How to Create Time-Lapse Videos: Fast Motion Video Editing Tutorial [Reel Rebel #16]

How to Create Time Lapse Videos: Fast Motion Video Editing Tutorial [Reel Rebel #16]

This week on the Reel Rebel, Stephen Schweickart introduces a slightly more advanced video editing technique used to create time-lapse videos.  Essentially, time-lapse video editing is a technique that's often used to speed up a video clip and give the illusion of compressed time.  Stephen walks us through when and how to do time-lapse videos and gives a brief tutorial on how to do time-lapse video editing in Windows MovieMaker, and Apple's iMovie.

How to Do Time-Lapse (Fast Motion) Video Editing

Using time lapse is a great way to add something to your videos that takes it from a more basic viewing experience to something a little more exciting.  It is often a great way to transition between scenes and can give your audience an indication of how much time you want them to feel has passed when there is more footage than you have time for.

Time-Lapse Video Editing in iMovie

1. Place the clips you want to adjust into your timeline.
2. Select the entire clip or a portion of it and click "Clip" in the top menu.
3. Select how much faster you want the clip to go.
4. To adjust further, select "I" for the inspector and edit the speed by entering a percentage or duration.

Time-Lapse Video Editing for Windows MovieMaker

1. Place the clips you want to adjust into your timeline.
2. Select the entire clip or cut out the clip you want to apply the effect to by click "Split" in the edit menu.
3. Select the newly created clip and choose "Speed" drop down to adjust the speed until you get the desired effect.

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View The Full Video Transcript:

Hey, I’m Stephen Schweickart with VScreen where we do videos for companies and today we’re going to be talking about an advanced editing technique that’s referred to as time lapse… and fast motion.

Alright, you’re feeling kind of cocky and you want to spice up your next video with some cool editing effects. That’s great! But seriously, you maybe need to calm down a minute and let me tell you about using fast motion to really take your video to the next level.

We all know no one wants to look at 2 minutes of footage of someone just driving around town, but when you speed that up, it can look really cool seeing the scenery fly by and with a little music you’ve got yourself a pretty darn cool timelapse shot that can work as a transition from one scene to another. This also works great with clouds, large groups of people, city street footage, and a whole lot more. You just have to get in there and start tinkering until you find something you like.

Applying this effect in any program is incredibly simple. Since you’re new to this whole video business I’m going to assume you’re editing in iMovie or Windows Movie Maker and not some fancy editing program like Avid, Adobe Premiere or maybe even Final Cut. So hang on Movie Maker users, we’re going to go over iMovie first, but we’ll come back for you, I promise.

In iMovie, dump the clip to you want to adjust into your timeline. No we’re not done yet, stick with me here. Either select the whole clip or just a portion of it and click “Clip” in the top menu. From here it’s pretty self explanatory. Just use the “Fast Forward” drop down menu and select how much faster you want it to go. Then BOOM, SHAZAM, BOOYAH, your clip is split and then everyone in the section you selected looks like Speedy Gonzalez. From here you can adjust it even more by pushing “i” to open the inspector and finessing the speed by entering either a percentage or a duration and the length of the clip will adjust accordingly.

Ok Windows guys, you’re up. Put the clip in the timeline and either select the whole clip or cut out the clip you want to apply the effect to using the “Split” function in the edit menu. Then it’s as easy as selecting that newly created clip and using the “Speed” drop down to adjust the speed until you get the desired effect.

The fast motion or fast forward effect has a lot of uses, but it’s up to you to get in there and experiment to find what works for your video and what doesn’t. Trust me, you CAN overdo it. But just like tan in a can, a little fast motion in moderation never hurt anybody.

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Mark Robertson is the Founder and Publisher of ReelSEO, an online information resource dedicated to the fusion of video, technology, social media, search, and internet marketing. He is a YouTube Certified, video marketing consultant and video marketing expert, popular speaker, and considered to be a passionate leader within the online video and search marketing industries. View All Posts By -

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