How to record time-lapse videos on Android
Time-lapse functionality is not baked in the stock Google camera app (it appeared in it for a very short time, and may come back in the future, but it is not available at the time of this writing), so you’d need another solution.
Luckily, there are a couple of ways to shoot great-looking time-lapse videos. We’ll start off with a free app that gets the job done, and has passed the test of time.
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This free app comes with the single purpose of recording time-lapse videos on Android devices, and it has no ads. It supports the highest resolution of your camera (up to 1080p), has a recording delay timer, so you can control the speed of your time-lapse and the resulting video is of high MP4 quality.
The second app is a bit more advanced, and it comes with an even higher rating on the Google Play Store, but you’d need to pay for it.
2. Lapse It
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Lapse It supports the maximum resolution of your camera, and allows you to mash up your time-lapse video with any song from your library as a sound track. It can brag with a good-looking UI, a fast rendering engine, custom frame rates, filters effects, and even a bonus stop-motion mode.
It has advanced options like reverse time, a video trimmer, the capability to export to MP4, MOV and FLV, and it can also upload your video directly to YouTube, or other services.
1. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
So I can't use my Nexus 5? Its not in the list.....
2. Anshulonweb (Posts: 348; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
you dense motherf***er...... "etc" has been written at end implementing at they work on other phones other than that mentioned...
10. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 635; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
"implementing"...? "Implying", right...? Dense indeed!
8. mrmessma (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
After my 3yr old Galaxy Nexus got 1080p video, Google thought it was just a gimmick and scaled them all back.
5. needa (Posts: 137; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)
thanks for the apps. i would have never thought to time lapse without this.
6. apple4never (Posts: 970; Member since: 08 May 2013)
as long as the camera is at least 3mp it means its full HD i.e. 1080p its actually 2 mp but you know. the quality might be horrendous though id use no less than 8mp, 5 if you know how to set up a camera properly and 3 if your like a camera god lol
11. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 635; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
Basic functionality in my Symbian phone two years ago... Yawn!
14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3204; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Me too. It can record 4K time lapse :) Better than these
15. hmd74 (Posts: 382; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
My Nexus 5 had that option in camera app before Android 4.4.4 :|
the new Google Camera app doesn't have it :|
Why Google ?!!!