Time lapse video from jpeg photos

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by deep diver, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. deep diver, Dec 13, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

    deep diver macrumors 65816

    deep diver

    Jan 17, 2008
    Solon, OH
    I have a series of jpeg photo files that I want to stitch together into a time lapse video. The frame rate needs to be 20-24 frames/sec. A project like this is going to be rare for me, so I would rather have a free program.

    What would you recommend? (I am running Leopard 10.5.8)
  2. floh macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2011
    Stuttgart, Germany
    I can think of two things from the top of my head:

    1. You can do it in iMovie. Normally, it only supports one new image every 3 frames, but you can trick it to do 1 image per frame. Here are the articles how to:
    How to make stop-motion video in iMovie
    1 frame per image in iMovie

    2. You can also do it with ffmpeg, if you are not scared of the Terminal. For that, first download ffmpeg, for example here and place the executable in the folder with your images (unless of course you know what you're doing and need it more often anyways...). Then make sure your images are named with ascending numbers in the way you want them, with the same amount of digits (e.g. image001.jpg, image002.jpg, ...). Then you can simply go into the directory and run the command
    ./ffmpeg -f image2 -i image%03d.jpg movie.mpg
    Where of course "image%03d.jpg" is the name of your images, and %03d will be replaced with a 3-digit ascending number, and "movie.mpg" is the name of the resulting movie.

    If this was too complicated and you have trouble figuring out what I mean, or if you don't know how to name your images like this, I can either explain it in more detail or you can take the iMovie route. :)


  3. ytk macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2010
    Quicktime 7 can open an image sequence and export it as a movie (you specify the frame rate when opening it). This may require Quicktime Pro to do, though.
  4. TheKnifeFight macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2008
    Download MPEG Streamclip. It's free and you can load all your shots and export to your desired frame rate at any size you wish

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