Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

There are no explicit limitations for the number of images you can use in the application, only the amount of computer memory you have available limits number of sequences and images you can use in your project. During our tests, we successfully created a video of 100 thousand images that were close to 600 GB.

Short answer. As a dedicated time lapse software, Time-Lapse Tool performs better and faster. Time-Lapse Tool makes up for its cost in terms of the time it saves you in creating your time-lapse video projects.

Long answer. We decided to create the application because, although Windows Movie-Maker had similar tools, it did not support time-lapse video creation well for more demanding projects. WMM’s tools work, more or less, to create short time-lapse videos from a small number of images, but the program stalls at the image loading stage if you try to make a more extended project with thousands of images. Combining two image sequences with different fps rates is also is not supported by WMM (although it is possible with some non-obvious workarounds, which cause losses to the original image quality). Using our software, you can set up a video project of this kind in literally a few mouse clicks and start exporting the final time-lapse video almost immediately. As an additional bonus, we added a few cool effects like Miniature (Tilt Focus) and vignette.

Please check the how to make a time lapse video introductory post for further information on this topic.

  • The program does not allow you to use resolutions greater than DVD (480p) for export.
  • The program does not allow export to GIF format.
  • Use of the application is not permitted for commercial purposes. Only the Business version of Time-Lapse Tool is licensed for commercial use.
  • Support is limited to the advice and information available on the forum.

All other program features work identically in all Time-Lapse Tool software editions.

  1. Click on Time-Lapse Tool logo at the bottom left corner to open the About window.

    Time-Lapse Tool Logo.
  2. Click the Activate button.

    Time-Lapse Tool About Window.
  3. Paste your activation code (i.e.: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX) into the text box, then press the Activate button.

    Time-Lapse Tool Activation Screen.

Short answer. Time-Lapse Tool saves images to user AppData folder only on your PC.

Long answer. The program only loads original images into memory and does not save them in any form even during video export. However, it scales images down and may save these images to AppData folder for cache purposes. You may see these thumbnails in timeline view at the bottom of the main window. Program uninstall deletes even this cache. So publishing to YouTube is the only way program exposes images online.

You either need to upgrade your license or use a lower resolution which is allowed by your license. You can check allowed resolutions at Time-Lapse Tool compare page.

The license is perpetual for the current release. You gain access to all 2.x release updates as part of the purchase.

Use the Zoom and Move effect to adjust image position within the video frame. You can adjust the project aspect ratio in project properties to fit your original ratio. You might also want to switch off CROP checkbox in project settings. It is next to aspect ratio combo.

The license for version 2.x is per user. You can install the software to both your PC and laptop if you are the only user of the software.