Panolapse
Add motion to timelapse videos. Panolapse uses perspective correction to create real-world rotational panning through your scene. Also zoom, deflicker, blend RAW metadata, auto-exposure, create videos, and more.

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v1.172 (July 18, 2014)
Animate a pan through a scene
Interpolate metadata with RAWBlend
Deflicker and batch render

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Sample Videos
Demo videos by users show Panolapse in motion.
Panolapse Demo
User Compilation

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Features
Panolapse is a tool for creating timelapse videos, with features for panning, zooming, deflickering, RAW metadata interpolation, and batch rendering.

  • Panning. Simulate rotational panning with perspective correction.
  • Zooming. Animate a lens zoom in or out of your scene.
  • Blend frames with RAWBlend. Interpolate RAW metadata like exposure, contrast, white balance, saturation, and more.
  • Deflicker. Smoothen changes in brightness.
  • Autoexposure. Get perfect exposure no matter what camera settings you're at, analyzing changes in aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.
  • Combine JPG images into a video. Export to high-quality images or video (jpg, mp4, mov).
  • Fisheye Lens support. Works with both normal lenses and fisheyes.
  • Animate stitched panoramas. Supports 360° equirectangular panoramic images.

Rotational Panning
A wide-angle image can be rotationally panned with perspective correction.

A fisheye lens allows up to 360° rotation.
The concept behind Panolapse's motion effect is similar to that of 360° panorama viewers, using 3D perspective correction to simulate real-world accurate movements.

Up to now, photographers generally had two methods for adding motion to time-lapse sequences. One approach has been to mount the camera on a motorized track or head. These systems are often heavy and restrictive. The other method applies video-editing software to digitally crop and slide. But since this doesn't correct for perspective, the results can be unnatural.

Panolapse applies perspective correction to create natural panning. It adds rotational motion to a sequence, essentially acting as a motorized-head.

"I think it's pretty cool. Especially when you don't want to drag around a bunch of motion control hardware when you're on vacation." - CheesyCam


Animate RAW setttings with RAWBlend
RAWBlend is a powerful tool for blending from one frame to another seamlessly. Set keyframe images, and let RAWBlend interpolate your exposure, color temperature, contrast, and other metadata between images. With RAWBlend, you can process just your first and last frames - it does the rest.

For more information, visit the page on RAWBlend.


Deflicker
Slight mechanical differences between each shot by the camera often causes flickering in a timelapse video. Panolapse corrects this by tuning each frame's brightness levels towards a computed moving average for optimal smoothness.


AutoExposure and the "Holy Grail"
When shooting a timelapse in rapidly changing light (such as sunrise or sunset), it may be necessary to adjust camera settings to keep the image properly exposed. This is known as the "Holy Grail timelapse," as it's so difficult to get right. AutoExposure automates this process by analyzing each frame for changes in aperture, shutter-speed, and ISO - and then adjusts exposure accordingly. Shoot at any setting and get perfect exposure every frame.

Autoexposure analyzes aperture, shutter-speed, and ISO while interpolating exposure.


Animate Stitched Panoramas
Aside from timelapses, if you're into creating panorama images, you can use Panolapse to animate your panorama as a moving video by importing a 360°x180° equirectangular image.

High-Quality Renders
Export your final video in visually-lossless JPG frames, .mov (PhotoJPEG) video, or .mp4 video. Batch multiple render tasks to save time.
What people are saying about Panolapse
"Panolapse corrects the wide angle lens distortion to create a panning illusion... The results are very interesting." -DIYPhotography
"In a nutshell, it's quite a handy app for adding virtual camera motion." -AddictiveTips
"It's definitely worth a look if you're into making time lapse videos where movement matters." -DPMag
"Panolapse uses perspective correction to produce far more realistic results, so that it actually looks as though your camera is moving around within the scene." -SoftwareCrew
"The best time-lapse videos don't typically rely on subject motion alone. Often, they inject a sense of life into the scene by adding camera motion as well, changing your perspective and guiding your viewpoint as the scene unfolds before your eyes." -Imaging-Resource
"Adding motion to your time lapse video greatly enhances its appeal... It seems that a new solution is only a few clicks away." -MotionVFX
"If there's one aspect of time-lapse creation that has remained difficult to master, it's adding camera movement... This is where Panolapse comes in." -Graphics.com
FAQ
Does Panolapse support my camera?
Yes. You can set the crop factor, lens focal length, and lens type (normal, fisheye, stereographic, equidistant, thoby, or equirectangular) so the program works with all cameras (full-frame, crop-sensor, point-and-shoots, GoPro, etc.,). In addition, RAWBlend works with dozens of RAW file formats, as well as JPG.

What camera/lens works best with Panolapse?
Any camera/lens will work fine, but wider lenses give you more room to pan. A 24mm lens or wider on a full-frame sensor is recommended. Fisheye lenses, including GoPro cameras, capture even more of the scene to allow greater panning motion.

I already have a motorized system for time-lapses.
Panolapse can be used on top of hardware systems, allowing you to further tweak and adjust motion for more creative control. It can also be useful in situations where you can't bring all of your gear.

Is it free?
Panolapse is free for output resolutions up to 1280x720 HD. To unlock unlimited resolution, please support the project by buying a license.

Who created Panolapse?
Panolapse was originally created by Patrick Shyu for the Blue Eden project, a series of high-definition videos across the world.

Comments, bug reports, and feedback
Please feel free to email contact@panolapse360.com.