Shoot time-lapse videos with your phone
Shoot time-lapse videos with your phone
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Shoot time-lapse videos with your phone

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[MUSIC] [MUSIC] You've probably seen a time lapsed video before, the most common example is the gorgeous sunset that has been sped up to go from light to dark in just minutes, capturing scenes like this used to take a lot of money and time and special equipment, but I'm going to show you how to get professional quality results, using just your smartphone now, the app I'm using today is called Lapse It Pro. You've probably seen a time lapsed video before, the most common example is the gorgeous sunset that has been sped up to go from light to dark in just minutes, capturing scenes like this used to take a lot of money and time and special equipment, but I'm going to show you how to get professional quality results, using just your smartphone now, the app I'm using today is called Lapse It Pro. It's available on both iOS and Android, and there are a lot of options out there, but most of these tips can be applied to the competing apps. It's available on both iOS and Android, and there are a lot of options out there, but most of these tips can be applied to the competing apps. Now, first a few things about choosing the right scene. Now, first a few things about choosing the right scene. Time lapse photography doesn't lend itself well, to every situation. Time lapse photography doesn't lend itself well, to every situation. Even though the results look quick, these things take time to make. Even though the results look quick, these things take time to make. Ten to 15 minutes minimum. Ten to 15 minutes minimum. Because of that, make sure you're in a location where you can relax for a while, or be able to leave your phone unattended. Because of that, make sure you're in a location where you can relax for a while, or be able to leave your phone unattended. Windows work well, maybe, the patio of your hotel room, if you're on vacation. Windows work well, maybe, the patio of your hotel room, if you're on vacation. And when you're picking a scene, make sure you're capturing something that there will be some action in, even if it's subtle. And when you're picking a scene, make sure you're capturing something that there will be some action in, even if it's subtle. Waves on the beach, trees in the wind, cars on the road, people walking by. Waves on the beach, trees in the wind, cars on the road, people walking by. That's sort of thing. That's sort of thing. Now, when it comes to setting up your camera. Now, when it comes to setting up your camera. The most important thing is to make sure your phone isn't going to wobble around, since that's gonna break the spell of the video. The most important thing is to make sure your phone isn't going to wobble around, since that's gonna break the spell of the video. Unfortunately, with today's thin smartphones, it's nearly impossible to rest these on a table and prop them up [SOUND] on their own. Unfortunately, with today's thin smartphones, it's nearly impossible to rest these on a table and prop them up [SOUND] on their own. C/net [UNKNOWN] has a great video for making your own tripod mount to your smartphone. C/net [UNKNOWN] has a great video for making your own tripod mount to your smartphone. But, if want something quick and cheap. But, if want something quick and cheap. Try a binder clip. Try a binder clip. Or two. Or two. By placing one of these on each side of your phone, it makes it much easier to prop up, or even hang up on a nail. By placing one of these on each side of your phone, it makes it much easier to prop up, or even hang up on a nail. All right. All right. [SOUND] Now, I'm almost ready to record, but before I do, there are a few settings worth checking out. [SOUND] Now, I'm almost ready to record, but before I do, there are a few settings worth checking out. Tap the Settings Menu on the Home screen and the first thing you'll see are, CAPTURE SETTTING. Tap the Settings Menu on the Home screen and the first thing you'll see are, CAPTURE SETTTING. By default lapse it will take a picture every two seconds, which is great for shorter videos. By default lapse it will take a picture every two seconds, which is great for shorter videos. 15 minutes turns into about 18 seconds. 15 minutes turns into about 18 seconds. But, for longer stretches, say capturing hours or entire days, it makes sense to raise this closer to a frame a minute. But, for longer stretches, say capturing hours or entire days, it makes sense to raise this closer to a frame a minute. You can also make use of the schedule function to start recording at a later time. You can also make use of the schedule function to start recording at a later time. You can use this in conjunction with limit mode, to automatically stop your recording. You can use this in conjunction with limit mode, to automatically stop your recording. Now, a few other tweaks you can make. Now, a few other tweaks you can make. You can set the video quality to 1080p if you want the best quality. You can set the video quality to 1080p if you want the best quality. Just know that it's gonna eat up more space. Just know that it's gonna eat up more space. Also, disable the promotional ending unless you feel like giving lapse it a free ad in every one of your videos. Also, disable the promotional ending unless you feel like giving lapse it a free ad in every one of your videos. Now, once you're ready to shoot, you'll see a separate settings menu on the capture screen. Now, once you're ready to shoot, you'll see a separate settings menu on the capture screen. And this will give you options for locking down the focus, and white balance and exposure. And this will give you options for locking down the focus, and white balance and exposure. You can play with these if you really know what you're doing, but I got the best results just leaving these alone, on continuous automatic control. You can play with these if you really know what you're doing, but I got the best results just leaving these alone, on continuous automatic control. When you're all ready, you're gonna set this thing down. When you're all ready, you're gonna set this thing down. Make sure it's, steady. Make sure it's, steady. Hit the capture button, and then just find something to do for the next 15 minutes. Hit the capture button, and then just find something to do for the next 15 minutes. Now, when you're all done capturing your time lapse, wake up the phone and hit the stop button. Now, when you're all done capturing your time lapse, wake up the phone and hit the stop button. Then turn your phone into portrait view and you'll see a number of options for editing your video, adding effects. Then turn your phone into portrait view and you'll see a number of options for editing your video, adding effects. Music and exporting the final product. Music and exporting the final product. Use the trim button to edit out the shaky parts from the beginning and end, when you're probably handling the phone. Use the trim button to edit out the shaky parts from the beginning and end, when you're probably handling the phone. And then, in the info panel, you can rotate the video, you can make it square, you can lay a time stamp over it. And then, in the info panel, you can rotate the video, you can make it square, you can lay a time stamp over it. And when you're ready to make the final render, tap the Render button, check the box for copy to camera roll and give your movie a name. And when you're ready to make the final render, tap the Render button, check the box for copy to camera roll and give your movie a name. Then hit, Render. Then hit, Render. After a minute, you should have a new video added to you camera roll, which you can upload to YouTube or share however you like. After a minute, you should have a new video added to you camera roll, which you can upload to YouTube or share however you like. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] For more tips like this, including how to create your own time-lapse rotating tripod, head over to howto.cnet.com. For more tips like this, including how to create your own time-lapse rotating tripod, head over to howto.cnet.com. For Cnet, I'm Donald Bell. For Cnet, I'm Donald Bell. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] You've probably seen a time lapsed video before, the most common example is the gorgeous sunset that has been sped up to go from light to dark in just minutes, capturing scenes like this used to take a lot of money and time and special equipment, but I'm going to show you how to get professional quality results, using just your smartphone now, the app I'm using today is called Lapse It Pro. You've probably seen a time lapsed video before, the most common example is the gorgeous sunset that has been sped up to go from light to dark in just minutes, capturing scenes like this used to take a lot of money and time and special equipment, but I'm going to show you how to get professional quality results, using just your smartphone now, the app I'm using today is called Lapse It Pro. It's available on both iOS and Android, and there are a lot of options out there, but most of these tips can be applied to the competing apps. It's available on both iOS and Android, and there are a lot of options out there, but most of these tips can be applied to the competing apps. Now, first a few things about choosing the right scene. Now, first a few things about choosing the right scene. Time lapse photography doesn't lend itself well, to every situation. Time lapse photography doesn't lend itself well, to every situation. Even though the results look quick, these things take time to make. Even though the results look quick, these things take time to make. Ten to 15 minutes minimum. Ten to 15 minutes minimum. Because of that, make sure you're in a location where you can relax for a while, or be able to leave your phone unattended. Because of that, make sure you're in a location where you can relax for a while, or be able to leave your phone unattended. Windows work well, maybe, the patio of your hotel room, if you're on vacation. Windows work well, maybe, the patio of your hotel room, if you're on vacation. And when you're picking a scene, make sure you're capturing something that there will be some action in, even if it's subtle. And when you're picking a scene, make sure you're capturing something that there will be some action in, even if it's subtle. Waves on the beach, trees in the wind, cars on the road, people walking by. Waves on the beach, trees in the wind, cars on the road, people walking by. That's sort of thing. That's sort of thing. Now, when it comes to setting up your camera. Now, when it comes to setting up your camera. The most important thing is to make sure your phone isn't going to wobble around, since that's gonna break the spell of the video. The most important thing is to make sure your phone isn't going to wobble around, since that's gonna break the spell of the video. Unfortunately, with today's thin smartphones, it's nearly impossible to rest these on a table and prop them up [SOUND] on their own. Unfortunately, with today's thin smartphones, it's nearly impossible to rest these on a table and prop them up [SOUND] on their own. C/net [UNKNOWN] has a great video for making your own tripod mount to your smartphone. C/net [UNKNOWN] has a great video for making your own tripod mount to your smartphone. But, if want something quick and cheap. But, if want something quick and cheap. Try a binder clip. Try a binder clip. Or two. Or two. By placing one of these on each side of your phone, it makes it much easier to prop up, or even hang up on a nail. By placing one of these on each side of your phone, it makes it much easier to prop up, or even hang up on a nail. All right. All right. [SOUND] Now, I'm almost ready to record, but before I do, there are a few settings worth checking out. [SOUND] Now, I'm almost ready to record, but before I do, there are a few settings worth checking out. Tap the Settings Menu on the Home screen and the first thing you'll see are, CAPTURE SETTTING. Tap the Settings Menu on the Home screen and the first thing you'll see are, CAPTURE SETTTING. By default lapse it will take a picture every two seconds, which is great for shorter videos. By default lapse it will take a picture every two seconds, which is great for shorter videos. 15 minutes turns into about 18 seconds. 15 minutes turns into about 18 seconds. But, for longer stretches, say capturing hours or entire days, it makes sense to raise this closer to a frame a minute. But, for longer stretches, say capturing hours or entire days, it makes sense to raise this closer to a frame a minute. You can also make use of the schedule function to start recording at a later time. You can also make use of the schedule function to start recording at a later time. You can use this in conjunction with limit mode, to automatically stop your recording. You can use this in conjunction with limit mode, to automatically stop your recording. Now, a few other tweaks you can make. Now, a few other tweaks you can make. You can set the video quality to 1080p if you want the best quality. You can set the video quality to 1080p if you want the best quality. Just know that it's gonna eat up more space. Just know that it's gonna eat up more space. Also, disable the promotional ending unless you feel like giving lapse it a free ad in every one of your videos. Also, disable the promotional ending unless you feel like giving lapse it a free ad in every one of your videos. Now, once you're ready to shoot, you'll see a separate settings menu on the capture screen. Now, once you're ready to shoot, you'll see a separate settings menu on the capture screen. And this will give you options for locking down the focus, and white balance and exposure. And this will give you options for locking down the focus, and white balance and exposure. You can play with these if you really know what you're doing, but I got the best results just leaving these alone, on continuous automatic control. You can play with these if you really know what you're doing, but I got the best results just leaving these alone, on continuous automatic control. When you're all ready, you're gonna set this thing down. When you're all ready, you're gonna set this thing down. Make sure it's, steady. Make sure it's, steady. Hit the capture button, and then just find something to do for the next 15 minutes. Hit the capture button, and then just find something to do for the next 15 minutes. Now, when you're all done capturing your time lapse, wake up the phone and hit the stop button. Now, when you're all done capturing your time lapse, wake up the phone and hit the stop button. Then turn your phone into portrait view and you'll see a number of options for editing your video, adding effects. Then turn your phone into portrait view and you'll see a number of options for editing your video, adding effects. Music and exporting the final product. Music and exporting the final product. Use the trim button to edit out the shaky parts from the beginning and end, when you're probably handling the phone. Use the trim button to edit out the shaky parts from the beginning and end, when you're probably handling the phone. And then, in the info panel, you can rotate the video, you can make it square, you can lay a time stamp over it. And then, in the info panel, you can rotate the video, you can make it square, you can lay a time stamp over it. And when you're ready to make the final render, tap the Render button, check the box for copy to camera roll and give your movie a name. And when you're ready to make the final render, tap the Render button, check the box for copy to camera roll and give your movie a name. Then hit, Render. Then hit, Render. After a minute, you should have a new video added to you camera roll, which you can upload to YouTube or share however you like. After a minute, you should have a new video added to you camera roll, which you can upload to YouTube or share however you like. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] For more tips like this, including how to create your own time-lapse rotating tripod, head over to howto.cnet.com. For more tips like this, including how to create your own time-lapse rotating tripod, head over to howto.cnet.com. For Cnet, I'm Donald Bell. For Cnet, I'm Donald Bell. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

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