iPhone 4 timelapse movie

Timelapse movie shot with an iPhone 4

The last few days I’ve been having fun creating time lapse movies around Airlie Beach Lagoon, a few short minutes from where I live. The video shown above was created by piecing together 270 photographs, all shot with an iPhone 4 in the middle of the day. I used an app from Joby Inc called Gorillacam to do the time-lapses. You can read more about it over on the Joby website at: http://joby.com/gorillacam. Basically what this wonderful app does is allows the photographer to shoot multiple photos spaced at a set interval. You can take photos as fast as 1 second apart, or up to 2 minutes apart.

To hold the iPhone steady through all 270 images, I used a Joby GM2-A1AM Gorillamobile for iPhone 4. Gorillamobile is a neat little tripod for your iPhone that fits in your pocket, ready to be carried where ever you go. It’s flexible, wrappable legs attaches to any surface for hands-free use. With Gorillamobile I can now take full advantage of the iPhone five times digital zoom. Without it, I found images far too shaky to be of any use!

To stitch all 270 photographs together into one timelapse movie, I used Quicktime 7 pro. Quicktime is the easiest software I’ve seen for fast conversions, a few clicks of the mouse and its done! You simply click along the top toolbar on File / Open Image Sequence / choose your images and click ‘Open’. Once you’ve viewed the time lapse, you can then export it for sharing online.

It can’t get any easier than that :)


Tammy January 26, 2011 at 6:24 am

I’ve seen this done but never knew exactly how they were made. Brilliant article. Thanks for sharing with us.

Jenny January 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

This is very clever Tanya. I would be worrying that someone would steal the camera. Did you stand there the whole time? Also, will you do the same thing with a DSLR camera or do you need the app to do it?

Tanya Ann January 26, 2011 at 10:14 am

Hi Jenny, yes I was there the whole time. Although to be honest I never worried about anyone stealing the camera as 80% of people here in Airlie are tourists with their own cameras and iPhones etc. I will be talking about doing this with a DSLR as well over on SLR Photography Guide. John has already done it with his Nikon D5000 which you can view at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5CWogdEs8c. You’ll notice the similarities :)

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