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Blake PorterAutomating a time lapse in AE?
by on Aug 3, 2010 at 11:52:16 pm

I often create time lapses' in AE 7.0 using still photos.
I'm hoping this can be done smarter than I've been doing it.
Typically, I import 200 stills, shorten all lengths to 5 frames and then move them all by hand so they play in succession. This takes along time (duh).
I did search for tips, but didn't see anything exactly like this... Any pointers would be very welcome


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Walter SoykaRe: Automating a time lapse in AE?
by on Aug 4, 2010 at 12:32:23 am

[Blake Porter] "I often create time lapses' in AE 7.0 using still photos.
I'm hoping this can be done smarter than I've been doing it.
Typically, I import 200 stills, shorten all lengths to 5 frames and then move them all by hand so they play in succession. This takes along time (duh)."


I'd import the footage as an image sequence, instead of as a series of individual images.

You can then interpret the footage at a different frame rate before dropping it into a comp for render. For example, if you were working in an NTSC comp (at 29.97 fps), you could re-interpret the image sequence at 6 fps to get each still on-screen for 5 frames.

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Blake PorterRe: Automating a time lapse in AE?
by on Aug 4, 2010 at 1:15:03 am

Thank you! I will try this.



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Dave LaRondeRe: Automating a time lapse in AE?
by on Aug 4, 2010 at 3:01:00 pm

Here's another way to skin that particular cat. It's very useful if for some reason your still images are not in a numerical sequence:
  • Add your stills to the comp, the first one on the top of the timeline, and the last one on the bottom.
  • Figure out the frame duration you want. Go to that time in the timeline.
  • Select all the layers, Command-a (Mac). Use the Option-] (right bracket, Mac) keystroke combo to trim the out points.
  • With the layers still highlighted, navigate to the Keyframe Assistants menu and select Sequence Layers.

Your layers now array themselves in the proper order.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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