I just purchased my first DSLR camera this summer (Nikon D5000) and have been messing around with time-lapse videos. Final Cut Express and iMovie were obvious options to create the video… but I didn’t want to mess with Final Cut for such a simple task (plus that’s not free). Most of the suggestions I came across on the internet said to use Quicktime Player, but I got a bit confused as the new version of Quicktime Player (Quicktime Player X) included with Snow Leopard (stupidly) doesn’t have the ability to create time lapse videos. However, Quicktime Player 7 (the old version that has the ability to do so), is most likely still installed on your computer. Way to make things confusing, Apple. Anywhooo … here’s the process of creating a time lapse video from stills using Quicktime (free) in Snow Leopard:
- Import your photos to a separate folder someplace on your hard drive. I suggest using Image Capture instead of iPhoto since you can import directly to a folder… whatever works, though.
- Navigate to and open Quicktime 7 (not Quicktime X) by going to Applications -> Utilities
- Go to File -> Open Image Sequence
- Navigate to the folder containing your pictures and select the first picture. Quicktime will automatically grab all the images in the folder.
- In the selection window that pops up, select the number of frames you want per second (number of images that will comprise a single second) and click OK.
- Once the images load, change the view by going to View -> Fit-To-Screen (Command + 3) to get a better look if your resolution is larger than your computer screen.
- Save by going to File -> Save.
–Technically you could stop here or simply export the video using whatever format you please. The pictures I used were quite large, and I had little luck determining which export settings work best. I find it easier to export with QuickTime Player X. Keep reading.
- Navigate to and open QuickTime Player X (Applications -> QuickTime Player).
- When opened, click the Export button and select the desired export setting. I found the iTunes setting works pretty well if you want a decent sized movie without taking up too much hard drive space. Once this is finished, you’ll probably want to delete the original video to save some hard drive space.