Create a time-lapse - Guided edit

This Guided Edit is a walkthrough on how to create a time-lapse 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  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 video, follow these steps:

  1. Select Guided > Fun Edits > Create Time-lapse video.

  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

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