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What is a timelapse?


A timelapse is a series of photos shown in succession as a video file. These three calculators will help you plan out your next timelapse.

Recording Time vs Clip Duration


The recording time is how long you spend taking photos, while the clip duration is the length of the final timelapse video you will be producing.

Timelapse Calculator 1: Solve for Interval, Total # of Photos, and Total Memory Needed


The interval is how long you should wait between each photos to achieve the expected results. This calculator helps ensure you have the right amount of photos to create a timelapse of the chosen duration.


Instructions

  1. Choose a clip duration: this is how long the final timelapse video will be. You can choose Seconds, Minutes, or Hours.
  2. Choose a Frame Rate in frames per second (FPS): for online video and NTSC televisions, 30 FPS is recommended. For PAL televisions, 25 FPS is recommended, for cinemas, 24 FPS is recommended, and the minimum FPS for perceived continuous motion is 15 FPS.
  3. Choose a Recording Time: this is how long the recording of the event will last. You can choose Seconds, Minutes, or Hours.
  4. (Optional) Choose a Photo Size in MBytes: this is the average size of photos taken with your camera and will be used to calculate the memory needed.
1. Clip Duration: Seconds Minutes Hours
2. Frame Rate:
3. Recording Time: Seconds Minutes Hours
4. Average Photo Size: MBytes

Interval: 1 photo every seconds
Total # of photos:
Total memory needed: MB

Timelapse Calculator 2: Solve for Clip Duration, Total # of Photos, and Total Memory Needed

This calculator will help you determine the clip duration of a timelapse based on the record time, interval, and frame rate.


Instructions

  1. Choose a Frame Rate in frames per second (FPS): for online video and NTSC televisions, 30 FPS is recommended. For PAL televisions, 25 FPS is recommended, for cinemas, 24 FPS is recommended, and the minimum FPS for perceived continuous motion is 15 FPS.
  2. Choose a Recording Time: this is how long the recording of the event will last. You can choose seconds, minutes, or hours.
  3. Choose an Interval: this is how long you wait before taking each photo. The interval is only available in seconds.
  4. (Optional) Choose a Photo Size in MBytes: this is the average size of photos taken with your camera and will be used to calculate the memory needed.
1. Frame Rate:
2. Recording Time: Seconds Minutes Hours
3. Interval: 1 photo every seconds
4. Average Photo Size: MBytes

Clip Duration: Seconds Minutes Hours
Total # of photos:
Total memory needed: MB

Timelapse Calculator 3: Solve for Recording Time, Total # of Photos, and Total Memory Needed

This calculator will help you determine the required recording time to create a timelapse based on the duration of the clip, the frame rate, and the interval.


Instructions

  1. Choose a clip duration: this is how long the final timelapse video will be. You can choose Seconds, Minutes, or Hours.
  2. Choose a Frame Rate in frames per second (FPS): for online video and NTSC televisions, 30 FPS is recommended. For PAL televisions, 25 FPS is recommended, for cinemas, 24 FPS is recommended, and the minimum FPS for perceived continuous motion is 15 FPS.
  3. Choose an Interval: this is how long you wait before taking each photo. The interval is only available in seconds.
  4. (Optional) Choose a Photo Size in MBytes: this is the average size of photos taken with your camera and will be used to calculate the memory needed.
1. Clip Duration: Seconds Minutes Hours
2. Frame Rate:
3. Interval: 1 photo every seconds
4. Average Photo Size: MBytes

Recording Time: Seconds Minutes Hours
Total # of photos:
Total memory needed: MB

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Jean-Pierre La Forest

Photographer / Videographer at Studio JPIC
Jean-Pierre La Forest is a photographer and videographer based out of Florenceville-Bristol, NB, Canada. JP specializes in commercial and tourism photography and videography, where he helps businesses, artists, and towns to market themselves. He also teaches the art of photography on his YouTube channel and blog. You can reach him on

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