Time-lapse in Adobe Premier Pro

According to Haworth Village, a time-lapse is where a camera takes a sequence of images of a subject with an interval of time between each image. The interval can be anything from less than a second to a day or more. When the images are played back the interval of time is speeded up creating shorter time. You can cover a large amount of time (indicating its passage) with just minutes of footage.

Time-lapses are useful in showing just what the name suggests: the passage of time. This can be a very effective, even visceral tool in displaying nature scenes. Still shots of the same composition, taken at different times of the day throughout the course of a year offer a panoramic view of the four seasons and cyclicality of the natural world.

Recently photographers and videographers have gotten more creative with the use of time-lapse. In Anthony Cerniello’s “Danielle,” he attempted to create a person in order to emulate the aging process. Using different members of the same family, he spliced together four different generations. “The idea was that something is happening but you can’t see it, only feel it, like aging itself.”


  1. Import your media, using the media browser or go to file and click important, or double click on the area beneath the sequence.
  2. Don’t select all pictures at once. Click on the first picture and then click the checkmark next to numbered stills. Then click open. The pictures will come in as a movie clip, all linked together. If you try just highlighting all the pictures at once with the shift key, it will take too long for them all to come in and they’ll appear as individual pictures instead of one fluid clip.
  3. It will save as a movie file, then drop into timeline.
  4. On the effects tab, scale the frame inward, giving a more zoomed in look (you can do this because of the high revolution). This will make the composition of the time-lapse more accessible for the viewer.
  5. You can crop the top and bottom to create a widescreen letterbox.
  6. You can pre-render by clicking sequence, then choosing “render entire work area.” This will remove lag and increase efficiency.
  7. Color correct using the fast color correct key to fix washed out look (common in landscapes and cityscapes which often appear in time-lapses).
  8. Increase the warmth and saturation to give a lighter, more vibrant look. Make sure the color scheme stays in tune with the period of day the time lapse covers.



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