I took timed photos over several days of work on a project last summer, and have about 5000 photos each ~4Mb.

I want to create a time-lapse video from this and I'm not sure the best way. I already imported them into the Photo app from my SD card and tried adding the album contents to an iMovie project, but it is very slow and I don't want to have to do too much trial and error if each action takes several minutes!

There are many photos - normally in periods of several hours - I don't want included. Should these be cut from the resultant video, or not included to start with? Which interface is easier to work with?

So far I tried to import all photos into iMovie, then did select-all and add to movie. I tried this with my 20Gb of photos and after about 20min it gave up "not enough disk space" then my computer froze until I could eventually force-kill iMovie! Clearly not very good. I also determined the minimum time I can set to each photo is 0.1s. So no 30fps video possible.

I wondered if I should batch-resize all the photos separately since they are 12MP and that's way more than needed for HD (about 1MP). I'd thought maybe iMovie might do this automatically but possibly not.

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    Your last paragraph needs some clarification: I don't want so should these be cut from the resultant video, or not included to start with? – IconDaemon Feb 18 at 15:58
  • osxdaily.com/2012/09/06/8-tricks-mac-os-x-full-screen-slideshow basically, select a group of photos. press option space bar. wait for the slideshow. – historystamp Feb 19 at 0:54
  • @historystamp I want multiple photos per second as a smooth video I can export as MP4/whatever - not a slidewhow – Mr. Boy Feb 19 at 18:42
  • 1. Yes reduce all the photos to proper size before importing into movie software (Photoshop batch or other app). 2. Yes delete any you don't want ahead of time so they are not imported. 3. Look into Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere, or After Effects. – Chris Paveglio Feb 19 at 19:52

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