Easy timelapse from individual images

I’m a beginner to timelapse photography, but I’m putting my notes here anyways for future reference.

When I had a stable tripod and setup, I used Adobe Lightroom plugins that adjusted the slideshow feature to make videos at adjustable framerates (this one, I think).  This is easy and the Lightroom integration is nice for easily adjusting exposure or saturation in all the images.  This simple workflow made this timelapse of my friends’ wedding (title and music added separately):

In another run, my tripod wasn’t perfectly stable, so I needed to align the images first.  I couldn’t figure out how to do that in Lightroom, so I used a few open source tools (after adjusting the images and then exporting them from Lightroom as jpegs):

sudo apt-get install hugin-tools imagemagick libav-tools

ls IMG*jpg | sort -n | xargs align_image_stack -a aligned -v -C

for f in aligned*.tif; do echo $f; convert $f $f.jpg; done;

avconv -framerate 12 -i aligned%04d.tif.jpg -r 24 -crf 25 -vf "scale=trunc(iw/2)*2:trunc(ih/2)*2" timelapse.mp4

This is an example from the second workflow.  The camera is worse and so the image quality isn’t as good, but the idea is the same.

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