Rochester NY - quick preview of "Iceflow" from Mindrelic on Vimeo.

a few scenes from my next short called "Iceflow" about the movement of ice on the rivers/lakes/bays surrounding Rochester NY


Sutro Tower for Gizmodo Challenge from Owen Scharlotte on Vimeo.

Shot entirely with a 6MP Canon PowerShot. Edited with VirtualDub freeware and Windows Live Movie Maker.


HDR shots were processed with Photomatix Pro 3.2 and "little planet" shots were made with Photoshop CS3.

I made this because I like Sutro Tower and think it deserves a better rap than it gets.
For a full description, workflow, and original images, visit 2011/ 02/ 09/ my-gizmodo-contest-entry/


Time and Space from Chase Massingill on Vimeo.

Rather than shoot one glorious 45 second time-lapse with my 5D, I decided to carry around my GoPro and shoot as many possible moments of my life, then jam them all together into one visual barrage. With no LCD or viewfinder on your camera, much less any manual settings, its easy to set it up and do a quick lapse on the go. Its also much easier to hang out windows or put in tight spaces.

Image sequences were converted to ProRes Quicktimes using After Effects, edited in Premiere Pro, and back to After Effects for grading and adding the title.


Scored by Rob Stern and Joe Benny of Secret Panda Society
Secret Panda Society - Untitled Album Track (Video Mix) secretpandasociety

My Place in the Cosmos from Joe Menth on Vimeo.

Timelapse clips from still long-exposure photographs shot with a 15mm f/2.8 fisheye and a 17-35mm f/2.8 on a Canon 5D MKII, exposures of 5 to 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 800-3200, depending on conditions, moon phase, and cloud cover...
Location primarily my backyard on Mutiny Bay, Whidbey Island, Washington.


Just stumbled upon timelapse techniques last summer and decided to give it a try. This contest was the first incentive to learn how to edit clips together on a time budget...

Most clips are quite late at night, as I'm a night owl and universe geek. My entire interest in timelapse grew from learning how to photograph starscapes, and these clips are mostly an excuse to get to watch the stars and milky way move overhead on an accelerated time scale that we don't get to experience any other way.

Music: "Our Place in the Cosmos" (LJS Lounge Mix) by Symphony of Science


Winter Sunset from Grand Ferry Park from Kyle Jones on Vimeo.

Unfortunately, I decided to shoot this on one of the coldest days we've had this winter where wind-chill put the temperature into single digits. The experience was beautiful but made me realize how sheltered I am by the city, and how ill equipped I am to face freezing climates. I need to get a real jacket, some real shoes, some real gloves, a real hat, and probably some real underthings.

Composed of 289 shots taken once every 10 seconds.

Imported into Final Cut Pro as single 5184 x 3456 frames.

Shot at f/14 and ISO 100 for 1/30th of a second.

Used 16mm on a 1.6x crop Canon 7D body. Used a Canon TC-80N3 Remote to trigger exposures.


Time lapse shot by Kyle Jones.
Music produced by Kyle Kaplan.

Year of the Rabbit from Sean Ferris on Vimeo.

For this time lapse contest I basically tried to find an event in Los Angeles that would have a lot of people in one place that I could pan across, and settled on the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown.


I used my Canon T2i 18-55mm kit lens mounted to an egg timer to achieve the pans, and basically shot around the parade route at 1 second intervals using Magic Lantern firmware, for 5-15 minutes at a time. I then stitched together everything in Final Cut Pro, and did the Tilt Shift shots in Motion. In total I used about 1100 photos shown at 24fps.

The music I used with permission is a track called "No New Wave" by RareBit the Destroyer ( sequinsandskeletons)
remixed by Walrus Ghost ( lasfloresproject)

Hope y'all like it!


All-In from Robert Lohr on Vimeo.

I was really excited when Gizmodo announced they were going to start a video challenge. I just picked up a Canon 550D (Rebel T2i) for Christmas and was eager to put it to some fun use.

My co-workers and I enjoy getting together for some laid back poker fun so I thought it might be a fun scene to take a time lapse of. The photos were taken at f/3.5, 1/4 sec exposure at ISO of 6400. I used a TI-83 plus graphing calculator as a hacked intervalometer, the time units in the program were set to "5000" which came out to about a picture every 16-18 seconds. Stitched all 2000 or so images together with Windows Live Movie Maker and dropped in the track "Halfpipe" from


Hope you all enjoy.
- Robert Lohr

Untitled from Scott Riel on Vimeo.

- Scott Riel


Single Chair from 3 Peaks Pictures on Vimeo.

I went skiing with two buddies at Mad River Glen in Vermont for the mountains 63rd birthday. The mountain had a special of $3.50 lift tickets for retro day. This was shot on a go pro camera mounted to my helmet. Shooting a photo every 2 seconds.

Artist-Andrew Luyckx
Song-STVT Techno


Jan 23-27, 2011 - Logan, UT, USA from Orson Jones on Vimeo.

This is a five day time lapse of Logan, UT. I removed most of the night segments because they are pretty boring. I wrote a script to to take photos from mediawebcam.jpg every five seconds until it got 100,000 pictures. I don't like the jumpy stop-motion style of time lapse videos. so, to simulate a slow shutter, I blended 34 pictures together to make each frame in the video. After cutting out the nights, about 40,000 pictures ended up going into the final video. Each second of video represents one and a half hours of passed time.


Cloud Dancers from ChillTravelers on Vimeo.

Often the eye sees things that the camera can never capture. The mind usually sees things that the camera or the eye cannot see. Sometimes, the mind, the eye, the camera and the editing can sync up to capture things that the mind cannot envision or that the eye can see. It is augmented reality.

This was a freak weather center that crawled over the mountains west of Palm Springs, CA. It was shot using a SONY NEX VG-10 and then rendered at 10,000% speed using Adobe Premiere Pro. Then a duplicate layer was added with both HDR and Trace Edges effects filters. Then the top layer was made 50% translucent to create the final version. A quick sound track using my KORG M3 adds more than just audio to the experience.


Almost forgot to enter ;-) Enjoy!

San Luis Obispo, a time lapse from Derek Pincus on Vimeo.

Shot at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the surrounding mountain ranges during the month of January. I used a Canon S90 with a make shift time lapsing rig consisting of rubber bands and erasers in order to hold the shutter down.


A day in the life of a camerman from John DeMaio on Vimeo.

This isn't a "traditional" time-lapse like some of the others in this group, but I wanted to try something different. This is a look at what I do in a day - taken on a recent media event for the new Disney Dream cruise ship. On this particular day, I was shooting a series of on-camera stand-ups with a host as we traveled around Disney's Castaway Cay and on board the ship.


I mounted my GoPro HD camera to the top of an XDCAM camera and had it snap off a pic every two seconds. The result was around 4500 shots that I edited down to :45. The music was created by my friend Joel Malizia. Enjoy.

Untitled from Blub on Vimeo.

- Blub


new york (almost) minute from James Ogle on Vimeo.

I came up with the idea of shooting time lapse of famous clocks around New York City at the same time over several days. It ended up being a little tricker than I had originally planned due to uncooperative weather, scheduling and clocks.
Shot using a Canon 7d with Canon lenses
18-55mm f3.5-5.6 USM
50mm f1.4 USM
75-300mm f4-5.6 III USM

5 second intervals with a mixture of 1 and 2 second exposures. I had a bit of a problem with flicker on certain shots which inspired me to purchase a Little Bramper which I wish I had for this.


Locations in order of appearance:
Colgate Clock - Jersey City
Hilton Hotel Times Square
Grand Central Terminal
Metronome Clock Union Square (was 50 mins off)
The Sherry Netherland
Tourneau TimeMachine

Assembled in Quicktime Pro edited in FCP.

Soundtrack: mix of natural sound and royalty free sound effects


Lake Sunapee, NH from Jim Meegan on Vimeo.

Sunrise time-lapse of Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire.


LA from Dusk to Night from NoJacket Required on Vimeo.

Our production team was in LA to film interviews for our documentary short film, and since we'd heard about the Gizmodo video challenge, we figured we'd try to do the timelapse while we were out there. After thinking a long while about subjects, we figured given the location the "classic" wide shot of the city would be a good choice.

This shot is from Mulholland Drive, overlooking Los Angeles, and was filmed on Sun 1/16/11. We had just been shooting in Chinatown, and raced to get to the overlook (just missing the very start of sunset!). Camera was a Canon 5d Mk II, with an EF 24 - 70mm 2.8L at 50mm. Aperture 2.8, Shutter 1/30, ISO 1000.


Editing and color grading was done in Final Cut Pro, and music was created in Soundtrack Pro.

For more info on the film we were shooting, Walking Merchandise: child smuggling and the snakehead trade, check out the trailer in our listed videos. Thanks!


Day to night from Ryan Emond on Vimeo.

Day to Night in the city that I love.

Photos taken: Jan 29-30 2011
Post process: Feb 6-8 2011​photos/​reemond

Nikon D700
NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Celestron Nexstar with L bracket for movement for the intro shot.



Day clip:
M 1/1600 F14 ISO1000 24mm

Sunset clip:
M 1/320 F14 ISO1000 50mm

Night clip1:
M 3 F16 ISO1250 70mm

Night clip2:
M 3 F14 ISO1250 24mm

The Celestron was used for the day clip, along with zoom and pan done in Premiere Pro CS5. For the remainder of the video Premiere Pro CS5 was used for zooms and pans.


Song: LTWXRMX- Flying Lotus

Miami UFOs and Sunrise... from Arnav Geva on Vimeo.

I have a Canon S50 which permanently overlooks Sunny Isles, FL and provides a camera snapshot of the North Miami Intercoastal Waterway and skyline view every 30 seconds...


Cardstacking the Empire State Building from Scott Dyer on Vimeo.

I am an amateur cardstacker and make timelapse videos of all of my projects. Since I was planning on cardstacking a small project during the time frame of this competition, I figured I would submit my most recent cardstacking project. It was built and shot Jan 29-30.


Left: Canon 450D - 55mm lens, ISO 100, F14, 1 sec exposure. Photo every 30 seconds using Canon EOS utility as intervalometer and USB triggering.
Right: Sony PMW-EX3 video camera in interval record mode. One frame every 30 seconds.

Footage was edited together in FCP and I sped the timeline 150% in order to meet the 45 second limit.

Music is "Portico" from

If you want to see more of my cardstacking, check out​cardstackers
All cards are freestanding - absolutely no glue, tape, cutting, bending, or folding of any kind.


Portland Sunrise Time Lapse from Aaron Parker on Vimeo.

Took this with my GH1 with 14-140 lens. Made an Arduino intervalometer to take the pictures every 5 seconds for 2 hours.


Morning Workout from Mike Posehn on Vimeo.

45 minutes in 45 seconds at my gym (Sugar F.Y.X.) in Northern California. Shot with a Canon T1i using GBTimelapse and some special software I wrote to control a pan/tilt head.


Rotting pumpkin from Mike Posehn on Vimeo.

I finished this rotting pumpkin just in time for this challenge - weeks in process. Shot with a Canon XSi and GBTimelapse, flicker removed using GBDeflicker plug-in for After Effects CS5.


ZĂĽrich From Above from Nils Rohwer on Vimeo.

Video all shot with Nikon D90.
First sequence Tokina 11-16mm
Second Nikor 50mm 1.4g
Third Tokina 11-16mm 4s/2.8f @ iso 400
Forth Nikon 50mm 1.4g 4s/4f @ iso 400
Last Tokina 11-16mm 15s/2.8 ISO 600


Shot on "Irchelberg" outside of ZĂĽrich. The Third sequence shows the Airport, the first second and third are looking upon ZĂĽrich. The Last pointed straight up.
Music - Claire De Lune - claude Debassy.

NEVER SATISFIED: The rent is too damn high. from The Upthink Lab on Vimeo.

I have explored the idea of shooting time-lapse with a long time friend and talented artist who operates under the alias of NEVER (aka Never Satisfied) in Atlanta, Georgia. Never has been out of commission recently due to knee surgery followed by a nasty staph infection. While only partially recovered, he agreed to shoot for the time-lapse challenge. The artwork is titled "The rent is too damn high" and features a begging owl with droopy, drug induced eyes (prescribed pain killers). The inspiration for this creature came as a result of Never being in so much suffering due to his knee surgery along with his recent apartment hunting in NYC where he will be relocating later this month.


To complete the challenge, I built a team consisting of my business partner and co-founder @ UpThink, Erik Huber, along with fellow photographer Jeremy Stephenson. Michael Wynne generously volunteered his time to create an original piece of music for the project. Once we had the man power, all we needed was a safe location to capture Never. We picked a location in NW Atlanta at an abandoned warehouse that's far off the grid. This spot has been a favorite of mine in recent years due to mysterious tire dumpers filling the space. It's an environmental disappointment to know that all this rubber is being dumped by someone and I personally do not condone those activities. However, the vast sea of tires offered us a unique visual perspective for this project. To help portray the passing time during the day via visible light beams, we hiked into the location with a 1k generator and hazer. The visible light created by the hazer combined with the constantly changing wind flow through the space really brought the location to life. We shot bracketed RAW exposures, but steered away from using any HDRs in the final video in an effort to not get caught up in the overly tone-mapped trend amongst photographers these days. The bracketed exposures allowed us more freedom in post to create some variation within the edit. We shot with longer exposures (4-13 seconds) to emphasize the movement with motion blur. This side-project was a lot of fun for everyone involved. We did have a few technical issues during the shoot— such as getting our gas can (full of gas) stolen, the generator flooded mid-shoot, the 12v battery used with the Dynamic Perception dolly rig failed, and we ran out of light just as the artwork was being finished. Despite the minimal complications, we managed to finish the 45 second edit* and get it posted. - Doug Urquhart

Produced by The UpThink Lab for the 2011 Gizmodo Time-lapse Video Challenge

Photography by Doug Urquhart, Erik Huber, & Jeremy Stephenson


Original Music titled "Beautiful Mourning" created by Michael Wynne

Shot on a handful of Canon D-SLRs (5D MII, 7D, 5D, 400D)
Moco moves made possible with the Dynamic Perception dolly + TeleTrack pan/tilt head
Special thanks to PC&E Atlanta


*Keep an eye out for an extended edit on the UpThink Vimeo page within the coming days. After endless days of rain, we returned to capture a pick-up shot of the final wall and Never painted another wall for the extended edit.

hkElapse from chrisp0 on Vimeo.

A day in Hong Kong, in 45 seconds.

A collection of time lapse shot between January 23 - 25, 2011 in Hong Kong. Edited for the Gizmodo Video Challenge.


Canon 5D Mark II
Canon EF 16-35LII
Canon EF 24-105L
Canon TC-80N3 Intervalometer

All images captured in RAW and assembled in Adobe After Effects.

Music: Schubert. Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished". Movement 1: Allegro moderato. Performed by Davis High School Symphony Orchestra (
All images and footage © 2011 Chris Pritchard, all rights reserved.


Escalator Time Lapse from Anders Jepsen on Vimeo.

Shot over 30 minutes at a shopping mall in Aalborg, Denmark. Used a Canon EOS 550D, a tripod and a laptop to make the camera able to shoot with a 5 second interval. 720 pictures were taken. Editing done in After Effects.


We wanted to create a time lapse with a static person, to illustrate how time flies by.
Yes, I really did stand still there for half an hour.

What a day from Kyle Simpson on Vimeo.

Gizmodo video challenge entry.
Decided to take a time lapse of my watch on a desk at work. I let it go for the entire day, taking a shot every minute, on the minute.


Pentax K110D, 18-55 lens, 28mm, f/4, 1 minute delay.

Shanghai Pudong Area, Evening-to-Night Time Lapse from JT McGrath on Vimeo.

My first ever time lapse video, shot for the Gizmodo Video Contest.

I shot this time lapse with my Canon T1i and 18-200mm IS Lens (at 18mm). I went to Shanghai for the Chinese New Year and forgot my tripod, so I used a bookshelf and books to balance the camera. The view is looking out my hotel room towards the Pudong area of Shanghai. The shots are 7 seconds apart over about 2 1/2 hours. The real time is from about 17:00 to 19:30. I don't have an intervelometer so I used my laptop and canon software to control the shooting.


I put the time lapse together in Adobe After Effects CS5. It's a total of 1350 images, shown at 30fps.

Music: Tchaikovsky Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy performed by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"​licenses/​by/​3.0/


Planes, Trains and Automobiles from Len Whistler on Vimeo.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Three common methods of transportation which at times can be chaotic, and when the motion is sped up it seems even more chaotic.

Brief Technical Details:
Camera set to manual, 100 or 160 iso, continuous shooting mode at 1/8 or 1/4 second with ND filters. Image quality settings Large Fine JPG's (4368x2912) or Small Fine JPG's (2496x1664) depending on any post production zooming and panning I might be interested in. Video rendered to HDV 1080 30p.


Vancouver BC, Canada

Canon 5D camera
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L lens
Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 lens
Phottix TR-80 remote
External 6 cell AA battery pack
Cokin P154 Grey ND 8x filters
Velbon Sherpa 200R tripod

Computer Software:
Ubuntu 10.04 Linux OS
ImageMagick - Batch image resizing, color correction, etc.
GIMP - Image resizing, color correction, etc.
MEncoder - JPG to AVI conversion.
OpenShot - Final video editing.


Constancy Part Two by Kevin MacLeod

My YouTube Channel:​user/​LenWhistler


Olive grove from Noam Armonn on Vimeo.

This HDR time lapse clip was shot at the exact location of - Hittin -​wiki/​Hittin Galilee, Israel.


Carousel from David Newman on Vimeo.

Interest thing with time lapse, you see things that you don't at normal speed. During the second spin the of this sequence, the whole building shakes, clearly the carousel load is way unbalanced. I had no idea at the time of shooting.

This was shot at Balboa Park with a Canon 7D to CR2 RAW files. A frame every 4 seconds, with a ramped blub exposure from 75ms to 225ms, using the Little Bramper. The CR2 files were batch converted into a CineForm RAW AVI at 5184x3456, then the color correction and post zoom was done in First Light. Scaled to 1080p with VirtualDub.


The music is a speed up calliope from and in the public domain:​details/​CalliopeMachineMusic-11-20

windows from Victor Kipnis on Vimeo.

my first time lapse video. big big thanks to michael salisbury for the help (he basically did everything apart from buying the equipment and taking the actual photographs)


Solar Portal HDR from Michael Drewry on Vimeo.

I had completely forgotten about the Gizmodo video challenge until the Saturday before it was to end. I wasn't prepared to do anything so I thought I would challenge myself and see what I could do with no equipment, no budget and no time.


I grabbed my iPhone early on Saturday morning and went out into the back yard to shoot this video. I wanted to do an HDR video which meant manually shooting each frame with the Pro HDR app as it does not have a time lapse feature. So I spent 3 hours lying in the damp grass just to get this short clip. I assembled all the frames into the video using Windows Live Movie Maker. total production time was about 4 hours.

Halo Night from Timmy De La Fuente on Vimeo.

My roommates decided to have a Halo night before classes pick up momentum.

Canon EOS utility taking pictures every 6 seconds
Canon T1i
18-55mm lens
Compiled with Timelapse Assembler


Music from Low End Theory's Gaslamp Killer

As The Sun Sets, TimeLapse Goes On from ZevImages on Vimeo.

Nikon D5000 + UV Filter + 18-55mm and 70-300mm Lens and Tripod.
Shot using internal time lapse configuration at intervals of 20 and 30 seconds.


Time Lapse over the course of the last few weeks. Created for GIZMODO Video Challenge​5733575/​introducing-the-video-challenge
The idea behind this is something I have wanted to do for months now. GIZMODO gave me the extra little push to actually go for it! This is the product of countless hours working with my camera and learning from my camera on how to shoot time lapse photography in 10 degree weather and standing in deep snow.

Work is entirely my own. Edited in Final Cut. No addition AE work was done.
Music is from which is a free use music site that allows their music to be used with just crediting them.


Purple Shamrock Time-Lapse from Harry Tajchman on Vimeo.

I've been fascinated with the light sensitivity of the Oxalis Triangularis (Purple Shamrock) at our kitchen table for several years. I've seen this plant's leaves open and closed, but never see it move. The Gizmodo Video Challenge gave me the motivation to finally find out what happens and make my first time lapse video.


I used my Rebel T2i (550D) and Canon's EOS Utility for Mac to take stills every 10 or 15 seconds (depending on the session). I used Apple's Quicktime 7 Pro to combine and export to 1080p at 24 fps. I edited speed, titles and music in iMovie.

Sunlight was the only light source used. For the dawn stills I used a longer exposure because the dusk shots weren't quite as colorful as I wanted (shot the night before).

The soundtrack is a loop from Garageband.


Office Window from Daniel McCurley on Vimeo.

This Time Lapse was completed using a Canon T2i camera with a 3.5f with a 5" exposure. I set the time lapse to go every 8 seconds and took the shots around midnight.

This being my second time lapse ever I wanted it to go perfectly and since I didn't have a intervalometer I had to string several usb cables together to tether the camera to my laptop.


Despite being in the middle of suburban warmth and light pollution I like the results especially with my office window in the shot.

The pullback was accomplished in post in FCP. The music was what I could slap together from soundtrack.

-Dan McCurley