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iOS 8 first look video: Time-lapse mode in Apple's updated Camera app

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The native Camera app in Apple's iOS 8 comes with an all-new time-lapse photography mode, allowing users to record a scene for a length of time and have it automatically sped up to play back as a video with minimal effort.



The results of a pair of quick time-lapse tests can be seen in the above video. The new time-lapse shooting mode is available alongside previously available camera modes, including photos, videos, square pics, panoramic shots, and slow-motion video.

When choosing the new time-lapse option, there are no options on the screen aside from the ability to choose between the front facing or rear camera. A record button at the bottom is encircled by minute and hour markers like on a clock.

Once a series of photos are collected, they are automatically sped up and compiled as a video that is saved within the device's Photos app. Standard trimming functions for videos can be used to shorten the clip, while it can also be imported into more full-featured video editing tools like iMovie.

In the first beta of iOS 8, there are no options for adjusting how frequently the camera snaps pictures, nor how fast the images play back in the final product. The Camera app does automatically adjust the focus and brightness levels to accommodate for a changing environment.

iOS 8 is currently in beta for developer testing. It is expected to launch on iPhone and iPad this fall. For more, see AppleInsider's other iOS 8 videos.
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I love piano, but eurgh that background track is awful. Although, I do enjoy these videos, they are a nice collection of spotlighted features.

I look forward to giving time lapse mode a try.
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This is pointless. Most Apple die-hards can't stand to be away from their phone for 5 minutes, do you really think they're going to be able to put their phone down for a whole hour to take a time lapse video of something worth while?
post #4 of 18
I'd love to watch this video; Too bad it's in Flash. Oh well, guess I'll manage to live without seeing it.
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I'd love to watch this video; Too bad it's in Flash. Oh well, guess I'll manage to live without seeing it.

I watched the video on my iPhone.
post #6 of 18
And now a thirty second video of paint drying...

But seriously, more functionality in the native camera app is a good thing.

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The second half (melting ice) is an excellent example of why locking focus, exposure and white balance are essential even for just goofing around. Hopefully that capability will be included in the final version.

 

Does anyone know if the Camera app in iOS8 will finally allow manual, or at least fixed, white balance?

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post #8 of 18
Wow, the NSA truck is parked outside your place too, doing "roadworks"?
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This is pointless. Most Apple die-hards can't stand to be away from their phone for 5 minutes, do you really think they're going to be able to put their phone down for a whole hour to take a time lapse video of something worth while?

Not at all. A good use of time-lapse is recording road trips. You mount the camera on the windshield of your car and make a time-lapse of your trip. The phone is with you as you drive.


Edited by DaveN - 6/10/14 at 4:44pm
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spamsandwich 06/10/2014 05:13 PM
And now a thirty second video of paint drying...

That's funny!
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This is pointless. Most Apple die-hards can't stand to be away from their phone for 5 minutes, do you really think they're going to be able to put their phone down for a whole hour to take a time lapse video of something worth while?

We'll just have to buy two.
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And now a thirty second video of paint drying...

My thoughts exactly when watching the ice melt lol
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I love piano, but eurgh that background track is awful

Good grief, Charlie Brown...

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WTF AppleInsider, lose the ads in the videos. From a tech / platform standpoint your site already sucks - is incredibly slow to load - in fact slower than any other website I visit on a regular basis, and you just keep slowing it down even more by adding additional bandwidth sucking crap. (I live in a part of the world with crappy internet speeds... China)
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Does anyone know if the Camera app in iOS8 will finally allow manual, or at least fixed, white balance?

WB I wouldn't know, but they're supposedly adding separate focus & exposure. Plus a timer, finally.




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WTF AppleInsider, lose the ads in the videos. From a tech / platform standpoint your site already sucks - is incredibly slow to load - in fact slower than any other website I visit on a regular basis, and you just keep slowing it down even more by adding additional bandwidth sucking crap. (I live in a part of the world with crappy internet speeds... China)

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post #16 of 18
That looks awesome!
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Interesting App. I would want to easily know the date and tine spanned. Great to see if "ducks" are eating your grass seed while you are away from home, etc. !
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Currently I use Gorilla Cam to make my timelapses. I've set it for up to 45 minutes, depending on the subject matter. You'll find a lot of ios timelapse images out there, which explains Apple's interest. I won't use the new timelapse if it comes out as currently described, though- too limiting.
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This is pointless. Most Apple die-hards can't stand to be away from their phone for 5 minutes, do you really think they're going to be able to put their phone down for a whole hour to take a time lapse video of something worth while?
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