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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.
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.
Better Documentation would help
This is a great app that does what it says it does, but what it really needs is better documentation.
- The current version, 1.8, must be downloaded from the website because of some complaint about the AppStore's sandboxing policy
- The "documentation" is a PDF that is technically a document, but doesn't really walk you through the process of making a timelaspe movie.
- There is no help, so you have to use the documentation PDF from the website (URL in the About menu)
It is not very fast, (likely this old MBP), but the most unexpected feature was an ability to rip TIFF stills right out of a quicktime MOV.
All the key features are there, now spend time making it user friendly!
Thanks for making a good app at an afordable price.
Does exactly what it says!
Beware of hi-res photos, though. Anything at 18 meg plus or, god forbid, all 36megapixels of the d800 won't work unless you set the crop at 1080 or 720 (Though this isn't a real issue because you shouldn't be taking time lapse-photos at high resolutions, as, obviously, that res will be wasted as each frame flies by in much less than a second).
This really speeds things up for me! No more fumbling around when I want to add a timelapse to a Final cut project…and I didn't have to spend $30 on Quicktime pro just for this one function!
In short, it's great!
- Category: Video
- Updated: May 21, 2012
- Version: 1.7
- Size: 0.3 MB
- Languages: English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
- Seller: Darryl Robertson
- © 2012 Microprojects
Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later