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Time-Lapse will turn a sequence of images into a QuickTime movie.

You can select or drag and drop any number of JPEG, TIFF, PNG, Canon CR2 or Nikon NEF image files and folders. The image files can be sorted alphabetically or by time stamp. The QuickTime movie Time-Lapse creates can be JPEG, H264, TIFF, MPG4 or Animation format with a variety of compression options. You can select a standard frames per second or enter a custom value. The movie can be scaled to a variety of standard and HD sizes or a custom size.

The custom cropping option allows you to define a section of each image to form the movie frames or you can change the cropping section and scale over time to created animated effects. Filters to control color, exposure, blur and rotation are available and can be transitioned in an animation. The animation sequence is saved in a file that can be rerun and modified. Existing QuickTime movies can be converted to images for use in Time-Lapse.

What's New in Version 1.7

1. Animation files saved option.
2. KML file option with GPS images.
3. Skip verification option.
4. Vertical format option.
5. Added monochrome filter.
6. Filters can be individually reset.
7. Added filter fine adjustment.
8. Added image rotation function.
9. Added movie append function.
10. Convert movie to images function.
11. New verification log.
12. New PDF manual.


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Customer Reviews

Excellent Bargain!

I’ve only done one time lapse with this app so far. It spanned 32 hours of a snowfall which included 2 sunsets and one sunrise. This app handled the 1900+ RAW images just fine. It wasn’t the easiest to figure out; I had to experiment with test images a couple times to learn my way around the program. I found it has some powerful features one wouldn’t expect for the money, most notably accessed through the Crop>Custom menu item.

About the only feature my time lapse needed that “Time-Lapse” couldn’t handle is automatic exposure interpolation (aka RAW Blend, Holy Grail). This smoothly adjusts exposure transitions between daylight and nighttime. Unfortunately, you can’t get that unless you’re willing to pay 20x as much for a professional program. “Time-Lapse” does have a feature called tweening which comes close, but only works on the whole batch of images and not a select subset. As an improvement, I would suggest being able to drop your images onto a timeline where you can select only those images you want to edit using the app’s many tools.

BTW, version 1.7 isn’t the latest. After you buy it here, you can go to the developer’s website to download version 1.15.

Much simpler then command line, decent layout, and good options.

I'm primarily a linux user, so although I tend to go to command line and enjoy it, I wanted something that would give me a decent gui so I could crop as needed before rendering. Time-Lapse does this and more in spades. (I might add it's competitor Sequence does not do this as of Mar 2013.)

I tend to use either a GoPro Hero 1, Hero 3 Black, or a Canon SLR and this renders the HD quality images into a video editable mov file (of your choice). It's fairly intuitive, but does require a bit of a learning curve and some technical parsing of the manual to fully utilize the options. Specifically the Custom Crop option is confusing and the manipulation isn't smooth, also there's no saving your crop short of using an animation file (which doesn't render compressed). This leaves areas for improvement, but it's still very useable and much, much simpler then other time lapse rendering techniques (i.e. command line ffmpeg for starters).

The Filter Panel is a very nice enhancement, and almost worth the purchase alone. The ability to quickly and easily modify & crop the basics of your images, get visual feedback, and then render it for a quick view (i.e. using a rate increase) definately puts time-lapse at the top of my time lapse rendering apps.

I haven't tried time-lapse with more then about 8000 frames, but I do have some upcoming that I will be testing it against and if I see issues I'll report back.

Quality App

This honestly is the time-lapse application you want to invest your money in. One downfall is that you can’t live-view your time lapses before saving, but that isn’t much of a problem after you’ve messed around with it a few times. Another minor issue is that the videos the app creates tend to be extremely large (which can make the video choppy), but if you import and export through iMovie you’ll get an incredibly smooth time-lapse in a relatively small file, which is nice.

I definitely reccomend this app! I even created a time-lapse with 10,000 photos so this app can really do a lot.

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  • $4.99
  • Category: Video
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  • Version: 1.7
  • Size: 0.3 MB
  • Languages: English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later

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