Time lapse videos are cool! Everyone wants to make one. But getting a good result isn’t that easy, so how would you create a good looking video if it was with just a DSLR camera and your smartphone?What? no computer to render with cool and expensive apps like Adobe premier etc?

How-to create a time lapse video without PC

Yes, your smartphone and a little magic can replace it easily, here is how!

Making a time lapse Video without a computer

Today, you can make time lapses just with your smartphone. There are tones of apps out there that allow to set a capture interval on your smartphone camera, and generate a video from it. But let’s face the truth, most of us don’t have the suber uber latest smartphone, and ours remains mediocre for picture taking.

What if, like me, you want to use your digital camera but forgot that your took a “smartphone-only” vacation? Here is the solution.

Basically all you need is:

  1. A DSLR camera
  2. A smartphone or tablet with an app to render the time lapse (preferably with 3g so you can share what you produced)

…. Something is missing? Yes! You also need a way to transfer your pictures from the camera to your smartphone (this is where several solutions exist – believe me, I tried many and none of them was great – until I got this).

The ADATA Dashdrive AE400

I received one of these pocket drives a few weeks ago from ADATA to play around with it (go over here to read what it can do), and immediately thought to use it for more than media streaming.

I will be using the DashDrive to load the pictures from my SD-Card to my Nexus4 Smartphone.

Time Lapse without PC – Step by step

Instead of boring you with too much text, here is a picture tutorial on how to use the above listed gear to create Pro-like time lapses. I made it brief, any questions please comment.

Step 1: Take the pictures with your camera

(You might want to get one of these cheap intervalometers from eBay – about $30)

Step 2: Wait and enjoy the sunset

Step 3: Transfer the pictures from the SD-Card to your Smartphone

Using the ADATA DashDrive,  insert the SD-Card and launch the ADATA DashDrive Elite app.

(Make sure that you have connected to the drive over WiFi. Default password is 12345678)

In the app, go to Pictures. This should load all the picture files you have on your card.


Click on one picture download icon (right)

and then if you only have the time lapse shots on the card (which I recommend), select all (small icon at the bottom left of the app) and hit the Download button.

Wait a bit, the time it transfers all shots to your phone. It took for me about 5-8 minutes for 280 shots.

Step 4: Load the files into the time lapse render app

To render my time lapses, I use and recommend LapseIT Pro. Its just the best and easiest to use (believe me).

In the app, go yo Gallery, and click the load folder button (second icon at the top right)

Now, browse to the ADATA Elite folder where your pictures have been downloaded to. (The folder should be at the root of your phone’s storage)

For me, I just had to click once on the “…” to find it.

The pictures are in that folder. Select it and import.

The new project with all the shots should appear in the app gallery.


Step 5: Edit, tune and render your time lapse

Now is a bit more personal time. Select your project and hit details. There you can adjust in different tabs the settings of your time lapse video.

For reference, I export always in “very high” quality, mp4 codec at 1080p full sensor. For the frame rate, I use 24, but 30 is fine.

This gives the best output.

When you are ready, go to the Render tab, name it and hit … render!

Step 6: Wait

get a coffee or something it might take between 5 to 15 minutes depending of your phone for a 10 seconds timelapse.

Step 7: Share your pride!


Share this time lapse which I hope you love and enjoy!

Here is mine:

Last words

So this is it for this tutorial. big thanks to ADATA for this truly fantastic device. Much better than SD-WiFi cards and definitely much “smarter” than USB-OTG.

If you have any questions, please write a comment (or tweet through @xyala). Same if you liked this tutorial guest post and share it so more of us can have some fun!

Tried it at home?

If you tried it yourself or maybe made a time lapse on the go through another way, share below!

Originally posted on About Things

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  • http://www.eagletvision.com/ amarishnegi

    Tons of fun!.:-)
    i can’t wait to try it…it superb trick..

  • http://www.crazyforinfo.com ravi

    thnaxx for this nice share buddy…really informativ and useful….:-)