The main operations involved in creating a time-lapse video in Time-Lapse Tool are:
All of these operations are initiated from the main window. The application’s main window contains the following parts:
This Video Preview panel shows the currently selected frame. The selection is indicated on the timeline by a yellow line (in collapsed mode) or a border around the frame. The Video Preview panel contains the following buttons to preview or create a time-lapse video from the project file:
Note: We have significantly improved the quality of the preview in version 2.0 of the application. However HDD and CPU speed limits the preview quality significantly. Preview FPS can be very low for 10 megapixel images for non-SSD drives, or for slow CPUs.
At the top of the panel, you can find the list of sequence. The currently selected sequence is highlighted in the list. The IMPORT button opens the import screen. With this button new sequences may be easily added to a project.
Right clicking on a sequence button shows the popup menu. From this menu, the sequence can be removed or be moved to another position in the project.
The bottom of the panel shows all of the frames and allows you to change the frame per second rate of the currently selected sequence.
If you need to set FPS value or duration preciesly for sequence then you may click on duraion label above timeline and enter exact values in duration editor.
By default the sequence frames list is collapsed and shows only a few frames from the sequence.
To see all of the frames in the sequence click the Expand button right after frames.
Right clicking on any frame displays a popup menu. The menu contains the following items:
It is possible to create a "sequence" from a single still image. This could be useful for showing captions before or after the video. The duration setting is used instead of the FPS rate for sequences of this kind because the frame rate value does make sense in the case of a single frame. Right click on the IMPORT button to add sequences created with a single image to the project. The popup menu is shown with the Add Single Image... item. Choosing this item displays a file dialog to open the image file.
The buttons for major operations are at bottom of the main window. The major command buttons include:
You can use the Save As... command if you need to save a project to a new file. This command exists in the context menu that is displayed over the SAVE button.