Camera and video technology have come a very, very long way in just a few short years. An iPhone, a Mac and a decent microphone provide higher quality video production than $500,000 would have bought just a decade or two ago.
Your iPhone can capture high quality audio, 1080p video, slow-motion, time-lapse, and has options for editing, filters, effects, and much more in a tiny package that fits in a pocket. What’s missing? Screen real estate. There’s just no substitute in a small device for the screen size afforded by a Mac notebook or iMac on the desktop.
Here’s the perfect example. It’s an app called Peresecond which creates time-lapse videos from videos. It comes with controls to trim, edit, adjust speed and playback direction, and export the whole shebang in 1080p. Editing controls could not be much simpler to use, either.
Drag and drop time-lapse images onto Peresecond. The preview is created automatically. Set the in and out points of the timeline using the slider bar (similar to old style timeline video editing). Then, drag the time slider bar to create a faster or slower image to match a specific duration requirement or effect.
That’s it. Seriously.
The results are astounding and easily exported to share online, drop into a presentation, or use as a broadcast or online video. The only other option is to set the time-lapse direction (forward or reverse). Peresecond is also one of those Mac apps you absolutely must try first, so there’s a free trial version to download before you buy.
What you won’t get in Peresecond are effects or filters. It does one thing and one thing only. Time-lapse from images using only the simplest of controls, but making it easier to control output than Apple’s built-in time-lapse function in iOS 8, or even the popular HyperLapse video app.