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Webcam Time Lapse

By Matt Shepherd

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****Version 2 is ready for retina displays and Mavericks! ****

Utility to create stunning time lapse movies from any webcam that serves up static images (jpeg,tiff,gif,png). Simply put in the url to a webcam image. Select the rate to download images, set the frames per second on the output, and click record. After a couple of hours you will have a time lapse of the webcam.

Great for security, setup a webcam at your house and record.

Also can create time lapse movies from attached webcams or built in iSight/Facetime cameras.

***Go to my website to see sample video

What's New in Version 2.1

Reworked image processing to drastically decrease memory usage.


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Customer Reviews

Does Its Job Well

The interface is clean and straightforward. Select your webcam. Set how frequently you want it to capture a frame. Set the frames per second of playback. Hit Record! A handy little converter tells you how long your video will be for every 2 hours recorded. The preview window shows the last frame taken and is based on the interval you set for capturing frames. I found this helpful for judging how much time is elapsing between frames.

Thanks to the developer for a nice easy to use app!


This will record off the built-in iSight, and the old external (FireWire) iSight. I tried a few webcam URLs but no go. Since there’s no built-in help, judging only from the error message, I guess the URL it wants is for an image (still or streaming JPEG?). Most webcams I found seem to use Flash (ugh) or Java. It’d be nice if a future revision included a list of known good URLs.

The UI isn’t polished. The “preview” window is really a view of the last frame taken, not a live view of the camera as I’d expect when using a connected/built-in cam. It uses a slider for the playback FPS (fixed to multiples of 3 seconds, why?) but a type-in box for the capture rate. A nice touch is expressing the playback rate as a meaningful number. The suggested save-as file name is basic: untitled.mp4. It could be cleverer and use the camera name or the starting date and time of the capture. The UI gets the job done.

Webcam Time Lapse
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  • $2.99
  • Category: Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 1.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

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