Timelaspe with Just Pictures

Hi all, I want to do timelaspe with just pictures. I don’t want the video. Is that possible?


By definition, time-lapse is video. However, you could set the frame capture rate to something pretty slow. Then find some computer app that can take a short video and turn it into a bunch of JPG’s, one per frame. I don’t know for sure, but I’d be willing to be that such an app exists.

That app would be ffmpeg. (It is free)

ffmpeg -i inputfile.mp4 -vf fps=1/60 picture%04d.png

That reads in “inputfile.mp4”, then ever 60 secs, it dumps it to a sequential ordering of picture0001.png picture0002.png and so on.


Interesting. thanks for sharing this. do you think that it will create a timestamp? i am looking to match up images with data in a database.

You can make a timestamp if you wish, it is all up to you.

Like so…
-strftime 1 "%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S_picture%04d.png

Then it can name it after the timestamp… if you mean you want the picture to have a timestamp, yes, that can be done as well, though, a bit more complex.