Friday, June 17, 2011

TimeLapse! version 1.0 is released to Android Market

We have just released the first version of TimeLapse! to Android Market. It is totally free!!! Please download the app through this link:

TimeLapse! turns your android device into a time lapse video camera.

What is time lapse? Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that which will be used to play the sequence back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing.

Unlike some other time lapse applications, we allow you to capture at any rate with no limit on resolution! To capture, be careful on the large memory space and battery consumption.


1. I can't play back the video!
Android supports a limited set of video codec. You can use third party video players to play the Motion JPEG encoded video. Here is a good one:
Mobo Player

2. Where are my recorded videos?
The recorded timelapse video is saved in /sdcard/Android/TimeLapse/.

3. How can I upload the video to YouTube?
Uploading to YouTube through this application is not available at the moment. However, you can do the upload through the YouTube app.

4. How to rotate the video?
The orientation of the phone is automatically detected before the start of the capturing process. You should have your video in proper orientation. If your phone does not have the orientation sensor, you may need to manually rotate the video in your computer.

5. Can i set a custom video dimension?
Not supported. The video dimensions supported by the app depends on the camera of your phone. We have not limit the size as in most other apps, but be careful when setting to large size. The space consumption will be huge!

6. How long the video can be?
There are no limits imposed by the app, but your SD card storage and battery may have limitations.


  1. Absolutely great App.
    Release 1.0 worked straight away but had one minor issue (see below).
    Version 1.1 cured the problem I had with my Galaxy S2 when using version 1.0 in that when you selected 'Picture Settings' and chose one of the options then tapped on OK the screen changed to a small graphic in the centre. Version 1.1 has now corrected this.

    If you are on the lookout for ideas I would dearly love to see an ability to not only TimeLapse but 'Tilt Shift' with colour control as well.
    Now THAT would make this one-awesome package and I would pay no problem.

    All in all, a very nice and polished application.
    I look forward to seeing how this App develops.

    Mike P

  2. I tried the app but couldn'tplay video on win7 machine nor with K-lite or VLC.

  3. That is strange. The video created is of the standard AVI format using the MJPEG codec. Are you able to play other MJPEG videos? As the last resort, upload that to YouTube to playback.

  4. Installed recently -- enjoying this app and hoping to find some way to work it into my "show" (

    Couple feature ideas:

    *Would be nice if ui text (# of frames) rotated based on camera orientation
    *On screen estimation of recorded time (movie length) based on number of frames taken and FPS selected.
    *Possible automation of "zoom" while recording (ie. zoom to 100% over 30 seconds of recorded time or something)
    *Option to simply save all frames (not make an avi)

    And just spitballing here:
    *Fade-in of video
    *Text/title overlay and fade-out

    Fun app!

    Zero Dean

  5. Thanks Zero for the great ideas of features.

    We're indeed working on the 1,2,4 your suggestions. The other issues may be in future development as that may require big revamp of the whole app. Stay tune for new features!

    PS. I really enjoy your "show", as I'm always dreaming of having a big life exploration like yours.