Wanted to make a timelapse of you doing something, such as putting lego blocks together or eating a cheesecake? Now you can, and quite easily too, with the Timershot Powertoy for XP.
- Windows XP (I’m not sure that the Timershot powertoy works on vista – this is only tested with XP)
- Timershot Powertoy
- Windows Movie Maker (included with XP)
- USB Webcam / USB Digital Camera
- Download the Powertoy and install it – pretty straightforward.
- Go to Start Menu > All Programs > Powertoys for Windows XP > Timershot and launch the application.
- The program will most likely start taking pictures right away. Don’t worry about it. Just set the capture rate as one picture every second, and set it not to just take one photo and replace that one, but to take individual photos each time, and so that way you’ll end up with the “frames” for your timelapse.
- Set a folder for the pictures to go into (not just your desktop – that will be messy !!! Remember , it takes 1 picture every second!!
- Now, point the webcam where you want it to take the timelapse , and away you go!
- Open up Windows Movie Maker (Start, All Programs, Windows Movie Maker)
- Go to the Tools menu, click Options, and click the Advanced tab.
- In the “Default Durations” section, decrease the Picture Duration to the lowest amount possible, and click OK.
- In the Capture Video section inside the “Movie Tasks” pane, click Import Pictures.
- Go to the folder you saved all your timelapse photos into, and import all the photos in that folder.
- Now, highlight all the pictures in the “Collections” pane (which is just right of the “Movie Tasks” pane) by pressing Ctrl + A, and then drag them to the timeline / storyboard below.
- In the Edit Movie section of the “Movie Tasks” pane, click View Video Effects (or just Effects, in Vista).
- Now, in the timeline / storyboard, click one of the pictures and press Ctrl + A to select all the pictures.
- In the “effects” window, click on “Speed Up” and hit “CTRL + D” to apply it to all the frames you have selected.If everything went correctly, each frame will now have a star at the bottom, indicating it has an effect paired with the frame. You can hit CTRL + D as many times as you want, if the video is still too slow.
- Now just hit Ctrl + P to save your movie, and share it with your friends or upload it to YouTube!
You can view a couple sample timelapses I made myself: