Time-Lapse Video: The Complete Guide on How to Make a Time-Lapse Video

Have you ever wanted to watch a sunset in a matter of seconds or the season change before your eyes? You can create this experience through a time-lapse video that you can make with your free trial of VideoStudio software.

What Is a Time-lapse Video?

A time-lapse video is a video that has been sped up or a series of photos of the same subject. These images are taken at different times of the day to produce a compressed view of an everyday occurrence such as a sunset or traffic along a city street. Time-lapse is also a great way to capture a process over time, such as an individual building a house or painting a picture and presenting it in a compressed fashion so that others can view the completion of the project from start to finish in a short period of time.

How to Make a Time-lapse Video

To make a time-lapse video, you should install software such as VideoStudio onto your device. Once you have installed the software, follow these steps:

  • Drag the video you want to time-lapse to your timeline.
  • Right-click your video and select Speed/ Time-lapse. This allows you to drag the speed scrubber to adjust the speed of your video.

You can also make a time-lapse video through a series of photos by installing the VideoStudio software onto your device and then clicking on "Insert Media File to Timeline" and "Insert Photo for Time-lapse/ Strobe" from the file menu. From there, use these steps:

  • Select the photos you want to include in your time-lapse.
  • Use batch edit to edit the tone and make other adjustments to the series of photos.
  • Once you are satisfied with edits to individual photos or the batch, select "OK" to add them to your timeline.
  • Once you have created your time-lapse, you can easily share it to social media or save to your computer in various popular file formats.

While both speeding up a video and creating a time-lapse from a batch of photos of the same subject are each easy ways to achieve the desired effect, many people find that the quality of individual, fully captured photos is better for time-lapse videos than simply speeding up the video. However, the photo method requires a large amount of space for the individual images, which are then used to make the video. Be sure before starting a time-lapse using images that you have ample storage for your project.

Time-lapse Video Maker

Video software enables you to create a highly professional time-lapse video without the need for fancy equipment with settings specifically for recording in time-lapse or any time commitment for taking a class to learn the technique. Instead, you can take the video footage or photos you shot of your subject, edit them to ensure that the color and crispness are how you want them to be, and create the time-lapse through a few simple clicks seamlessly. The VideoStudio software provides powerful editing tools so that no one will ever be able to guess that you didn't pay thousands of dollars for the equipment to make your video.


Download your free trial of VideoStudio today to begin making time-lapse videos and other photo or video creations and find out why Corel's VideoStudio is among the most trusted names in video editing software for businesses and individuals alike.

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