Creating time-lapse movies

Using RAW or JPEG images from interval shooting, you can create time-lapse movies. Creation of time-lapse movies requires the applications Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit)(Ver. 1.4.00 or later) and PlayMemories Home. The movies created are saved in MP4 format.

Creating the movies

  1. Interval shooting

    The camera captures a series of still images automatically, based on the interval time and number of shots set in advance.

    Although the movies cannot be created on the camera, you can use continuous playback to check the results.

  2. Assemble the time-lapse movie

    Select the captured images and create a time-lapse movie.

Interval shooting

Setting the camera

  1. [Interval Shoot Func.]

    MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Interval Shoot Func.] and complete the following items.

    • [Interval Shooting]: Set to [On].
    • [Shooting Start Time]: Sets the amount of time from when you press the shutter button to the first interval shooting shot. (1 second to 99 minutes 59 seconds)
    • [Shooting Interval]: Sets the shooting interval (time from when one exposure starts to when the exposure for the next shot starts). (1 second to 60 seconds)
    • [Number of Shots]: Sets the number of shots for interval shooting. (1 shot to 9999 shots)
    • [AE Tracking Sensitivity]: Sets the tracking sensitivity of auto exposure against the change in luminance during interval shooting. If you select [Low], exposure changes during interval shooting will be smoother. ([High] / [Mid] / [Low])
    • [Silent Shoot. in Interval]: Sets whether or not to perform silent shooting during interval shooting. ([On] / [Off])
    • [Shoot Interval Priority]: Sets whether or not to prioritize the shooting interval when the exposure mode is [Program Auto] or [Aperture Priority] and the shutter speed becomes longer than the time set for [Shooting Interval]. ([On] / [Off])
  2. [Still ImagesAspect Ratio]

    16:9 is recommended for [Aspect Ratio] during shooting if you will use the Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) application on a computer to create time-lapse movies. 16:9 is the aspect ratio of movies created by Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit).

    MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Still ImagesAspect Ratio] → 16:9 (recommended setting).

Hint

Because Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) creates movies with an aspect ratio of 16:9, black bars will appear on the left and right sides of movies created from interval shooting with [Still ImagesAspect Ratio] set to 3:2 or 1:1 if you set [Trimming setting] in Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) to [Enlarge to Fit Aspect Ratio (With Space)].

Example of black bars in a movie created with [Trimming setting] in Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) set to [Enlarge to Fit Aspect Ratio (With Space)]

Shot at 16:9

Shot at 3:2

Shot at 1:1

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Guide to using the camera

Shooting notes and recommended settings

Changes in brightness or color tone between images captured in interval shooting may cause flickering and rough movement in the resulting movie.

These settings are recommended.

  • [Face/Eye AF Set.]: [Off]
  • [White Balance]: Other than [Auto] or [Underwater Auto]
  • [AE Tracking Sensitivity]: [Low]
  • [Silent Shoot. in Interval]: [On]
  • [SteadyShot]: [Off]
  • Without using flash

Hint

During interval shooting, if you want to individually adjust each shot according to the change in color tone, set [Still ImagesShutter AWB Lock] to [Off], and set [White Balance] to [Auto].

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Note

  • With short interval time settings, card write speeds that are slower than the interval time may prevent shooting at your specified interval time. Be careful in situations where more card space is required to save each image (such as when shooting RAW images).

On-camera playback of images from interval shooting

Although time-lapse movies cannot be created from interval shooting images on the camera, you can use continuous playback for these images to check the results. The images from interval shooting are shown as a group on the playback screen.

Procedure
  1. MENU → Playback (Playback) → [Cont. PB for Interval].

  2. Playback (Playback) button → use the control wheel to select grouped images to play → press the center of the control wheel.

    Grouped images

  3. Press the center button to start continuous playback.

Hint

Playback speed can be adjusted during continuous playback by turning the control wheel. In [PB Speed for Interval], you can also set the continuous playback speed for still images.

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Remote shooting

Remote shooting is possible using the Remote application of Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit).

Assemble the time-lapse movie

The latest versions of the Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) software and PlayMemories Home are required. Install these applications on a computer.

Creating time-lapse movies

  1. Selecting images
  2. Assemble the time-lapse movie

Selecting images

In the Viewer application of Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit), select images from interval shooting. 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. Insert a memory card used for interval shooting into the computer.

  2. Start the Viewer application installed with Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit).

  3. Click [Thumbnail Display] in the upper right of the screen * → Click the [DCIM] folder on the memory card, and select the folder that contains the images you want to use. → filter display as needed, by file format or other details → select at least 15 images.

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

    Hint

    How to select multiple images

    • To select consecutive images :
      Click the first thumbnail image in the sequence. Then, click the last thumbnail image while holding down the Shift key. (The operation is the same for both Windows and Mac.)
    • To select multiple nonconsecutive images :
      For Windows
      Click the thumbnail images one by one while holding down the Ctrl key.
      For Mac
      Click the thumbnail images one by one while holding down the Command key.
    • To select all the images :
      For Windows
      Press the A key while holding down the Ctrl key.
      For Mac
      Press the A key while holding down the Command key.
  4. 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.

  5. Set [Output method], [File settings], and [Cropping] → click [Next].

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

    Hint

    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].

  6. Click [Next].

After you finish selecting images, PlayMemories Home will launch automatically with the screen for assembling the time-lapse movie.

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].

    1. Time-lapse setting

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

      Music

      Select the music to be added to the movie

      Music Settings

      Adjust the volume of the music

    2. 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.

    3. Effects

      Add effects such as trim and Captions

    4. Save Project

      Save the project that is currently being edited

  2. Save the movie you have created.

    1. File name and save location

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

    2. Format

      Select the file format of the movie to be saved

  3. A preview screen is displayed.

    You can also upload the movie created.

    *The displayed application may differ depending on your region of residence.

*The menu screen images on this web page have been simplified for display purposes, and do not exactly reflect the actual screen display of the camera.