How to Create a Time-Lapse Video for Painting Process

My interest in oil painting started back in 2011. I enjoyed watching time-lapses in YouTube for many amazing artists. These time-lapses helped me a lot in my learning process as I observed their painting techniques, and led me to develop ones of my own!

So when I reached to a level where I’m confident to start sharing my work with the world, the first thing I thought about is to create a time-lapse video for my painting process. I bought a basic tripod to hold my smart phone, which I used to record a series of short videos for certain stages of the painting-in-progress. I like to paint in the morning besides a window to get a natural lighting!

Every clip I record is between 5 to 8 minutes long (there is no need to record the entire 3 hour session!) At the end of the painting session, I move these clips to my laptop for editing (e.g. cut the parts that might be boring or mistakes, adjust the lighting, cropping… etc.), then I covert these edited clips into a single time-lapse video.

I researched the internet to find a good video editing software that is within budget, easy to use, and can export high quality videos for both desktop and mobile devices (Android/iOS), along with all the necessary features for video editing. So I chose MOVAVI which is a video editing software to be downloaded on a desktop computer (that is good enough to handle video processing!)

In this post, I’ll show you how to create a time-lapse video for your painting process using MOVAVI video editor, step-by-step:

Step1: Launch MOVAVI and select “New Project”


Step2: Add your video by clicking on “Add Media Files”


Step3: Choose your video which you want to edit (you can select multiple files either videos or photos)


Step4: Click on your added clip to select it for editing (the selected clip will be highlighted in a yellow frame as shown below).


Step5: Select the clip properties icon (circled below in red)


Step6: Increase the speed to your desired percentage (maximum 1000%), as circled below in red


Step7: Export your time-lapse video! Choose Export–> Export Video


Step8: Type in the name of your new video and choose the location where you want to export the video, then click [Start]. That’s it!

This is one of the time-lapses I created with MOVAVI:

Tip: if you need a speed faster than the maximum of 1000%, you can create a time-lapse of the time-lapse!

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. Let me know if you have any question in the comment section!

Check out my tutorial on how to mix oil colors with easy step-by-step instructions:

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