iOS 8, Apple’s latest mobile operating system, was released this week. One of the features that I was most excited to try was the time lapse functionality that has been added to the Camera app. I tested it out and found that the quality of the video is quite good, but there are no options to control the time lapse other than starting and stopping.
First off, here’s a 24-hour time lapse video made with the Camera app and an iPod Touch running iOS 8:
As you can see, the Camera app has done a good job compensating for the changing light over the course of the day. However, the video moves quite quickly, since 24 hours have been compressed into about 23 seconds.
While there does not appear to be a limit on the length of the time lapse session, it appears that the resulting video is limited to about 23 seconds. In my testing, time lapse sessions longer than about 5 minutes resulted in a 23 second video.
However, there is a workaround to allow time lapse videos with the Camera app that are longer than 23 seconds. Simply make several consecutive time lapse sessions of the same length, and then join the resulting videos together. Unfortunately, there currently is not a way to automate the multiple time lapse sessions, so you will need to set a timer and stop/start the video each time.
Here is the result of two 6-hour time lapse sessions put together:
Time lapse is a great new addition to iOS 8, and it is very easy to use. Hopefully Apple will add some additional options to control the way it works. Give it a try, and see what creative videos you can make!