Create a time-lapse movie


06 Now you’ve got your movie in Premiere. If you hit the play icon in the little box above the project name on the left, you’ll be able to see your movie.


07 It’s time to adjust the frame rate. Go to File>Interpret Footage. Here you can adjust the frame per second – the higher the number, the faster the film. I’m going for 6fps. Now it’s time to export your movie. Go to File>Export>Media.


08 I’m saving my movie as a QuickTime file. Make sure your movie is within the safe margins by clicking on the Output tab and checking how it looks.


09 Depending on your software, your file will be put in an encoder queue. I have Adobe Media Encoder CS4. Add your file to the queue and click Start Queue. The encoding speed will depend on the size of your project file.

10 Now for the best bit: open your movie in QuickTime and watch it run. After the encoding process you get a true picture of what your film looks like. If you’re finding it too slow or fast, it’s a simple process to change the frames per second. The more you practice using time-lapse techniques in your work, the more you can create with them, so experiment and see what you can do.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

The Creative Bloq team is made up of a group of design fans, and has changed and evolved since Creative Bloq began back in 2012. The current website team consists of eight full-time members of staff: Editor Georgia Coggan, Deputy Editor Rosie Hilder, Deals Editor Beren Neale, Senior News Editor Daniel Piper, Digital Arts and Design Editor Ian Dean, Tech Reviews Editor Erlingur Einarsson and Ecommerce Writer Beth Nicholls and Staff Writer Natalie Fear, as well as a roster of freelancers from around the world. The 3D World and ImagineFX magazine teams also pitch in, ensuring that content from 3D World and ImagineFX is represented on Creative Bloq.