How to Make a Beautiful Time-Lapse




  In this Instructable I will be showing you how to take an amazing time-lapse.
I will tell you about the best wind conditions and settings. 

1. Please Watch The Time-Lapse Video Above To See If This Is What You Are Looking For.

1.5. You need a time-lapse function on your camcorder/camera. 

2. Choose a day with a blue sky and thick white clouds, this will make sure you can really see the movement of the sky.

3. Go to your settings and select time-lapse.

4. It should give you the option 1 photo per...  The best choice is 1 photo every 3 seconds. This isn't too fast or too slow. So you wont get bored watching time fly by.

5. Set your camcorder/cameras ISO setting to 400 (My camcorder has ISO auto, 800, 1600 so I assume auto is 400). A low ISO stops the photos being grainy.

6. Set your Camcorder/Camera on a tripod either outside or pointing out a clear window. If your camcorder/camera is not water proof then I advise not putting it outside unless you are sure it wont get wet.

7. Make sure your camcorder/camera is not facing an eye sore such as someone sunbathing in their garden.

8. Make sure your camcorder/camera is fully charged (I suppose I should have mentioned that at the start).

9. Now here's the tricky bit... press RECORD. Ok not so hard really. 

10. Now just go and watch tv or something while your camcorder/camera speeds up time.

11. I advise RECORDING for about two hours or longer.

Check out my video. ( and like I said earlier don't make the mistake I made pointing it over someone's garden where you can see them hanging up washing).

(Wide angle lens is best)

Watch The Video Above To See The Results

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Whoa! The very 51,766th Instructable! And I'm the first one to comment on it! (All of this info is accurate.)

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Oh cool, its also a good idea using a waterproof tub thing, like I mentioned you have to be sure of the weather but not if your using that. :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Good advice on composition, but there are a lot of other ways to do time lapse. (Even if you don't have a time lapse feature on your camera.) The way I like to do it is to use a video camera set on the lowest FPS so that it records as long as possible before running out of memory. (And when you speed up a video in post it increases the FPS.) Then I will use a post production editor to speed it up to the time I want. I can add music, titles, etc as well.

    Most of the time I don't do time lapse artistically like you did, I use it as a bonus when a theater group hires me to do sound for their whole production. I will set the camera up so that you can see the whole stage before we start to move everything in, and I will keep it running until we have moved every last little thing back out after the last show. Then I speed it up and add music, and I give it to the theater group. I also usually stage something funny in the middle of it, such as everyone running into each other and falling over like in a keystone cops scene, people dancing or doing cartwheels on stage, everyone falling over and adding snoring sound effects at the end, etc. (just to name a few).

    Just saying that there is a lot you can do with time lapse, and just about as many ways to do it. :)

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! This is my first instructable and I just wanted to get some use out of my account making a instructable.your ideas seem pretty cool!