Time Lapse in OS X
I wanted to turn a series of images into a time-lapse type film and started to do a bit of research.
As I’m prone to trust that Apple’s own solutions usually work well, plus the fact that the search result for “time lapse osx” resulted in mostly tips about time lapse captures using a webcam, but some mentioned that Quicktime Pro should have a function called “Open Image Sequence”, which turns your images into a film. This is exactly what I wanted since I’m taking the pictures with my DSLR.
First I wanted to wait until after the WWDC to make sure that nothing new and revolutionizing was on the horizon before dropping the 275 SEK for the Pro upgrade.
So last night I went to puchase the Pro upgrade, and eager as I am, instead I accidentally bought the Quicktime MPRG-2 plugin for 185 SEK by mistake instead. (damn!)
So I had to download a very old version of Quicktime first, then enter the password to upgrade it to “pro”. Well at least my timelapse import was going to work now right? (185 + 275 SEK later)
But no.. It doesn’t work!! I’m unable to open my images, so I start searching again, and I see that I’m not the only one with this problem..
Turns out that the images are too big in size for this function on Quicktime from back in the day.. What to do..?
Back to googling. Now I’ve tried a freeware program called Time Lapse Assembler 1.4 which seems to do the trick (for free nonetheless!), but I can’t help but feel that there should be a better way.
Any tips anyone?
(please leave a comment if you have any thoughts, tips or experiences)
Oh, by the way – I called Apple and they’re giving me my money back for both the MPEG-2 decoder and the Quicktime 7 Pro key. Kudos!
Below is my first attempt at this: