After that, it’s time to export the frames as JPEG and make a video of it in Premiere Pro! Click on File – Export and choose the option Filename sequence at the File Naming tab. Now all your photos of the time lapse will be sequential numbered what makes it more easy to create them into one video file. After exporting them in a New Folder you can import them easily in Premiere Pro.
Always make sure you shoot your time-lapse photos in RAW so you change and edit the colors more easily in Lightroom
Step 2: Import and organize in Adobe Premiere Pro
Import all your edited photos in Adobe Premiere Pro and organize them in your new project. Because you’ve exported the photos as a sequence, Premiere Pro will import them as a video file when you’ll follow the next steps; click File > Import. Then select only the first file (1) of the photo sequence and select “options in the “import” window. Next, you will see “Image Sequence” appear which you have to select.
When it’s not possible to select “Image Sequence” you must have selected more photos instead of only the first one!
Thereafter, select import and Premiere Pro will convert the images into a video file in your Project window. How convenient is that!
Step 3: Adjust your video frame rate
After importing you can play the video file in Premiere Pro to see how your photos will come alive in a video time lapse! If you need to adjust the video frame rate of your time lapse in Premiere Pro, because it will be part of for example a travel film, please note the following actions. Often, the base video sequence is created in 25fps or 23,976 fps (24fps). It depends on which frame rate you have set as standard sequence setting. If you want to learn more about frame rates you definitely have to read our Handbook for shooting Travel Videos where we will explain this subject in depth.
To change the frame rate, follow the next steps; First, right-click the time-lapse video file in your project window and select “Modify >Interpret footage”. Next up you can change the frame rate to the desired fps by selecting and changing the field “Assume this frame rate”. Final you select “ok”. You will see the new fps under the frame rate in your project window.
Step 4: How to edit the speed of a time lapse in Premiere Pro
Now you have your time lapse file in the right frame rate drag it in your video timeline. If you want to shorten or adjust the duration of the clip, this is where to do that. Sometimes you want to speed it up because you’ve made too many photos and the time is lapsing too slow or you just want to speed it up because it’s matching better with your edit. By doing so you have to “right click” the video file in the timeline and select “speed/duration”. Next, adjust the speed by changing the percentage. A percentage higher than 100% will speed it up and lower than 100% will slow it down.
Step 5: Select good music for the time-lapse
Music is very important while editing a video to create the right atmosphere and bring it to the next level. There are free download possibilities like Musicbed, Artlist and Soundcloud. Simply drag the music you choose into your project files. Then you can cut the music exactly on the parts you wish to use. We can go very deep into this subject because there are many more possibilities to fade the music and add video effects. Interested to learn more about that? Read our blog post about “How to edit background music to video in Premiere Pro”