Using Limecraft, you can ingest a sequence of still images as time lapse video. This article explains how we treat time lapse input.


What is a Time Lapse video?

A time lapse video is a cinematography technique where a sequence of frames is captured at a lower rate than that at which they will be played back. When these frames are played back at a standard speed, time appears to be moving faster, and events that take a long time to occur can be compressed into a shorter period.

In simpler terms, time lapse videos condense time, showing a series of images taken over an extended period in a much shorter duration. This technique is commonly used to capture natural processes such as the movement of clouds, the blooming of flowers, the changing of seasons, or the construction of buildings. It's also used in creative ways for artistic expression and in filmmaking to emphasize the passage of time. To create a time lapse video, a camera is set up to capture images at regular intervals, and these images are then compiled into a video using specialised software.

How to Ingest Time Lapse video?

When time-lapse videos are encoded as video, we will obviously treat them as such. However, sometimes time-lapses are made available as image sequences. To avoid overloading your library with hundreds of similar still pictures, you can use Limecraft Edge to pre-process the image sequences and to make sure they are ingested as a proper video file.

In case you need to ingest a time-lapse in the form of a folder that contains all separate images, Edge will recognise the files as such upon import, and it will give you the opportunity to decide whether you would like to upload all images separately or as video.

Screenshot of Limecraft Edge illustrating how to ingest time lapse video

Upon successful completion of the import, you can modify the frame rate of the time-lapse video in the local library of Edge that is accessible through the Playout tab. Setting the right frame rate is important if you have the intention to use the time lapse with other video files in editing.