Editing Time Lapse Imagery

With the amount of images needed to create a successful time lapse, it is important to ensure all of the photographs are edited to the same specifications. For example, if an image is cropped, the rest must be cropped in the exact same place. This is where the importance of the tripod becomes apparent. If the photo shoot is successful, the post-production process is a lot easier.

Using Adobe Lightroom, all images can have the same post-production effects applied.

To begin, all of the images must be imported into Lightroom.

  • Library > Import

All images should then be selected and a new Collection created. This will help to keep the images organised and together.

  • Check All > Import

Next, the Develop tab should be selected to access all of the editing options.

The first image should then be cropped to a 16:9 aspect ratio. It is important to use this ratio as it is the standard for moving image and video formats.

  • Develop > Crop > 16 x 9

Any editing options must then be applied (temperature, contrast, tint etc.)

All images should then be selected from the timeline at the bottom of the program and the Sync button selected. This will bring up a window where Synchronise should be chosen.

  • Select Edited Image > Scroll to Last Image > Shift Click the Last Image > Sync

The images should then be exported as JPEGs and saved in an easily accessed folder.

  • Export > Export Location: Choose Save Location > File Naming: Rename to – Custom Name – Sequence > File Settings: JPEG > Export

The images should then all be exactly the same, ensuring a seamless video project can be created from them.

Creating a Time Lapse Video

Creating a time lapse in Adobe Premier Pro CC is very simple and is mainly about ensuring all correct file types are selected.

Firstly, a New Project must be created and saved in a chosen location. The format must also be selected as HDV.

  • New Project > Choose a Save Location > Capture Format: HDV

The images must then be imported.

  • File > Import > Select First Image > Check Image Sequence Box > Import

The images will then appear as one file in the titled Project box. They must then be transferred to the Timeline box on the bottom right of the program.

  • Click and Drag File to Timeline Box

The setting must then be checked to ensure the frame rate is correct (25 for the UK, 30 for the US.)

  • Sequence > Sequence Settings > Timebase: 25.00 frames/second

The file must then be exported.

  • File > Export > Media

The settings should then be checked to ensure they are correct then the file saved.

  • Match Sequence Settings > Format: H.264 > Preset: HD1080i 25 > Export > File > Save As



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