How to make time-lapse videos for Instagram

Browsing social media has become a major leisure activity for a large number of young people. Previously, these were harmless platforms for sharing interesting thoughts and beautiful photos. Now, on Facebook and Instagram, there is a real battle for the time and resources of each user.

This trend is especially noticeable in the Instagram feed. For any artist, online store, or just blogger, the main goal is to attract the attention of users. All of them are trying to create a community of fans around them that would be potentially interested in purchasing their products.

In order to win the competition for people’s attention, you need to look for new cool ideas and interesting tools constantly. Timelapse video may be what you need. So turn off the sound on your camera to avoid distracting anyone, and let’s get creative. 

What Is Timelapse?

Timelapse video is a creative technique that allows you to capture the slow-motion of various objects to create unique and unexpected images. In other words, it is a way of creating a video in which it can be recorded for hours and then compressed into a short, fast clip.

Timelapse is perfect for bringing lots of your ideas into life. Artists can use it to fit the entire creative process into one video; chefs can show the process of cooking, etc. This is why these videos are the most engaging and help get the audience’s attention.

Previously, in order to get such an effect, it was necessary to study videography techniques for hours and sit for the same amount of time over video editing software. Now, everything has become much easier: there are several interesting programs for both iPhone and Android. With their help, you can edit videos in a matter of seconds.

Creating Timelapse Videos With Instagram’s Hyperlapse App on iOS

First, let’s take a look at a program called Hyperlapse. This video editing software was developed by Instagram employees just for creating accelerated videos. The program has one big drawback: at this stage, it only works on iOS. However, if you own an iPhone, then Hyperlapse is a good choice for video editing. So, all you need is a smartphone, a slow-motion app, and free memory space on your device.

To start recording video in Hyperlapse, tap the white circle at the bottom of the screen. After that, you will see a timer that shows how long the real video is going (at the left) and how long the accelerated video will go (at the right). If you are going to post this material on Instagram in the future, you should remember that the maximum video duration is only 60 seconds. When you have removed everything you want, you can click on the white circle again, and the recording will stop.

Now you can proceed to adjust the speed of the final video. After finishing the recording, you will see a slider with which you can change the speed from x1 to x12. When you realize that you have achieved the desired result, click on the green checkmark at the top of the screen, and the video will be saved to the gallery of your iPhone.

The undoubted advantage of the Hyperlapse application is its autonomy. Such programs independently edit video, stabilize it and clear the picture.

A little secret. Before you start shooting a video, you can tap the screen with four fingers, which will lead to the opening of the secret menu. In the new window, you can choose the resolution for the video, the frame rate and set the speed up to x40 on your own.

Android Software for Creating Timelapse Videos  

If you do not like the Hyperlapse program, or you are a happy owner of an Android smartphone, then you should familiarize yourself with other ways to shoot accelerated video. There are tons of different video editing software out there, and you need to be smart about finding the best deals.

A good video editor offers you a lot of different features, not just the timelapse one. For example, applications from Fxhome allow you to use over 500 after-effects for your videos, Lightworks video editing software is an excellent choice for professional editing.

In addition, some programs allow even beginners to edit video, have a simple interface and a free period of use. These programs include, for example, the cross-platform video editor Shotcut. It’s worth noting that the program is open source, so everyone can take part in improving the software on their own. 

It’s a good idea to tweak your timelapse video a bit by adding captions, stickers, and music. Movavi editor is ideal for such purposes. The editor also provides a trial period for those who want to test its features.

A Bit of Inspiration

Here are some of the ideas for creating timelapse videos:

  • Behind the scenes work. Try to show customers a different side of your business that is usually hidden from them. For example, you can record your team’s meetings.
  • Unusual angle. If you are a small online store, try to show how your product can be used for unusual purposes. 
  • Classic timelapse. You see such videos more often, but this does not mean that they have become less effective. For regular bloggers, it can be interesting to show subscribers something that is usually hidden from their views, such as playing sports or cooking.

Conclusion

When creating content for Instagram, remember that you should not only be creative but be of real interest to users. Timelapse is a great tool to lure potential buyers or subscribers to your page. This article includes the most popular and convenient programs with which you can speed up moments from your life and share them with the whole world. Try to show your talents and upload your first timelapse video to Instagram.

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Is Flock Social legit or a scam? We attempt to verify if Flock Social is a real company or not

We’ve all been there: we arrive at a website where we really, really want to purchase the product or service they provide, but have never heard of the brand so we pause. And this being the Internet, we have to be extremely careful where we put our credit card and personal information not to mention whether that website will provide what they promise.

So is Flock Social a real company?

You’re reading this review because you’re interested in but never heard of Flock Social and want to you know whether it’s a legit service or fake. Having a career in the tech industry that often needs to vet the quality of websites, we’re going to use those same check points to evaluate Flock Social so you can make a more informed purchase (or not).

At the end of the day, it’s not unlike visiting a bookmaker, you assess the chances and odds before placing your bet down. We’ll do that below by auditing their site to see if you can trust Flock with your money. Check out the following 10 check points on how we audited Flock Social for legitimacy as a company:

Legit Flock Social has a LinkedIn company page.

Legit  On that company page, they have a published out physical address. Obviously this could be a P.O. Box or a fake address, but most fake companies wouldn’t go to the trouble of faking an address for $50.

Locations Primary
Kneza Mihaila 11-15
Belgrade, Stari Grad 11000, RS

The fact that Flock Social provides an actual address tells us they’re not concerned with angry customers showing up to their doorstep.

Legit Unlike the vast majority of these social media grow-your-follower platforms that have a two “employees” working out of their homes, Flock Social has 24 employees according to LinkedIn. If you scan their employees, they have actual titles you’d see in a company: Customer Service, Content Creators, Developers and Engineers, Optimization Manager, and Human Resources.

Neutral As of this analysis, the company has 79 reviews on Trust Pilot with an overall rating of 4.7 stars. That’s nice but we can only provide a neutral on this because the first review was just a few months ago in December 02, 2020 and many of the reviews come from reviewers with only one review — Flock Social.

Legit Their website also passes the eye test. There’s a difference between a website being run by a couple people vs. one that has multiple employees. Usually that attribute manifests itself in how robust the website is (or not). Sites that are questionable typically only have a homepage and pricing page, Flock Social’s site also has a how-it-works page, a blog, a contact us page, an FAQ page and a case studies page.

Neutral On the blog, we wish they had more than seven blog posts. A sign of a good company will usually have enough resources to create quality content to show their expertise in their area of focus.

Legit Flock has a couple different in-depth programs you wouldn’t see from a company trying to scam; they have a page that offers white label, marketing agency integration where they can be subcontracted to do social media marketing and an affiliate program.

Neutral Though they have a contact us page, it’s just a form. When vetting sites, we prefer seeing email addresses published on the site. The presence of an email address on the site is one way they show that they care about their customers.

Legit Flock Social also has a case studies page which purportedly features real customer testimonials. The presence of real customer reviews is always a relief as it shows that there are other companies/people using the product (and vouch for it).

Legit Flock Social also has a professionally shot video talking about their service and features their CEO. Again another effort that most scam websites wouldn’t provide.

Legit Flock Social also offers up a one-week free trial of their service and doesn’t require you to put in a credit card or any personal information (outside of your Instagram credentials). We ran through the steps and found that to be true.

So is Flock Social a scam or legitimate? 

Now this being the Internet; it’s actually really easy to fake many of our points above, but typically companies that are looking to scam or provide a fake product or service won’t go to that level of detail especially for the money that Flock Social is asking for. All things considered with eight legit scores, three neutral and zero scams, we’re ~90% certain that Flock Social is a legitimate company.

So if you’re interested in growing your Instagram followers, you can be confident that the company is on firm grounding so go ahead and get started on that 7-day free trial to test out if their service works. If you have experience with the company, please share your comments and reviews below.

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Forget WordPress Plugins, Use IFTTT for Tweets, Instragram, Facebook, Etc.

 

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Pearl Jam at Barclays Center, Brooklyn

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Next time around, maybe in ten more years, I’ll see them perform Corduroy, Dissident, Not For You, I Got ID, Man of the Hour, and Brain of J… Jesus, they got a lot of songs…

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Monster in Flushing

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The aquarium is about 2 feet tall if that helps. No, really, that crab was HUGE! Huge, I say!

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Fried Taro Puffs / Taro Dumplings

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The Zombies Next Door…

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