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How to record time-lapse videos on Android

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How to record time-lapse videos on Android
Time-lapse videos are the type of artistic recordings that make you stop and think about the beauties of life that we often don’t notice - the slow movement of clouds in the sky, or the way our planet rotates in the vastness of space, surrounded by countless stars. But did you know that you could create such time-lapse videos on your Android smartphone or tablet?

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.

How to record time-lapse videos on Android
1. Droid Timelapse

Price: Free
Download on Android

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. 

You also have both manual and auto-focusing modes, as well as the option to fine-tune white balance and color effects.

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

Price: $1.99
Download on Android

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.

How to record time-lapse videos on Android
Note: Time-lapse recording quality depends on your smartphone and to get the maximum (1080p Full HD quality for these apps) you'd need to use a smartphone with a camera that supports this high resolution like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, LG G3, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z2, Z1, HTC One (M8), etc.

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posted on 18 Jul 2014, 10:12

1. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

So I can't use my Nexus 5? Its not in the list.....

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 10:38 15

2. Anshulonweb (Posts: 432; 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...

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 13:10

7. mmmanuuu (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:01 3

10. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)

"implementing"...? "Implying", right...? Dense indeed!

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:24 2

13. medicci37 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

No need to be a d*ck about it ^^

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 10:54 2

3. amats69 (Posts: 1509; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

you know what etc means right?

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:37

8. mrmessma (Posts: 232; 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.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 11:03

4. diehardnokian (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)

how about the camera fv-5?!

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 12:15

5. needa (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

thanks for the apps. i would have never thought to time lapse without this.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 12:36 1

6. apple4never (Posts: 1064; 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

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:42

9. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

It also depends on the processor though...

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:03

11. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)

Basic functionality in my Symbian phone two years ago... Yawn!

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:08

12. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

I have timelapse app in my z2 camera :D

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:49

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Me too. It can record 4K time lapse :) Better than these

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 17:02

15. hmd74 (Posts: 485; 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 ?!!!

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