Well the key to making a time lapse is to speed it up (duh). To do this I am using iMovie. It came preloaded on our mac but you can also buy it on the Mac app store for a (whoppingly amazing) $14! That is way cheaper than say, Final Cut Pro and it has the basic features you need to make some pretty good videos. I decided to make another video so you can see how I do it and then do it yourself.
Open up iMovie and start a new project.
Put your newly recorded videos in!
When you hover a clip there will be a gear with an arrow that pops up. Click that and up pops the settings.
Hit clip adjustments and then convert the clip. iMovie needs to convert a clip before you can speed up or slow down the clip.
If you drag the little arrow pointer all the way to the bunny (faster) it will go up to 800% but the highest you can go is 2000% which you have to type in.
Because it is so fast, the audio is super high pitched and ugly sounding.
To prevent that, just go to audio and reduce the volume to 0%.
Do this to each clip to speed them all up. Now your done! Of course the professional time-lapsers have fancy moving devices and things that make your camera shoot every 15 seconds this is not the absolute best way to make a timelapse. But its pretty darn good! Here is my other video...
Now here are some tips for making a time lapse.
LARGE SCALE... such as the sunset video
1// It is important to have many different angles. One angle or one view will get boring. All shown in the video were close to where I live, but you can't tell.
2// Use the Ken Burns effect in iMovie to create movement.
3// Set your white balance to daylight even if its sunset because it will give it more color. It doesn't matter if its yellow because Sunsets are colorful anyway.
SMALL SCALE... like the drawing video
2// If you are doing a solely pencil sketch, it may be hard to see on camera, especially from a distance. My video got darker and darker, until I reached the finished product.
3// Film from the opposite side of the hand you draw with. It is not very exciting to watch a time lapse video of someone drawing and just seeing the back of their hand. I shot mainly from the right or top using my tripod sitting on the table.
Hope this helps! Now go make a time-lapse and let me see! I love to see the things people make after they are inspired by my blog :).