Creating time-lapse movies

You can create a time-lapse movie from images captured using interval shooting.

  • You can also create a time-lapse movie from images not captured using interval shooting.
  • The PlayMemories Home image management software application for PC is necessary to create time-lapse movies.

Creating time-lapse movies

Tutorial video for creating time-lapse movies


  • To change the language for subtitles, select (Settings) at the lower right corner > [Subtitles] > [Auto-translate], and select the desired language.

1. Selecting images

In Viewer, select the images you want to create a time-lapse movie from.

JPEG and RAW images can be used to create these movies. Note that only JPEGs can be used in movie editing, so any RAW images you select will be converted to JPEG.

  1. Launch Viewer.

  2. Click [Thumbnail Display] in the upper right of the screen → select at least 15 images.

    * You cannot create Time-lapse movies on the [Comparison Display] screen.

  3. In the [Tools] menu, select [Create Time-lapse Movie].

    If you select a large amount of images such as several thousands, it may take a few minutes to process. If the message “Processing” appears, wait for a while, then try again.

  4. Set [Output method]*, [File settings], and [Trimming] → click [Next].

    * Set [Output method] when you have selected RAW images.


    To create movies without black bars on the left and right side for shots that were taken at a 16:9 aspect ratio, set [ Aspect ratio] in [Trimming] to [Use the Same Setting as Shooting Settings].

  5. Click [Next].

    You are now finished selecting images. A screen for assembling the time-lapse movie is displayed.

2. Assemble the time-lapse movie

On the editing screen displayed, assemble the movie.

  1. Once you have finished assembling the movie on the editing screen, click [Next].

    • A Time-lapse setting

      You can select the frame rate for a time-lapse movie when you create one


      Select the music to be added to the movie

      Music Settings

      Adjust the volume of the music

    • B Timeline

      Thumbnails of the photos to combine will appear. Photos are combined from left to right.
      For videos that contain marker information, they will be displayed at the upper section of the timeline.

    • C Effects

      Add effects such as trim and Captions

    • D Save Project

      Save the project that is currently being edited

  2. Save the movie you have created.

    • File name and save location

      Select the filename of the movie and folder where it is saved

    • Format

      Select the file format of the movie to be saved


      Depending on content and details entered/edited, and your PC environment, the file format that the video can be saved may change.

  3. A preview screen is displayed.

    You can also upload the movie created. * The appearance of the display may be different in your region.

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