By Yoshihito Ohki
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Zeitraffer is a simple tool for creating a time-lapse movie from multiple images.
Just select a directory containing image files (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP or RAW), and press Export button to make a movie. Various options such as file order, frame rate, output size and file format are available.
What's New in Version 1.1
- Now supports TIFF, PNG, BMP and RAW images
- Fixed a bug on exporting a movie with particular output size
Simple and easy
Fast, simple, and geared toward one object with very few options: framerate (per second), Order by date/name & ascending/descending, and export to mp4 or Quitime format. Input is a directory, from the slightly unclear “Choose...” option (initially, after that there is dome directory navigation available) and the Export… buttons set the final options. It even shows a progress bar while doing its job. Compared to iMovie, this is a godsend. iMovie is slow, creates bloated files, has default options that are hard to find (and remove), and is slow even for simple tasks. Zeitraffer makes a dead simple trask, dead dimple easy.
I had an inconsistent experience
It works like a charm at making a time lapse of photos. My problem is that when I first tried this in October, I was able to select photos from iPhoto easily from Zeitraffer, but now in December I can’t and had to export photos from iPhoto first before I could browse for them in Zeitraffer. I don’t know why the difference. Also in October, when I wanted to change the aspect ratio, I thought the right side of the video was cropped, but now in December it is cropped justified on both right and left sides, but I needed and anticipated it to be cropped on the right side. Please add some instructions and options involving iPhoto and cropping my time lapse video. Thanks.
Couldn’t be this good...
…but it is.
Spent a couple of days tring to find how to do stop motion on iMovie but had no luck. Decided to search “stop motion” on the app store and see what comes up. This had great ratings and it was free, so I thought something must be wrong with it but downloaded it anyway.
Choose my source folder. frames per second and hit “export” in less than 2 minutes it was done processing 12megapixel images and there were about 320 of them. Now I can take that movie file and import it to another program to add audio ext.
Brilliant simple program that does what it’s suppose to. My only complaint is that the name is odd. 6 months from now (if I don’t do any more stop motion) I’ll be looking at the app “Zeitraffer” and wondering what the heck is it for...