Simple Time Lapse Tutorial for Twixtor

Sometimes you might want to create a time lapse video so that you can see something that normally happens very slowly. The most common examples of this include filming a flower opening or other plants as they grow. Plants grow very slowly, however, this video can be made much faster by using Twixtor or similar plugins.

Time Lapse used to be very difficult to achieve. However, these days it can be done with relatively inexpensive software and plugins. Twixtor is suitable for use with lots of different video editing applications including Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. There are versions of this plugin which are suitable for virtually all video editing packages.

Step 1: Choosing Equipment

The first thing that you will need to do is ensure that you have the right equipment for your time lapse video. To film anything very slow like plants growing, you will need to use a high speed camera. These are more expensive and harder to find than normal digital video cameras. These will record more than thirty frames per second, which makes it possible to see everything that happens in lots of detail. The footage can then be slowed down by using Twixtor later on.

When recording something like a plant growing, you will need to leave your camera pointed at the subject for a long time. To make this possible, it will need to be plugged in and also have some form of shelter to protect it. If there is no shelter, then your camera will become damaged.

Step 2: Downloading Video

With your video captured, you should copy it onto your computer. This is normally done by connecting it up to the computer and importing the clips. Open the clip in the video editing package that you intend to use.

Step 3: Speeding up the Video

With the video opened in your video editing application, select "Edit Effects." This will display a range of different effects which can then be applied to your video. Select the output as Twixtorized output so that you can see the effects of your hard work. Then, all of the other settings can be left as default.

There is a speed setting part way down this dialog which can be used to speed your video up. The default speed setting will be 100%, however, this can be adjusted to virtually any number you want. 200% would be double speed and 300% would be triple speed. Determine the speed increase needed for your film. This will depend on what you are filming and how long you want the video to last for. If filming something like flowers, which take a long time to bloom, you might need to put the speed as high as 100% before you get something short enough to actually watch.

Step 4: Editing

With the video sped up, you can then play it back and decide what you want to do with it. It's unlikely that you will be happy with all of the footage. To avoid this, you can simply cut out the most important section of the video.