How to make a time-lapse video from a regular video

Such a "slideshow" looks like a high-speed recording, although, in fact, it is usually played at the regular speed.

This effect looks spectacular and unusual, moreover, it allows showing some lengthy processes, such as a sunset or a star shower, at a reasonable timing.

Luckily we have a special tool where you can edit a video into time-lapse. As with all other Clideo services, this converter works online, so you can reach it from iOS, PC, Android smartphone or iPhone, whatever. Another perk — you don’t have to exhaust your device’s memory and install anything, as all our tools are accessible from a browser.

Now let’s stop bragging and show you how to time-lapse a video in three simple steps.

  1. Upload a video to the timelapse converter

    Open Clideo’s Stop Motion tool in any browser, hit the "Choose file" button, and upload a video from your device, Google Drive or Dropbox. As soon as the importing is over, you’ll be transferred to the editing screen.

    Video to timelapse converter
  2. Convert video to timelapse

    Set the clip rate to the right of the preview pane. This parameter shows the time interval at which the algorithm takes frames from the original video and merges them into a new recording.

    Turn video into time-lapse

    Then decide on the video’s speed. You can try different speed and rate combinations and check them out in the player right away. Tick the "append reversed video" box if you want to make your recording twice longer by merging it with its identical copy played backward.

    When you’re fully done, select an output format below the player. Although Clideo offers a wide choice of different formats, the most popular and compatible with online platforms are MOV and MP4.

    In the end, hit the "Export" button and let the tool do its job.

  3. Save the project

    This step’s title kinda speaks for itself: just click the "Download" button or call the drop-down menu on it and choose where to save your new video.

    Save video turned to time-lapse

    If you are unhappy with a tiny watermark on the recording, just upgrade your account to Clideo Pro. It will also allow you to process files larger than 500 MB and edit a project in different tools simultaneously.

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