The slow marching passage of time is ever present, do you feel it? In this day and age, we take selfies a lot (or at least, I do!) And these images are the perfect way to track the changes you see over time but may not notice because to you, they’re gradual. If you’re looking for ideas for cool videos, look no further. In this article, I’ll show you how to create an aging time lapse using a free website called Kapwing.
Here’s how to make an aging time lapse in 5 steps:
- Collect your selfies
- Upload your photos
- Resize and time your photos
- Add music
- Finish and share
Here are some examples of people who have created a video by taking a picture every day for years and years:
Watch the video version of this article here:
**Step 1: Collect your selfies **
Go through your photos app, your hard drive, your desktop folder, wherever you store your photos. Take all the selfies you find (and you like) and put them in one place. If you want to be really smooth with your video, pick a consistent expression and angle that you see throughout your photos and only use those.
Step 2: Upload your photos
Make sure whatever device you’re using, your clips are available. I recommend a computer. If you need to transfer your clips between devices, do that! You can airdrop them, email/message them to yourself, download from Google Photos, or plug your phone in and transfer them that way.
Organize your photos by date modified. Upload each photo to a scene in Kapwing’s Studio. Click upload, and choose your photo. Then add a new scene and repeat the process. Rearrange your clips by dragging them so they are in the right order and delete anything you feel is extraneous.
If any of your photos are out of order, rearrange your scenes into your desired order by dragging and dropping from the left panel.
Step 3: Resize and time your photos
Resize each photo to line up with each other photo. Click Lock Aspect Ratio to keep your image whole. Pick the most zoomed in selfie and keep the rest in line with that sizing as that will be your limiting factor, or leave a background behind the edges of the image. Drag the corner circles to rotate and resize your image.
Click timeline to select the length of your photo. Choose a custom length video and type in your intended timing. I recommend 0.1 – 0.2 seconds to keep your video moving along.
Step 4: Add music
When you’ve finalized your scenes and video, add a song to finish it off. The first step is to find the song that you want. You can choose a popular teen angst song, song about growing older, or find more subtle ambient music to accompany the montage. Click Audio in the bottom panel and upload a music file from your computer. You can also import a video from YouTube by copy/pasting a YouTube URL.
Step 5: Finish and share
Download your video and share it with your friends directly or by copying and pasting the link. Upload it to Youtube or Instagram and start sharing your opinion with the general population! (If that’s what you want.) Thanks for reading this article! Share your aging time lapse with us on social media @kapwingapp.
Here’s what I created: