Yes, You Can Create a Time-lapse Movie with Photoshop

Many photographers are experimenting with creating timelapse or stop motion animations with their cameras.  Yes, you can create a time-lapse movie with photoshop as long as you have the Extended version.

To do this kind of work, the camera is typically placed on a secure tripod and a series of still photos is taken with their camera of a scene.  Typically teh photos are taken at regular intervals.

  1. Organize your frames. You’ll need between 12 and 30 images for each second of animation, so chances are you’ll have a lot of source material.  Make sure all the images are in one folder and that they are named sequentially. If needed, you can use the Batch Rename command in Adobe Bridge to fix any naming issues.  Files should be named similar to frame001, frame002, frame003, and so on.
  2. Open your animation. When you’re ready, it’s time to open the image sequence in Photoshop.  Choose File > Open and navigate to your folder that contains the image sequence files.
  3. Import a sequence. Select only  the first frame of animation (selecting more than one frame will disable the animation).  Make sure the Image Sequence option is checked.  Click Open to import the sequenced frames.
  4. What speed?The next dialog box asks you to specify a frame rate.  All of the standard video frame rates are offered.  Check with your video editing software to determine which rate you need for a particular project.
  5. Check playback. You can use the Animation panel to check your animated movie.  When satisfied, you can choose File > Export > Render Video.

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 Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

Posted on September 5, 2011, in Time-lapse and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I didn’t even know this could be done with photoshop. I’m definitely going to try this out in the next couple of days.

  2. I have been looking for something with more options that Quicktime and I had it all a long! Thank you for the informative and timely post. Rending now!

  3. If you want to learn some tips of traditional time lapse photography, check out this post!

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