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Quick Tip: How to Compile a Basic Time-lapse Using Free Software on Windows: Virtual Dub

August 4, 2019

[Music] virtualdub is a simple free piece of software that makes compiling time lapses on Windows easy with the possibility of creating for and a que time lapses first you will need to download the two files linked in the description below I’m going to download and install the xsplit codecs first clicking next to each of the prompts next I will download and extract virtualdub this program does not require installation and can be run directly after its folder by clicking the virtual done Exe transfer your time lapse is off your camera into a single folder on your computer for virtualdub to recognize that your images are one time lapse the suffix of each picture needs to count up in a numerical order if they are a jumble of letters and numbers and will not recognize it as a sequence and we will not import however don’t worry as most cameras already follow this convention once launched navigate to your time-lapse and select the first frame under video open the filters window here I will add a resize filter and check configure this is where the resolution of the video will be set resolution defines the number of individual dots and images made up on the most common resolution HD has a size of 192 oh by 108 oat pixels most cameras capture very high resolution images which are larger than the size of a standard video this means the time-lapse needs to be scaled down to fit make sure you check litter box slash crop to sides for this time-lapse I’m going to set the resolution to 4k 3840 by 2160 i will also check absolute pixels and put the width dimensions into the top dialog box with the resolution set I can press OK on both windows frame rate is the number of images which is shown on screen and one second you want to set this to 24 25 or 30 FPS depending on where you live or where you uploading to if you live in North America 30fps s most common whilst in Europe and other countries 25 fps is more common to adjust the framerate they can be found under video frame range check the change frame rate checkbox I’m going to set my frame rate to 25 frames and finally under video compression I will slip the expert codec and click configure this slider adjusts the amount of compression that will occur on export the lower the number the list compression and the higher the number of the more compression in short the lower the compression that cleaner the final file will look however it will take longer to render and produce a larger file size I have found that a value of 2 works very well for YouTube now that I have all my settings set I can save the video out as an AVI and let the software process the time lapse if you have any questions about this process feel free to ask in the comments below for more tutorials like this one and other more advanced post-production videos check out our youtube channel [Music]


  • Reply Terry May 24, 2018 at 5:03 am

    You set to 4K but did you shoot it in 4K, I thought you put 1920x 1080 ?

  • Reply Bernard May 24, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Very informative video, thanks

  • Reply thethreeislands May 25, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks for this video, it was very useful. I would love to see a video of stages before the processing. Ie: Identifying a location, setting up a Syrp system and mounting the camera, setting the camera for timelapse (although this part could be omitted since all cameras will be slightly different), setting the settings for the Syrp system and letting the timelapse sequence commence

  • Reply Paul Duncan September 24, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    The tutorial is great , works fine on desktop but when I transfer it to iPhone it won’t play? Any suggestions?

  • Reply Jim Tocci October 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    I have about 15k images (will probably pare down to about half that) the software defaults to 282 frames… how do I set it to include all the images?

  • Reply Mathew Pena October 30, 2018 at 1:25 am

    When i finish everything and look at the video it isnt in 4k and the resolution is like 360p. I did everything you did and i dont know what happened and my camers taked 4000×6000 pictures so i dont know if its the camera, me doing something while compressing or something else.

  • Reply KingGeorgeGopro November 18, 2018 at 4:57 am

    What is the codec and why do i need it?

  • Reply KingGeorgeGopro November 18, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Changes i make in the app are not being applied to my time lapse. If i change frame rate it stays the same as before. What's causing this?

  • Reply Thomas Knowles November 19, 2018 at 2:17 am

    I don't seem to have the Xvid codec. Why might this be? Thanks

  • Reply Benevolent Backpacker December 8, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Will this program work with AVCHD files?

  • Reply leotheangrylion December 10, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks for the tips on using VirtualDub, with its ability to set any desired frame rate. I've been using a free Lightroom slideshow preset that has a set of fixed frame rates, so even though the process of getting timelapse video is simpler and can be done within LR, it's not flexible for my needs.

  • Reply Photelegy January 9, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    That's an awsome video about a great programm!

    I have two questions:
    1. How can I render/export it as a .mp4-file? Or do you prefer .avi? If yes, why?
    2. My pictures (from my GoPro Hero4 black) are 4000×3000, so 4:3. But I want my TimeLapse as 16:9 (1920×1080 or 3840×2160). And of I don't want to squeeze it or have black sides. How can I cut it/reframe it in the way I want? (E.g. I don't need so much ground, so I would cut it out till it fits.)

    Thank you very much!

  • Reply esau817 & Layne17 January 21, 2019 at 12:42 am

    I select my first frame and it only exports the one I selected, they have the same format as your, any possible solution to this?

  • Reply Tazer Urbex January 24, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Slow down very hard to follow along with how fast u explain stuff sometimes

  • Reply Engr. James Vargas January 31, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Resize not working

  • Reply erelRa March 17, 2019 at 1:03 am

    factual, informative, no bullshit introductions.. awesome tutorial.. thanks

  • Reply Abhishek Roy April 3, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Great post . Hearty thanks . Added to my collection of Superb Posts .

  • Reply ApaChe April 4, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    this makes zero sense. how is a timelaose anything to do with images. i want to know how to speed up a video.

  • Reply debanjan banerjee April 7, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    I have made 3 timelapses with the help of this, no issues. But the last timelapse video out of this software came out with a slow and jerky start and wouldn't even finish the full video. I did everything the same as last few times.

    What am I doing wrong?
    It is Milky Way timelapse, 361 images.

  • Reply Arif Rizal April 15, 2019 at 12:26 am

    how many pictures do i have to take? and also ow to post it in yt

  • Reply Arif Rizal April 15, 2019 at 1:00 am

    at 0:45 what does it mean?

  • Reply Aditya Singh May 16, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    You're a GOD, you know that? THANK YOU. I have wanted this tutorial for ages.!!!

  • Reply Ionel Manea June 21, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    What type of camera have you used to take the photos?

  • Reply Алексей Spacegrezla June 22, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Whats the music played? Something familiar, but without words…)

  • Reply Atif Khan July 2, 2019 at 2:55 am

    @2:49 :O

  • Reply jose cedeno July 3, 2019 at 2:24 am

    its shit

  • Reply Orla Mullan July 3, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Simple tutorial – thanks! When I try to watch back my video it stops and starts like a 'pause'. Do you know why this may happen? thanks

  • Reply David Wachala July 10, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Thank you! Go pros Quik Software is unusable with time lapses.

  • Reply Choco Later July 23, 2019 at 8:37 am

    what about flicker? is it even worth downloading?

  • Reply 333crypta July 24, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I'm doing something wrong. I have 2500+ frames but can't get virtual dub to go any higher than75…. wtf please help me. ty for your consideration. I did dusk till dawn with gopro 5 black. with no problem, but can't remember what I did, I'm confused. I had a bad strok and have brain damage. photography is about the only thing that bring pleasure in life. i have a gopro 7 black now and notice glitch artifact when at 1080/60. i dnow what to do. please help mw.. and
    any feedback would BE GREATLY APPRECIATED

  • Reply Matthew Good July 31, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    DUUUUUDE YOU FUCKING RUUUULE. thank you so much for this!!!!

  • Reply elibodkin August 3, 2019 at 11:59 am

    excellent tutorial…many thanks.

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