With timelapse, you can record videos that you play on the iPhone in an accelerated way. Discover how to record the best time-lapse movies with a funny effect on your iPhone or iPad device.
Record a Time-lapse video on iPhone or iPad
You can make Time-lapse video on iPad or iPhone devices. This is a movie that is played at a higher speed, so the time seems to go very fast. Timelapse videos have been present in the Camera app on your iPhone since iOS 8 and in this article, we explain how to create a such timelapse.
What is a Time-lapse?
A time-lapse movie shoots you in a lower framerate, for example with a speed of one photo every two seconds. If you then play the movie at normal speed, you get a funny effect.
Create a time-lapse on the iPhone or iPad
- Go to the Camera app and swipe right until you arrive at Time Lapse.
- Make sure that the object you want to film is in view.
- Press the red button to start recording.
- Record a few minutes of video.
- When you are done, press the red button again to stop the recording.
After making the video you will see a miniature at the bottom left. Tap on it to play the video. The iPhone has automatically accelerated the recording. You have to make a reasonably long recording, otherwise, the movie will be very short. The time-lapse movie can then be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook or other online services.
What do you use Time-lapse for?
Not every topic lends itself to a time-lapse film. Good subjects are
Everything that moves slowly, like a flock of sheep in a field, is suitable. By speeding up the playback, the movie is interesting to watch than if you played it in real time.
The speed of Time-lapse movies
The speed of a Timelapse movie appears to depend on the length. If your video is less than 10 minutes long, the Camera app takes two images every second. If the video is longer than one hour and twenty minutes, you get only one image for eight seconds. So, the longer the video lasts, the more the images are accelerated.
Below you can see how this works out:
- Less than 10 minutes: accelerated 15 times
- 10 to 20 minutes: 30x
- 20 to 40 minutes: 60x
- 40 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes: 120x
- More than 1 hour 20 minutes: 240x
Keep this in mind if you make a timelapse because you can not adjust this manually. With apps from third parties, it is possible.
Tips for beautiful time-lapse videos
Do you want to make the most beautiful Timelapse videos? Then keep these tips in mind:
Take into account the turning of the sun, so that a sunny scene can suddenly be shaded after a while.
Choose a different angle
Walk around to see how you get the best shot. Sometimes a scene can look a bit nicer from a different angle. For example, stand on a high bridge and film a scene from the top.
Use a tripod
Recording a time course takes a lot of time, so it’s not so practical to keep the iPhone in control all the time. It is best to use a tripod so that the composition remains the same. There are gorilla pods with flexible legs, tripods on the table or large ones that you can use on the street. Be careful that nobody can run into it.
A timelapse from your window is fun, but it is often a bit more beautiful when you go outside. You will then see no mirroring of the window and other things that can distract.
Make sure there is a distinction between objects that are stationary and move. The stationary objects provide a resting point in the image, while the fast moving objects provide the action.
iOS devices that are compatible to make Timelapse videos
Every device that works on iOS 8 or newer is suitable for timelapse:
- iPhone 4s and newer
- iPad 2 and newer
- iPad mini 1 and newer
- iPod touch 5G and 6G
If you want more flexibility, there are all kinds of apps that allow you to adjust the speed of the timelapse. A good example is Instagram’s Hyperlapse.
This allows you to adjust the speed at which the video plays. This app also offers more image stabilization. Also, keep in mind that Apple’s Timelapse will record the videos without sound.
There are many other apps that will help you to make a better Timelapse video with your iPhone or iPad or iPod devices.
That is it! This is how you can record time-lapse videos on iOS devices. If you have any other queries let us know them in the below comment box and we will sort it out for you.
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