your phone camera can be fun to use in public spaces where there are a lot of people. The hustle and bustle of activity creates an energetic feeling. This time lapse video was shot in The Oculus at the World Trade Center in NYC.
On the other hand, time lapse can also be used to create a feeling of relaxation. Sunrises and sunsets are popular time lapse subjects. This example features a serene view of the ocean.
Creating a time lapse video using photos, rather than shooting an entire video clip, can be fun too. Take a series of photos over a period of time and stitch them together to show the passage of time in a way that almost appears like stop motion.
In this section we’ll show you how to create a time lapse video like the one below, using the Photo Burst block in Animoto.
First we’ll show you how to create your time lapse video with Animoto on the web. Then, we’ll show you how to use the Photo Burst feature in our iOS app, Animoto: Social Video Editor.
First things first, you’ll need some photos! Take a series of photos over a period of time to showcase an event, activity, or the goings on at a location.
PRO TIP: If things are moving really fast, you can use the burst function on your phone to take a bunch of pictures in succession. Check out the video below to see how a photo burst can be used for a time lapse or stop motion effect.
Add a new Photo Burst block by clicking the + ADD A BLOCK button in the top right corner of your screen and selecting the Photo Burst block.
Double click on the block to open it. Then, drag and drop your photos into the block in order. You can add up to 15 photos per Photo Burst block. If you’ve got more than 15 photos, just add more blocks! To learn more, check out our full guide to the Photo Burst block.
Once your time lapse is done, add the finishing touches to your video. Add a text block if you’d like to help tell your story. Plus, choose a song from our music library to help set the mood. The song in our video is “All About Your Heart (Instrumental)” by Mindy Gledhill.
If you’ve taken pictures on your iPhone, you can also create a time lapse video for Instagram Stories entirely on mobile.
Download the Animoto: Social Video Editor app and start a new video. Add a "Burst" and tap to select the images you’d like to add.
Learn more about our easy Instagram Story editor app on the blog.
Have you created a time lapse video with Animoto? We'd love to see it! Share a link with us in the comments below.