We’ve all seen them. The magical time-lapse videos of snow piling up in an an instant. Now you can make a “Snow-Lapse” with one of the many cameras likely laying around your home.
Great snow-lapse by Micah Grimes in Massachusetts.
With any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can capture great Time-lapse video. Try these apps:
Timelapse video made by Studio Neat with iOS timelapse mode.
iOS Camera’s Built-in Time-lapse Mode_(iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, iOS 8.0 and above, Free)_Dead simple time-lapse method, no app download required. Swipe over to the “TIMELAPSE” setting within the iOS camera, and hit the big red button. It automatically figures out the intervals the longer it records.
Hyperlapse by Instagram
Hyperlapse by Instagram_(iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, iOS 7.0 and above, Free)_By far the simplest time-lapse app to use. Just make sure to free up space for all the footage it records.
Lapse It_(iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, iOS 6.0 and above, Free)_Simple user interface. Gives more control options than Hyperlapse.
Timelapse _(iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, iOS 8.3 and above, $4.99)_More advanced. Set your desired clip length in the beginning, and it will automatically adjust settings to hit that desired 15 second mark.
Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile
Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile for Android_(Android Tablets and Phones, Android 4.4 and above, Free)_By far the easiest time-lapse app to use for Android.
Framelapse for Android
Framelapse for Android_(Android Tablets and Phones, Android 4.0 and above, Free-mium)_Simple user interface with a few more options for control.
Lapse it for Android
Lapse It for Android_(Android Tablets and Phones, Android 2.2 and above, Free-mium)_Older device support. Paid options to add more control.
Built in Timelapse OptionsMany Android phones have built-in timelapse options directly in their camera. Check your native camera first to see if it has a time-lapse setting.
Most GoPros have a Timelapse (or “Interval Recording” setting) built in. Best of all, you can leave them outside in their case for a unique point of view.
The biggest hurdle with GoPro recording is setting your timelapse interval correctly. For an 8 hour period, try to set your pictures to shoot every 1 minute.
To set your GoPro to shoot time-lapse:
You can use a standard Android or iPhone power brick with the USB cable that came with your GoPro.
There are 100s of models of DSLR cameras out there. Most models, especially those made after 2013, have “Interval Recording” modes built into them. This list and article written by Lonely Speck is a great starting point.
Great information from the Lonely Speck website.
The best way to figure out if your camera is capable of this is to use this formula on Google:
Replace “camera model” with the type of camera you own. Example, Nikon D5100, Canon 6D, etc.
Beautiful time-lapse made by Samuel Orr. See how he did it.
Many point and shoot cameras built after 2012 have time-lapse settings integrated. Again use the Google formula:
Replace “camera model” with the type of camera you own. Example, Canon S100, Fuji XQ2, etc.
There are also now ‘hacked firmwares’ which allow you to load new software onto these cameras to add time-lapse capability that wasn’t originally in the camera. Check out Magic Lantern and Canon Hack Development Kit for more information.
IMPORTANT! Using these firmware hacks can mess with your camera’s brain if not installed correctly. DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Why is the pool completely fenced in?
Dropcam Timelapse Instructions:
Great snow-lapse by Colid Lord made with a Nest camera.
Nest Timelapse Instructions:
Typically with a Phone or Camera you’d use a tripod, suction mount, Gorilla grip or other device. However, I find that simply using books, cups and other household items to lean and shim your camera into the right position is good enough if left indoors.
This photo was taken by leaving my old iPhone 5 leaned up against a book near the hangar door of my office. The photo was captured using the app iLightningCam for iOS.
Hopefully these links and tidbits should be a good starting place for anyone trying to make their own Snow-Lapse of the upcoming storm. Happy filming!