Quick Tip: How to Compile a Basic Time-lapse Using Free Software on Windows: Virtual Dub


[Music] virtualdub is a simple free piece of software that makes compiling time lapses on Windows easy with the possibility of creating for and a que time lapses first you will need to download the two files linked in the description below I’m going to download and install the xsplit codecs first clicking next to each of the prompts next I will download and extract virtualdub this program does not require installation and can be run directly after its folder by clicking the virtual done Exe transfer your time lapse is off your camera into a single folder on your computer for virtualdub to recognize that your images are one time lapse the suffix of each picture needs to count up in a numerical order if they are a jumble of letters and numbers and will not recognize it as a sequence and we will not import however don’t worry as most cameras already follow this convention once launched navigate to your time-lapse and select the first frame under video open the filters window here I will add a resize filter and check configure this is where the resolution of the video will be set resolution defines the number of individual dots and images made up on the most common resolution HD has a size of 192 oh by 108 oat pixels most cameras capture very high resolution images which are larger than the size of a standard video this means the time-lapse needs to be scaled down to fit make sure you check litter box slash crop to sides for this time-lapse I’m going to set the resolution to 4k 3840 by 2160 i will also check absolute pixels and put the width dimensions into the top dialog box with the resolution set I can press OK on both windows frame rate is the number of images which is shown on screen and one second you want to set this to 24 25 or 30 FPS depending on where you live or where you uploading to if you live in North America 30fps s most common whilst in Europe and other countries 25 fps is more common to adjust the framerate they can be found under video frame range check the change frame rate checkbox I’m going to set my frame rate to 25 frames and finally under video compression I will slip the expert codec and click configure this slider adjusts the amount of compression that will occur on export the lower the number the list compression and the higher the number of the more compression in short the lower the compression that cleaner the final file will look however it will take longer to render and produce a larger file size I have found that a value of 2 works very well for YouTube now that I have all my settings set I can save the video out as an AVI and let the software process the time lapse if you have any questions about this process feel free to ask in the comments below for more tutorials like this one and other more advanced post-production videos check out our youtube channel [Music]

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