Progress with Time-Lapse

Learning from last experience with the Time-lapse, I focused my work last week on exploring different methods to do a Time-lapse ( using apps, a phone camera, etc.).


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Thanks to Chesley for mentioning on her blog that iPhone has a Time-lapse option and thanks to Tanya for providing a link to MacWorld I have learned quite a bit about iPhone’s Time-lapse option. From fooling around with this Time-lapse option on an iPhone 6 and after reading Mac World’s article I learned the following:

  • How to turn on the Time-lapse mode on
  • Which iPhone and iPads can use the Time-lapse feature in ios 8
  • Just because you record longer doesn’t mean the video will be longer
  • Some tips for shooting Time-lapse videos:
    • Keep the iPhone still
    • Record movement
    • Capture something that changes slowly OR record something that changes quickly

Some Interesting Apps:

The article 5 Best Apps to Record Time Lapse Videos on Andriod, ios, and Windows Phone explores the five apps: Lapse it, Timelapse, Microsoft Hyperlapse, Framelapse, and Overlapse. Each of these apps are in different stages of development here is a breakdown of each.

Lapse it:

While I didn’t physically download the app (as it is not free). I did learn the following:

  • Pros: Easy to use, functional, shoot up to ten frames per second.
  • Cons: There is a supposed ‘blind spot’ when filming.


  • Minimal editing features
  • Constructs the Time-lapse as it goes rather than storing hundreds of pictures.
  • Pros: Provides a player and gallery, supports high and low resolutions.
  • Cons: Potentially may still have some bugs.

Here is an example of a Time-lapse:

Microsoft Hyperlapse:

Is still in the testing process, there is a google plus community anyone can join if they wish to use/test Microsoft Hyperlapse. From what I can tell it is relatively easy to use. Here are a few of the things I learned:

  • Pros: good video stabilization
  • Cons: Only shares to Facebook or Instagram, and it can’t apply it’s effect to existing videos.


Framelapse is probably, in my opinion, is probably one of the most advanced of these apps. It has many features to choose from. They do offer an upgrade to the Pro version (for a price) but may worth it depending on what you are looking for.

  • Pros: Fast to process a Time-lapse after it is created, all can be done on a phone, both the free and upgraded option provides many features.
  • Cons: Doesn’t save photos, no video-editing options, pro version is somewhat expensive.


Overlapse promotes an “easy to use” Time-lapse creator.

  • Pros: Easy to navigate
  • Cons: Gallery is lacking in comparison to other apps

After reading and testing out these apps/features I plan to use the iPhone feature or Timelapse to show my learning progress this week. Read my next learning project post for more information on how (specifically) to create a timelapse officially and to view my progress with painting landscapes!


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