In eight easy steps, you'll learn how to make a timelapse in Magix Movie Edit Pro. I'll show you how to import and edit your photos, speed up your timelapse, fade in and out, and add music.
But before we get started with the Magix Movie Edit Pro tutorial, let's watch the finished video of the shoot I'll be working on. This was shot with a GoPro Hero4 Black while camping with my family. There were 1,213 photos in this timelapse.
I wanted to show a fast version compared to the original (which was rendered at the fastest photo length time in MAGIX) so I put them together in the following video.
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I love how it turned out! It's so peaceful, and it takes me back to time spent relaxing with my family. Here's a detailed tutorial about how to edit video in Magix Movie Edit Pro.
I created this video with Magix Movie Edit Pro. Need a copy? Get yours here.
How to Create a Timelapse in Magix Movie Edit Pro
To get started, you'll need to create a folder for your time lapse photos. This is the folder you'll be importing into Magix Movie Edit Pro. You usually create a folder within it called “edits” to use to save my project edits as I'm working on it.
Step 1: Getting Started
Once your timelapse photos are off of your camera and in your new folder you can open Magix Movie Edit Pro. When the program opens, choose to create a new project and enter the name of your project. Then select the project folder where you want your project edits to be saved. Then click –> OK.
Now you're ready to import your time-lapse photos. Choose the Import tab (it should already be chosen) click –> Computer. Then locate the folder where you put your time-lapse photos, click to import.
Once your files are imported you'll want to copy them to the storyboard.
To do that you'll need to select them all. Click on the first photo, it will turn blue indicating that it's active. Scroll to the last photo in your image set, hold down the shift key and click on the last photo. Make sure all the photos are highlighted blue.
Next mouse over (without clicking) the first photo, and click on the little arrow in the bottom right corner. You'll probably see this box come up.
Chose to copy the files.
If Storyboard Mode is not chosen, choose it now. This is the easiest mode for working on a timelapse in Magix Movie Edit Pro.
You'll now see all the photos on the storyboard.
Step 2: Adjusting Photo Display Time
Before making any changes to your photos always make sure your video location markers are where they should be. Otherwise you could mess things up and waste time (like I did before I figured that out).
In the following screen shot, they are all at the beginning of my video (on the far left). I'll be working on the first photo throughout this tutorial, so they are right where I want them.
Now it's time to set the display time (photo length) for each photo, you can change one and apply the edit to all. Click on the first photo on your storyboard, when it turns blue click the menu button in the upper right corner. Click –> Change photo length.
When the photo length options come up choose the lowest display time 00:00:01.
Now click –> Apply to all. You'll see the display time for all the photos (bottom left corner of each photo) change.
Now your photos will play like a timelapse. Click the play button in the video display window. If it plays kind of slow, don't worry – we're going to speed it up later. It will have to be saved out as a video file before we can speed it up. But we've got some more work to do before it's ready to be rendered as a video.
Let's make our timelapse prettier with a little editing. If you don't want to edit your photos, add a title, speed things up, or add any fading, skip to step 5 – Exporting Your Timelapse.
Editing Timelapse Photos in Magix Movie Edit Pro
Now it's time to edit your photos. Again, we can edit one and apply to all. So go ahead and highlight your first photo.
If you change something and you're not happy you can click Ctrl + Z to back up a step. Or if you want to go back to the original settings, click the mirrored arrow (looks like two arrows facing each other) tab in the upper right corner of each effect.
Step 3: Editing Your Timelapse Photos
I like to start by filling the frame with my video. This means my video will display at 16:9, without black bars on either side. I shoot in HD with a GoPro so my resolution stays crisp. If you shoot in lower resolution you may want to skip this effect.
Read our Guide to GoPro Settings
To fill the frame click the Effects tab and choose –> View/Animation –> Size/Position. You'll see things change a bit in the video display window, just grab the red dots on each side of the photo and drag them to fill the frame. This will crop out some of your photo. You can re-position your photo by clicking in the center and dragging.
Now we'll edit the color, let's start with saturation. I shoot in Protune and this is where I see it pay off. For this video I pushed it all the way to 100. I didn't touch anything else here.
Next, I adjusted the brightness and contrast. This effect is just above the Color effect. Click it and try the Auto exposure. I liked the way that looked, but I wanted a little more contrast, so I bumped that up a bit.
Do you need to straighten the horizon? I did. It's an easy fix, just click –> View/Animation, and –> Rotation/Mirror. Once the Rotation/Mirror box comes up, click –> Show guides and move the slider until your horizon is straight. You don't have to show the guides, but it helps.
Now it's time to apply all of these edits to every photo in your timelapse in MAGIX Movie Edit Pro. To do that, click on the menu in the upper right corner of the photo you've been editing. Click –> Video effects –> Apply video effects to all.
Now all your photos are edited. If you need to fix a few frames you can change them individually. And to delete a frame just click on it and hit delete. But make sure you haven't highlighted any other photos.
I always add a title to my videos. It's great for brand recognition, and makes it harder for people to pass the video off as their own. It's easy to add a title to your timelapse in MAGIX Movie Edit Pro.
Adding a Title to Your Timelapse in Magix Movie Edit Pro
Before you add your title, make sure your video location markers are where they should be (probably at the beginning) or your title could show up halfway through your video.
Step 4: Adding a Title to Your Timelapse
To add a title click on the T at the top of your first photo (you could also click the Title tab). Then type your title in the black box, choose your font and what size you want it to be. Then you can click on your title (over in the video display window) and drag it to where you want it.
This program has a predetermined appearance time for the title. I was happy with that, so I left it. I'm not sure if that can be adjusted. If you figure it out, please let me know in the comments on this post.
You're finished with the first part of creating a timelapse in MAGIX Movie Edit Pro. It's time to export your video.
Step 5: Exporting Your Time-lapse
After exporting and saving it as a video, you'll be working with it again to speed it up, add music, and some fading.
To export your timelapse, click on the arrow in the upper right corner. Then choose –> Output as video file.
Now it's time to chose your video quality. I choose HD quality 1 and format it to Windows Media video. Now click –> Save Video.
If you don't want to speed up your timelapse you're good to go. You can share it on YouTube or wherever you want. But if you want to speed it up, add fading or music, read on.
Let's bring the timelapse video you just created back into MAGIX so we can pretty it up a bit more.
Speeding Up a Timelapse in Magix Movie Edit Pro
To begin, go back to your MAGIX program and click –> File –> Create new project. You'll follow the same steps as before, but name your file something different so it will be easy to tell your original (slow) time-lapse from the faster one you're about to create.
Step 6: How to Speed Up Your Timelapse Video
Import the timelapse video you just created and and copy it to the storyboard. Highlight it and click –> Effects –> Video effects –> Speed.
Now you can play with the slider next to the Factor heading. Play your video at different settings and see what you like best. I moved mine all the way up to 4.
In the above screen shot, you see two videos on the storyboard. That's because I was using it for demo purposes. I wanted to show the fast version compared to the original (which I shared at the beginning of this post). Let's take a look at the fast cut all by itself.
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Did you notice the fading? I think fading in and out is a nice touch, let's add that now.
Step 7: How to Make Your Timelapse Video Fade
To add fading to your video, you'll click on either of the little gray boxes on your video (on the storyboard). You'll see some fade options come up I just picked through black because I like it. But, you can play with options, there are more options under the Fades tab. You can add a fade at the begging and end of your video.
(In the above screenshot there was a glitch and the video was not displaying on the storyboard, but it was playing in the video display window.)
Step 8: Adding Music to Your Video in Magix
It's best to use Timeline mode when adding music to your video, so change your mode now.
Click –> Import –> My media –> My music and then navigate to the music file you want to use.
Now you need to copy that file onto your timeline. You'll do this the same way you copied your timelapse photos onto your storyboard except there is only one file to copy.
Your timeline will change when your music track is loaded. You may not see the scenes in your video anymore, but don't worry you just need to drag the track up under your video track. Just click on it (you'll see a little hand icon) and drag it up.
Once your music file is on your timeline you'll need to trim it. Drag your video location bar to the end of your video. Then click on the little image of the scissors to cut the music track.
Play your video to make sure you got it right. Now you can click on the excess music track and click delete.
You may want to fade the music. To do that mouse over the end of the music track and you'll see a little circle that you can drag to fade the music. Play with it until the fade fits your video.
That's it. Your timelapse is beautiful now. It's time to export, you'll do that the same way you exported your original timelapse.
Have fun watching and sharing your video!
I created this video with Magix Movie Edit Pro. Need a copy? Get yours here.
What do You Think of Creating a Timelapse in Magix?
Have you used MAGIX before? How did you find it compared to other video editing software? It took me a little while to figure out, but once I got going it was pretty intuitive. And I love that it didn't crash on me – like GoPro Studio is famous for.
I hope this tutorial helps you create a great timelapse in MAGIX Movie Edit Pro. If it does, I would love to hear about it in the comments – please share your video url. And if you have any tips to add please do so.
Once you get the hang of it, creating a timelapse is quick and easy. Here's one of my favorites from our camping trip last summer.
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