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Create a time-lapse or stop motion - Guided edit

  1. Adobe Premiere Elements User Guide
  2. Introduction to Adobe Premiere Elements
    1. What's new in Premiere Elements
    2. System requirements | Adobe Premiere Elements
    3. Workspace basics
    4. Guided mode
    5. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    6. GPU accelerated rendering
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  4. Working with projects
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    4. Previewing movies
    5. Creating video collage
    6. Creating Highlight Reel
    7. Create a video story
    8. Creating Instant Movies
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    12. GPU accelerated rendering
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    1. Add media
    2. Guidelines for adding files
    3. Set duration for imported still images
    4. 5.1 audio import
    5. Working with offline files
    6. Sharing files between Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements
    7. Creating specialty clips
    8. Work with aspect ratios and field options
  6. Arranging clips
    1. Arrange clips in the Expert view timeline
    2. Group, link, and disable clips
    3. Arranging clips in the Quick view timeline
    4. Working with clip and timeline markers
  7. Editing clips
    1. Reduce noise
    2. Select object
    3. Candid Moments
    4. Color Match
    5. Smart Trim
    6. Change clip speed and duration
    7. Split clips
    8. Freeze and hold frames
    9. Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Color - Guided Edit
    10. Stabilize video footage with Shake Stabilizer
    11. Replace footage
    12. Working with source clips
    13. Trimming Unwanted Frames - Guided Edit
    14. Trim clips
    15. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    16. Artistic effects
  8. Applying transitions
    1. Applying transitions to clips
    2. Transition basics
    3. Adjusting transitions
    4. Adding Transitions between video clips - Guided Edit
    5. Create special transitions
    6. Create a Luma Fade Transition effect - Guided Edit
  9. Special effects basics
    1. Effects reference
    2. Applying and removing effects
    3. Create a black and white video with a color pop - Guided Edit
    4. Time remapping - Guided edit
    5. Effects basics
    6. Working with effect presets
    7. Finding and organizing effects
    8. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    9. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    10. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    11. Best practices to create a time-lapse video
  10. Applying special effects
    1. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    2. Transparency and superimposing
    3. Reposition, scale, or rotate clips with the Motion effect
    4. Apply an Effects Mask to your video
    5. Adjust temperature and tint
    6. Create a Glass Pane effect - Guided Edit
    7. Create a picture-in-picture overlay
    8. Applying effects using Adjustment layers
    9. Adding Title to your movie
    10. Removing haze
    11. Creating a Picture in Picture - Guided Edit
    12. Create a Vignetting effect
    13. Add a Split Tone Effect
    14. Add FilmLooks effects
    15. Add an HSL Tuner effect
    16. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    17. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    18. Animated Sky - Guided edit
    19. Select object
    20. Animated Mattes - Guided Edit
    21. Double exposure- Guided Edit
  11. Special audio effects
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    2. Audio effects
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    8. Adding Narration to your movie - Guided Edit
    9. Adding Scores to your movie - Guided edit
  12. Movie titles
    1. Creating titles
    2. Adding shapes and images to titles
    3. Adding color and shadows to titles
    4. Editing and formatting text
    5. Motion Titles
    6. Exporting and importing titles
    7. Arranging objects in titles
    8. Designing titles for TV
    9. Applying styles to text and graphics
    10. Adding a video in the title
  13. Disc menus
    1. Creating disc menus
    2. Working with menu markers
    3. Types of discs and menu options
    4. Previewing menus
  14. Sharing and exporting your movies
    1. Export and share your videos
    2. Sharing for PC playback
    3. Compression and data-rate basics
    4. Common settings for sharing

This Guided Edit is a walkthrough on how to Create a time-lapse or stop motion video using Premiere Elements. Find this edit under the Fun Edits tab.

Time-lapse is a technique whereby the frames are captured at a high frame rate and when played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. For example, an image may be captured at 1 frame per second, but then played back at 40 frames per second; the result is an apparent 40 times speed increase.

Time-lapse video created using Premiere Elements

You can create a time-lapse video using photos and videos. For best results use a sequence of photos or video clips from the same event. For information about the requirements to shoot a time-lapse video including the hardware requirement and shooting specifications, see Best practices to create a time-lapse video.

To Create a time-lapse or stop motion video, follow these steps:

  1. Select Guided > Fun Edits > Create Time-lapse or stop motion

  2. In the Project Assets bin, create new folder. Rename the folder. This helps you have all the media files in one place when you import them.

  3. Click Add Media to import the photos or videos that you want to work with.

    Add media to Premiere Elements

  4. Sort the media files by the date they were created on. In the assets bin, open Panel options > Sort by > Creation date.

  5. Drag-and-drop the files to Video 1 track in the Timeline. You can also drag multiple files together. 

  6. Right-click or Control-click the photos in the Timeline and select Clip > Time Stretch.

  7. Adjust the duration in the Time Stretch window.


    For photos, we recommended duration between 00;00;00;05 and 00;00;00;06.

  8. You can preview the media by clicking the play button.

  9. To add text, from the right panel, select the Titles and Text option. Drag-and-drop Default Text to Video 2 track in the Timeline. Add text and adjust duration. You can also adjust the font, color, and style of the title.

  10. To add audio, click the audio icon on the right panel. Drag-and-drop the audio file onto the Audio 1 track in the Timeline.

  11. In the Score Property window, enable the Fit Entire Video check box to ensure that the audio is aligned to the video.

  12. Render the video for smooth playback.

  13. To export the final output, select File > Export and Share. For information about various exports and share options available, see Export and share your videos.

    Export and share your project

Stop Motion

Stop motion is a technique in which objects are physically moved in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they show motion when the series of captured frames is played back.

To create a stop motion video select Guided > Fun Edits > Create time-lapse or stop motion,  add your photos and follow the earlier listed steps for time-lapse to create your stop motion video.

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