Hola Guys!

Am pretty excited today since its the first time that i created a movie out of my pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ย  What we will discuss here today is about Time-Lapse photography. It is nothing but stitching together hundreds of photos and playing them in sequence so that it may look like a video recording. Now, you may ask what is the need of doing all that crap when you can directly shoot a video?

Umhmmm! Take a look at the video below and you will realize why such a thing is not possible with video shooting ๐Ÿ˜€


Howzzat? Liked it? or it sucks? ๐Ÿ˜€ย  Am eager to hear from you. I know its not something superb, but frankly…i thoroughly enjoyed making this. In case any one of you is interested, here is how i made it.

1. Have a fixed setup. The camera should be in a frozen state. Place it over a tripod or fix it between books & stuff, do whatever, but make sure that the camera doesnt change its position even by 1 mm while you take those 100s of pics.

2. Now plan what you want to shoot. Let me explain a very simple one. Suppose your camera frame is covering half of your study table. Put a pencil in leftmost part of that frame. Take a picture. Move the pencil by half a centimeter to the right. Take another picture. Move again and click. Repeat this till your pencil is placed at the rightmost part of the frame.

3. Now that you have the raw material (the pictures), open Picasa and browse to the folder where you saved these pictures. There is a movie film shaped icon on the right pane as seen here:

You may use any other movie making application like Quick Time Pro or Apple’s iMovie etc

4. Click on that icon to open Movie maker window. In Transition style, select ‘Time Lapse’. Select the the slide duration as per your need. This slide duration is the amount of time for which each single image will be displayed. I used the slowest possible which is 1/6sec, this means the movie will show 6 frames per second. So for a 10 second movie i will need 60 frames. Got the math?

5.ย  Add audio if you wish by clicking on the ‘Load’ button under Audio track. I recorded the soundtrack (dont beat me up for calling that crap background noise as soundtrack ๐Ÿ˜€ please!), using windows audio recorder. Just to keep you informed, Picasa accepts only .mp3 and .wma format audio files. And windows audio recorder records in .wav format. You may use your mobile or any other applicaion too. So you may need an audio converter accordingly if the final output is not .mp3 or .wma

6. Click on ‘Create movie’ and then click on ‘Export clip’. Thats it. Your time lapse movie along with background score is complete! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The credits that you see in my video at last is done by adding multiple text slides with desired text in same format. You may find the ‘Add text slide’ button on right pane bottom as seen here:

The number of text slides is again decided using the same math as we did for the actual movie. A 10 second display should require you to create 60 slides with same text formatting.

Create some interesting time-lapse movies and dont forget to share….i would be really happy to see your creativity taking shape ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Just to give you a heads up…..the creation of movie including the editing part took me more than 2 hours while the actual shooting of the images of Jaumuns (Syzygium cumini) took only 30 mins including putting up the entire setup, testing lights, framing etc etc. Just pause the video in middle and you will see the details that i worked on.

Cheers guys! Make your own and have fun!