Creating And Editing A Timelapse On Your iPhone Or iPad With LumaFusion

As we move further into a mobile world there are many of us including myself that do all my editing tasks on an iPad Pro. This includes all my YouTube video as well as all my drone, GoPro and adventuring videos. As a creator, I really enjoy capturing time-lapses and for the most part, they are done via my GoPro Hero 7 Black. If I am just grabbing a quick timelapse I always capture in “Video Timelapse Mode” as it is quick and easy and when I am done recording it is already in a video format that I can share right away on social media or even bring over to my iPad for some simple editing and color correcting/grading.

However, If I want to capture a time-lapse and need more control in editing I will capture in “Timelapse Photo Mode”. In this mode, the GoPro saves the images as a sequence that I will have to assemble later myself. Assembling a photo timelapse on a laptop or desktop is quite easy as there are many applications dedicated to just this. Even all the big name editors have tools built-in for editing and compiling a time-lapse sequence. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to achieve this on iOS devices such as iPhones or iPads. There are two main problems, lack of dedicated apps for time-lapse editing and sometimes storage of media on your iOS device can be a problem.

Thankfully there are a few tools we can use to help us assemble and edit our time-lapses. First, let’s talk about media management and how to get you time-lapse sequences onto your iPad or iPhone. If you have large numbers of photos to move to your iOS device, you may want to consider using the “Apple Card Reader Dongle” this allows you to pop in your memory card containing your time-lapse photo sequence and move them to your camera roll fairly quickly. If you’re like me sometimes you end up capturing many time-lapses but don’t always have the time to get to editing right away, it may be weeks down the road before you can find the time. This can cause a problem for storage considering most iOS devices have limited storage capacities. You may want to consider looking into a wireless drive such as the “WD Wireless My Passport” This is one handy hard drive for mobile editors and adventure photographers, it can save storage space on your iPad or iPhone and is packed with useful features. This hard drive has a built-in battery so when using it on the go you don’t have to plug it into power. It can also double as a power bank if your camera or phone gets low on battery just plug it into the hard drive and it will start charging. However, what really makes this a must-have unit for photographers is it has a built-in card reader, You can just plug in a memory card from your camera, GoPro or Drone and it will automatically offload to the drive. This is a great way to back up your content but also makes editing easier as these hard drives can be connected to your iPad or iPhone which in turn allows you to pull media off it when it comes time to edit. This wireless Hard drive comes in two versions, an HDD (moving drive) and an SSD (solid state drive). The SSD is quite expensive but is more durable and faster. The HDD version is more economical and you can get larger capacities for your money.

The next tool we will be using to compile and edit our timelapse is an iOS app called LumaFusion and it will run on both your iPhone and iPad. LumaFusion is a full-featured mobile editor and is the perfect tool for mobile content creators. Although it does not have any dedicated tools built in for time-lapse editing we can make use of some of its features to achieve this. Follow along on my YouTube tutorial video as I show you how to compile your GoPro, drone and other cameras time-lapse sequences in LumaFusion.

WD Wireless Passport HHD:
WD Wireless Passport SSD:
GoPro/Mobile Timelapse Slider:
GoPro Hero 7 Black:
12.9″ iPad Pro 2018:
Apple Pencil 2:
Apple Card Reader (USB-C)
Apple Card Reader (LIghtning)


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