Export Time-Lapse Video

The Export screen allows you to choose the output format of the video you are exporting. You can then adjust the video quality and resolution of the final time-lapse video. When you have finished adjusting all of the desired settings, click the EXPORT button. The time lapse software asks you for the target video filename then starts creating your video.

Generate time-lapse video file

Output formats

Time-Lapse Tool supports following output formats:

  • Apple TV to watch on your Apple device without any conversion.
  • H.264 is the most common video format on the Web now. It requires a lot of PC resources for to generate a file but provides the smallest file size.
  • Motion JPEG (for maximum frame quality).
  • MPEG-4 (to view on your old DVD player).
  • QuickTime Video is the former Apple video standard format.
  • Windows Media Video is the native Windows Media Player format.

Our time-lapse maker also allows you to make a GIF and to share your animation on any webpage.

In addition the program can export every video frame as a JPEG image to a separate folder, which can be useful for further images processing using other software.

Time-Lapse Tool Export Video Setting
Time-Lapse Tool Export Video Successful Completion View

These options are shown once export has been completed successfully.

  • RETURN TO PROJECT takes you back to the project view.
  • EXPORT AGAIN allows you to export the same video to another format or to export a video with a higher resolution.
  • VIEW FILE opens the generated video file in the default Windows video player.
  • OPEN FOLDER opens the Explorer folder window where the time-lapse video file you generated is selected. The file can then be copied or moved to another location.

Export hints and notes

  • Video generation in HD or 4K resolutions requires large amounts of memory. You typically need 3-4GB of memory for successful video generation.
  • H.264 format requires a huge amount of memory if you are creating a video with 4K resolution. You will need more than 16GB of RAM to completely finish creating your video.
  • Generating Apple TV videos may also require huge amounts of memory in some cases.
  • Time-Lapse Tool checks the available memory before creating your time-lapse video. If your computer doesn’t have enough free memory, the application will not start generating your video and a message will appear indicating there is not enough free memory for to complete your video. If this happens, close a few of the other applications running on your computer to free some memory then run the export again.
  • The Export process requires exclusive access to the time-lapse video file until video creation is complete. The export could fail if video is being generated to a Dropbox folder or other external location. To avoid this kind of failure, you can export your video to desktop folder then move file to a Dropbox folder once the time-lapse video is completed.
  • If you choose to export every frame as a separate image, the Export process requires that you have a lot of free space in your target folder.
  • Please note that you may only export HD and 4K video formats in the paid version of Time-Lapse Tool.

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