How to create time-lapse video on your iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Time-lapse photography isn’t a new thing. However, although the technology has been around since French filmmaker Georges Méliès first utilized the technique at the turn of the 20th century, it’s only recently come to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (as well as other iOS-compatible iPhones) via iOS 8. The remarkable and fun feature had been available through third-party apps, but it’s now baked directly into the iPhone Camera app, letting you easily snaps photos at dynamically selected intervals before speeding up the resulting video to produce a film that’s quite the opposite of slow motion. It’s a clever process, one much more apparent when tracking the movement of stars across the night sky, flowers blossoming with the rising sun, and other changes that appear subtle to the human eye. Nonetheless, using the advanced technique on your iPhone requires you to do little more than launch the Camera app, press the Record button, diligently wait, and watch the resulting video at a standard 30 frames per second in glorious high definition. Follow the directions below for details on how to take a time-lapse video on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, so you can capture those cliche clouds.

Note: Although the screenshots below are from an iPhone 5 running iOS 8, the process is exactly the same on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with any other iPhone capable of running iOS 8 or later.

Related: Our favorite photography apps for the iPhone and the best iPhone 6 cases.

Launch the camera app

Film a time-lapse video on an iPhone isn’t particularly difficult. Tap the gray camera icon while viewing the home screen, or tap the camera icon and swipe up while viewing the lock screen, to launch the Camera app. Afterward, continually swipe right until you access the iPhone’s time-lapse mode, indicated by the words Time-lapse in yellow at the bottom.

Time Lapse Tutorial

Capture the time-lapse video

Once you’ve found a scene you want to capture, press the red Record button at the bottom of the screen — or either volume button — to begin recording your time-lapse. You can record video for as long as you’d like, whether it be 30 seconds or 30 hours, but keep in mind the images in the frame will appear to move faster than they do in real life. Click the Record button or either volume button again when finished with your recording to save the resulting video to your camera roll. Afterward, access the Photos app to view your new time-lapse on your Retina HD display!

[iPhone 6 time-lapse montage courtesy of Uncage the Soul Productions/Vimeo]

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