Shooting a series of photos is only half of the job of creating amazing timelapse films. The other part is taking all those photos and creating a movie from them. There are a myriad of workflows out there using free to expensive software for basic to advanced users. In this video we show one professional workflow using Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw and After Effects. For those of you who don’t own these programs, free 30 day trials can be downloaded from Adobe.com.
As an open-source hardware company we also want to provide you with information on alternative workflows using inexpensive or free and open-source software. Below we’ll break down some of these options and give links to the software and relevant time-lapse tutorials:
PhotoLapse is a freeware jpg to avi convertor for creating time-lapses.
Timelapse assembler is donationware for Mac OSX 10.6 or higher.
TimeLapseTool is a free program for creating time-lapses for Windows.
A free editing program for Windows.
iMovie is free for Mac users.
One of the simplest and most popular quick workflows.
Adobe Premiere Elements
An inexpensive version of Premiere. We couldn’t find a time-lapse tutorial, but it should just be a matter of importing an image sequence.
Each of these workflows can take some time to perfect, but through practice, patience and experimentation you’ll find a comfortable work-flow to create beautiful time-lapses. Have other work-flows that you want to share? Let us know in the comments below!