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Timelapse Premiere Pro Tutorial

November 2, 2019

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to edit
a time lapse video in Adobe Premiere Pro. Hey guys I’m Criss and welcome to Eye Stocker. As I said in the intro, today I’m gonna
show you how to edit a time lapse video using Adobe Premiere Pro. It doesn’t matter what device did you used
to capture the time lapse sequence, it can be a smartphone, a GoPro or a professional
DSLR. As long as you used a specific interval to
take the shots and you used a tripod everything should be perfect in the end. Before starting to edit a time lapse sequence
I want show you a cool time lapse calculator which I embedded on my website. It’s from, I find it very
easy to use if you want to plan your time lapse before going on location. Let’s say I want to find out the event duration
or how much time do I need to shoot photos to obtain a 15 seconds time lapse, at 30 fps
at a shooting interval or a time interval of 2 seconds. I can also enter here the size of a single
photo, so let’s say I will shoot with the GoPro 4 and that means 12 mb/photo. And here are the results: I will need to shoot
photos for 15 minutes, I will have 450 files which will take up 5.27 gb on my sd card. So… this is helpful information guys, feel
free to use this tool, it’s on my website and you can find the link down in the description. Now let me open Adobe Premiere, I use the
Creative Cloud version and I will import my whole photo sequence which was shot on my
GoPro 4 Black using the Photo Time Lapse mode. This allowed me to edit each photo individually
in terms of contrast, saturation and white balance. I made this thing using Adobe Lightroom, so
if you want me to make a tutorial on that as well, just give me a thumbs up and if this
video reaches 200 likes as soon as possible, I will make that tutorial for you guys. So, when you open Premiere, it will ask you
for a project name. I will write time lapse, then hit ok. Then you click on new, sequence and from here
I will open HDV and choose the 1080p, 30 fps preset. So now, in this new sequence you will import
your time lapse shots, and you can do this in 2 different ways:
The easiest and the most convenient way is to right click inside the project area, choose
Import, browse to the location with the photos, you select the very first photo and you tick
this box here confirming that this is an Image Sequence. And then you just click on Open. Premiere Pro will take all those shots, stitch
them together and create this single file here, which you will drag then to your timeline,
yes… keep existing settings. The resolution of the sequence is 1080p but
the my photos are much bigger than this so I need to adjust their size. I select this single element here, right click
on it and choose Scale to Frame Size and this should automatically solve the issue. Keep in mind that the photos that I am using
in this sequence are already adjusted to an aspect ratio of 16:9. But if you have problems with this, you can
go to the effect controls panel here, if you don’t have this just go to Window – Effect
Controls. And you have this scale option which you can
adjust to make sure that you don’t have any black margins, like this for example. I will go back to 100% scale now. Ok so this was the easy way, now I will show
you the harder way. Sometimes when you will try to import your
photos by checking this box, you’ll see that Premiere will not bring in all your frames
so now I will show you another method to import your time lapse photos. Right click, Import, select the first photo
from the sequence, press CTRL+A to select all the shots, and then click on open. It will take a while until Adobe Premiere
will import your time lapse shots, this will depend on your computer speed. When it’s ready, you will see that you’ll
have a bunch of photos here in the project tab, I have for example 671 files here, including
the sequence file, so a total of 670 images. You can see that every image has a number
here 4:29. This means that if I drag this single image
onto my timeline, it will last for 4 seconds and 29 frames. But I don’t want that, because every single
photo from here should last 1 single frame. So click on the first image, CTRL+A to select
all the files here, then hold down CTRL and deselect your sequence, we will only work
with the images. Then right click on one of the photos and
choose Speed/Duration. Make sure you edit the numbers here exactly
like I do now and by this you are telling to the software that every photo will last
1 single frame. Then click OK and you can see here that the
value is changed for every photo and the duration of each file is 1 frame. The next step is to click on this list view
to make sure that your photos are ordered correctly, otherwise the time lapse will not
appear in the right way. Select the first frame here, scroll down to
the end of this list, hold down SHIFT, select the last frame, you don’t want to include
the sequence, only the photos, then scroll up, and drag all the frames on the timeline
by dragging the first frame with your mouse. After you made this step you will see a dark
block here but if you zoom in, you will be able to see every single frame, so all the
frames are placed one after another. While being here you can press CTRL+A to select
all the frames, then right click on one of them and choose Scale to Frame size. As you can see here, the frame looks good
and we can check a preview just to make sure we made everything in the right way. So this was the second method. Now I will show you how to render this sequence
even if you used method 1 or method 2, it doesn’t matter. I will go to File – Export – Media, or simply
press the CTRL+M shortcut to open the render dialog box. I will choose H.264, then as a preset I will
choose the HD 1080p 29,97 fps. I will tick this box to use the Maximum Render
Quality and also Use Previews. I will untick the Export Audio option, choose a name
for my render, click save and then click on Export. The file is rendering now, I will speed this
up, and let’s open the file now… so here is the time lapse I have just exported. This is my method of editing a time lapse,
if you want to see how I prepaired the raw frames in Adobe Lightroom, as I said in the
beginning, please like this video and when it reaches 200 likes, I will make that tutorial
too. Until then, please consider subscribing. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @eyestocker,
I’m Criss, thanks for watching and see you in the next one.


  • Reply Cristi Kerekes January 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Follow me:
    ps: even if I make tutorials, I am constantly learning. I have to admit that choosing HDV was not the best option when creating the sequence. Please choose Digital SLR -> DSLR 1080p 30fps preset at 2:19.

  • Reply Jarle Leirpoll January 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Using 1440 px horizontally in your sequence and exporting 1920 is a really bad idea. It causes lower quality. Don't use HDV for something destined for the web or for local playback.

    The workaround when Image Sequence doesn't work is not good. Better to batch-rename the files in Bridge, and let Premiere work easy. With the explained method, Premiere will choke on Time Lapses with lots of big images from a modern DSLR. You could run out of RAM. Renaming the files will let you work on much bigger and longer Time lapses.

  • Reply Mark Shirley January 5, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks learnt a few things there – Please do the Lightroom tutorial.

  • Reply Jaime Caruana January 7, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Where do you get all the sequence presets?

  • Reply TipsyPandaz January 8, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I usually play games on my main monitor and sometimes I edit at the same time on my second monitor. But all the mini windows (text, bins, etc) open up on the main monitor is there a way to have all adobe windows open on the second monitor without moving them manually?

  • Reply Janos Cherestes January 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    keep up the good work 🙂

  • Reply chris orfan February 1, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Good job helps a lot!!

  • Reply Christian Mejia Channel March 6, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Great video Chriss, currently working on my time lapse. 🙂

  • Reply Carlos Chamorro March 30, 2017 at 3:27 am

    good night
    My name is Carlos and I am a beginner at the premier
    I have some questions
    How do you make the timeline frames all gray?

  • Reply totalnastoka April 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    This is not editing. It's just making one timelapse clip. Boooo.

  • Reply Jayesh Hatkar April 7, 2017 at 2:48 am

    thank you

  • Reply ChannelWithNoName April 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Are there any benefits to the different methods? Will the second method give better results, or is it just for more control?

  • Reply Gabriel Viisoreanu April 10, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Why i dnt get that bar on the upper side of the worspace with : Assembly, Color, Effects, Titles, Libraries is just gone , Can some1 help me

  • Reply KOKEMACHINE, 4EEL FISHING April 13, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply Reuben Lalmalsawma April 15, 2017 at 7:18 pm


  • Reply alina .77 April 19, 2017 at 9:37 am

    how can I get the photos in the right order? I have done all the steps, but you only said that I have to click on the list view:/ ..need help :/ (youre video helps a lot thx anyway:))

  • Reply Saikat Sarkar May 5, 2017 at 5:55 pm


  • Reply Erik Thureson May 24, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Nicely done! Keep 'em coming.

  • Reply Cristian Greger June 1, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Merci Cris! Eu folosesc Canon Eos M3 si Cascable! Tutorialul asta chiar ma ajuta 🙂 pentru ca M-ul nu are optiune timelapse si pana acum imi prindeam urechile! O sa incerc in urmatorul episod 😉 Spor!

  • Reply travelogindia June 5, 2017 at 6:12 am

    it's really very helpful..thanks a lot for ur fantastic method of teaching..can u plz teach us how can make 360 degree product photography in premiere pro..

  • Reply Cole Governale June 5, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    How do I set up a time lapse on my canon t6i?

  • Reply Adam Phelps June 9, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    your one of those heroes that doesn't wear a cape

  • Reply Julen Prieto June 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Eye Stocker, Just a quick question, when im trying to import the pictures, premiere its only importing the fist picture. Do you know why this is happening?

  • Reply Zoran Lutovac June 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm


  • Reply Sal Vulcano June 20, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you so much. Keep making tutorials 🙂

  • Reply SewardCityNews July 15, 2017 at 12:42 am

    VERY helpful, thank you!

  • Reply Batuhan Ba July 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    WOW! That is perfect tutorial, very clear-understandable english, also with subtitle! LOVE IT.

  • Reply Razvan Vitionescu July 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Eu vreau sa scot 4k,nu doar full HD,ce preset trebuie sa folosesc?

  • Reply Alvaro Garre films August 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    great video, thank you very much for the tutorial!

  • Reply ARSI man August 7, 2017 at 8:24 am

    does premiere pro needs wifi to open

  • Reply Alan Balch August 18, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    When I try to import my photos for time-lapse, I have image sequence checked, but I only get one photo imported. Do you know what that would be?

  • Reply Rachel Rausch Johnson August 21, 2017 at 2:48 am


  • Reply urbiggestfan - August 24, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    this didnt help at all

  • Reply marko Kozjek August 24, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    when i edit timelapse pictures in Lr and than try to import like you showed i cant tick the box or only 1 pictue is inported. But if i import unedited jpeg everything is normal. Any idea how to solve this?

  • Reply Alberto farber August 30, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I'm trying the second way, doing the step by step, but i cant fix the scale…..even when i try the "scale to frame size" or "effects >motion>scale" ………what am i doing wrong ???

    Or it could be the files??

  • Reply Martha Cecilia September 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks! This has been REALLY useful! Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Reply Mishal Maganlal September 22, 2017 at 6:16 am

    good stuff mate..

  • Reply Towering Goals October 19, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you very much for this video… This was really helpful for me.. love your way of teaching!

  • Reply Fernando Guerrero October 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    thank you from Argentina!

  • Reply chhopster October 29, 2017 at 4:36 am

    I just fail from time-lapse method 1, it cannot import whole files since i selected very first image BUT this tutorial help me find out another solution from method 2. thx

  • Reply ANKIT KOLI December 26, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Very helpful 😍👍👌

  • Reply Richard's World Traveler January 19, 2018 at 3:57 am

    This saved me a lot of time. I was about to does this using a way that would take a long time!

  • Reply junior ben January 22, 2018 at 12:55 am

    My time lapse it don't exporte. The error detected (code erreur: 22)

  • Reply Afra Hanin January 29, 2018 at 11:58 am

    thank you so much you're a real hero

  • Reply Eduardo Tarusov February 20, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Why does mine only loads only a few of them, not all. 🙁 So frastrating.

  • Reply Sof Abdelli May 8, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Thank u mate

  • Reply ABuHaMeD May 31, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    your tutorials are simple and ease.. THANKS

  • Reply Client Bin June 7, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    much quicker to just import as sequence

  • Reply A Michael Thee! Production June 22, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Where's that Lightroom tutorial?

  • Reply Hejjef July 17, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Its helping me.. thank you so much

  • Reply 張阿根 August 8, 2018 at 3:39 pm


  • Reply Ozan Mansuroğlu August 14, 2018 at 8:20 am

    thx very helpful video

  • Reply Sankalp August 16, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Nicely explained

  • Reply ari2221 September 18, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Wow thank you! It's so clear now.

  • Reply Mohamed lamine Alim September 25, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you sir

  • Reply Jake Lindsay January 3, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    This was a great tutorial. Better than most on here. Thanks.

  • Reply Brandon Bordeaux January 13, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for sharing this for us PC users! Why do you color grade in LR and not just color grade an adjustment layer in premiere?

  • Reply Гарыныч February 21, 2019 at 3:34 am

    tutorial starts around 2:06

  • Reply Tomáš Dupal March 19, 2019 at 11:11 am

    When I use frame sampling, footage is lagging. And when I switch to frame blanding everything is correct, can you explain me that?

  • Reply Hurpsy Classic Wear April 23, 2019 at 7:23 am

    TNK U

  • Reply Fidgetspinner April 27, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks, heaps. I spent hours trying to find a good tutorial. Yours is by far the best I found.

  • Reply JD Stewart June 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    WOW! What a great tutorial! I have hours upon hours of HD video for a construction camera project I want to render into a short video.

  • Reply galgor June 11, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Great tutorial. Easy to follow, thanks very much!

  • Reply Astonishing World 4k June 20, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    My first time lapse,
    I know is not perfect
    But I don't give up 😁

  • Reply Paul Grimm June 24, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Steep Lr and Pr learning curves related to the necessary sequencing but my first finished attempt is well worth the grading and basic rendering hours. These two videos are an excellent reference tool and future post processing will be a breeze. I plan to add finishing touches in Davinci Resolve. I’m seriously surprised that my late 2012 iMac handled the job. Found the TL length and size tool – sweet. Kind regards to all.

  • Reply Sahya Amertha June 27, 2019 at 1:09 pm


  • Reply BlueWaterToys July 16, 2019 at 4:52 am

    wonderful, straight to the point.

  • Reply RPI BFMOOSE August 19, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    You're a lifesaver mate

  • Reply Rynalogy September 9, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks so much. Amazing teacher!

  • Reply mavacador September 10, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    How can i organize my frames by date?

  • Reply Cody Pelletier October 13, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Having an issue. I select the first image in the folder then "Image Sequence" but in premiere the video is just the first frame.

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