There may came a time when you want to capture an amazing moment, but if it unfolds over a period of time, you’ll need to speed it up so that your viewers won’t have to sit and watch it in real time. You’ve seen this effect in movies, and on TV generally with sunsets, traffic, and walking shots.
It’s called a time lapse, and it can be created with both still, film, and video cameras.
I recently found a great opportunity to use the effect. My son two-year-old son Devin, received a puzzle as a birthday party favor. When we got home I spread out the pieces, and showed him how to put it together. He understood the concept immediately, and even helped me put some of the pieces together the next time around. By the end of the night, he was doing it all by himself!
A day or two later, I decided to record it and make a video to share with friends and family online. The thing is, it took him 10 minutes to put the puzzle together. Not that I’m complaining about the time, I think it’s amazing. For the web however, 10 minutes is a bit long.
So, I sped up the action in Adobe Premiere Pro, added some music, posted it to my personal YouTube channel and Facebook.
Afterwards, I thought that others may want to learn how I did it. You can create some amazing family videos by just setting up a camera, and letting the magic unfold.
Here’s the recipe:
1) Camera mounted on tripod (don’t move it once you start recording)
2) Record action that has a beginning and end, or shows movements over time (sunset, traffic, etc.)
3) Adjust the speed of the clip with editing software
4) Add music
It’s pretty simple. Check out this video production tutorial to see how I did it, and I posted the final video as well.
How to make a time lapse video:
Watch Devin put his puzzle together: