Quick Time-lapse Post Production with Adobe After Effects & Bridge

An Introduction to After Effects and Time-lapse Photography from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.

Learn how to use Adobe Bridge and After Effects to assemble time-lapse shots. This tutorial is the first in a series, and focusses on getting started (more advanced techniques to come). For more on time-lapse, be sure to visit http://www.3exposure.com.

Want to know how Rich put’s together time-lapse shots in a way that’s both quick and powerful? Learn the essentials when working with Adobe Bridge to browse and order time-lapse shots. You’ll then see how to assemble and color correct the footage. You’ll even learn automatic ways to smooth contrast and add movement to your shots.

There’s many more advanced techniques to learn, but this is a great place to start.

You can download a free trial of Adobe After Effects here – http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=after_effects

The demo shot

Lighthouse at Sea from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.

Shot from a floating platform (aka a boat).

Two second interval…. processed with After Effects


About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

Posted on May 11, 2011, in Time-lapse, Video Tutorial and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Great short introduction to After Effects and timelapse. I’ve been having fun with it for several months now. Wish your video had been around when I started! 🙂 Can’t wait to see more on this topic, particularly with de-flickering plugins and what not.

  2. Wow, nicely laid out for someone who has never even opened AE to understand one time through. Would have loved if you touched more on retiming the sequence, since a TL has no real “base” time and it could be set to 720p30 or 720p60 too, how would that affect how it looked… and would have loved you to use AE’s stabilizer to anchor the lighthouse.

    • Richard Harrington

      Anthony… this is an introduction… a starting point. We have lots more to cover.

      As far as frame rate goes… we o discuss that in the movie. You choose the rate that the client requires. You can always render at a different rate.

      In future lessons we’ll cover retiming shots as well.

  3. I just played with AE 5.5’s stabilization on a quick, handheld iPhone video, and was VERY impressed. Looked like it was locked down on a tripod.