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Create a time-lapse movie

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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