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Time-Lapse Video in Motion 5

This video demonstrates how you can use Motion to quickly create a time-lapse video.

In the tutorial I also show how you can use Apple Preview to resize the photos before bringing them into Motion.

As an alternative, you’ll see me use Aperture to resize the photos, just in case you don’t want to use Preview. Both methods work pretty well, though Preview seems to struggle when you give it a lot of photos, and Aperture seems to handle any number of photos quite well.

I also demonstrate how to export the video from Motion so you can use it in another program.

By the way, make sure you don’t miss the other free videos I posted over the past couple days, the one about typography in Motion and the one about using Final Cut Pro X and Keynote together.

I hope you’re finding all these videos helpful!

11 thoughts on “Time-Lapse Video in Motion 5

  1. What was your picture taking interval for this time lapse? Did you use your AF100?

    1. Thanks for the comment, Tim…

      I don’t remember the interval. Sorry!

      And I believe I used my Canon 7D with an attached intervalometer to take the photos.

      I hope that helps!

  2. Do you still have your AF100? What lenses do you have for it?

    If you are selling, do you have any nikon adapters for sale ? I just bought two AF100As. I like them a lot, particularly the audio…it is so much better.

  3. Yes, I still have my AF100 and I use it all the time. Great camera.

    Off-hand I don’t remember all the lenses I have, but there’s one I use more than any other with it. It’s an Olympus Zuiko 14-35mm, F2. Nice lens and fast.

  4. Awesome! I am just trying to get my head around Motion. I was using another vid tutorial site that a friend buys and lets me use. I like your site a lot but just do not have the bread right now. These free tutorials are great! Thanks a lot Izzy!

  5. For timelapse I prefer to work with Lightroom & QT and can preset everything. Also match colour, lightness, brightness etc. After export, open the map with photo’s in QT, sequence, yet one mouseclick and after it you can import the sequence in FCP. I think it’s much easier like that way, don’t you think so?

  6. Tim, looking at the time stamp on the original files in Izzy’s files in finder during the tutorial I’d guess the interval was 30 seconds.

  7. Question: How did you get your original separated out jpg images. Was this video footage of your scene that was subsequently made into separate frames for batch resizing?

    1. No, they were separate images from the camera.

  8. May I ask, why would one choose to take separate images in a sequence like this (0443, 0445, 0446, etc.) only to have to knit them back together in Motion. Why not just shoot video to begin with of the same scene? Not following the purpose here.

  9. Rudolfi –

    If a regular video camera has the ability to do “interval recording” where it records one frame every X seconds, then there’s no need to do this process. But if you shoot time-lapse photos every X seconds apart, then you need a way to play them back as a video, so this process will help.

    I hope that clarifies…

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