THE BEST Time Lapse

The Ground Beneath Me

The Ground Beneath Me

Once per day for the last year, Mark Cersosimo snapped a photo of the ground beneath his feet, then assembled the images into a personal travelogue of sorts. It’s a welcome departure from other photo of the day videos. It’s also a good look at his shoe collection.

At the Edge of the Solar Storm

At the Edge of the Solar Storm

AD Photography wows us with imagery of the skies over Denmark’s Ordrup Beach, as an array of bold colors emerge from the skies, going far beyond the hues we’ve seen from the Aurora Borealis before. It took hundreds of hours to capture, but the end result is worth it.

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Dissolving M&Ms

Dissolving M&Ms

Photographer Yan Liang and Beauty of Science show how something as simple as dropping M&Ms in water can produce art. Using a Sony a7R II camera, they captured this mesmerizing 4K time-lapse, which makes the colorful candies look like tiny planets going supernova.

Things Cut in Half

Things Cut in Half

Our new favorite timewasting YouTube channel Macro Room cut vegetables, shoes and other household objects in half, then kicked things up a notch with crispy close up shots and reverse time-lapses. Made with the help of the Adaptalux and Syrp Genie.

Rebuilding a Fiat 500 Engine

Rebuilding a Fiat 500 Engine

A fun time-lapse video for gearheads, as the lovely Giovanna Parascandolo takes a fully disassembled engine from a 1967 Fiat 500 F and reassembles it. She says it took her about two full days to complete the task, but it’s been digested down to just under 4 minutes.

Planet Earth II: Fungi Time-lapse

Planet Earth II: Fungi Time-lapse

BBC One’s Planet Earth II presents incredible macro and time-lapse footage of strange looking fungi as it blossoms from the ground at night. The sequence is part of the Jungles episode and was shot by Steve Axford. We can’t wait until the series makes its way to the US.

Pano LA

Pano LA

A couple of years ago, a client asked photographer Joe Capra for panoramic time-lapse shots of LA. The project eventually fell through, but Joe loved his initial shots. So he kept on shooting. For 2 years. The bigger the screen you have to watch on, the better.

Building a LEGO Death Star

Building a LEGO Death Star

A wonderfully satisfying stop-motion time-lapse of the construction of the 4,016 piece LEGO Death Star, captured by Bart van Dijk. We love the way he morphed each frame of the build, so the bricks don’t just pop in, and instead emerge smoothly.

Carving Pencil Tip Sculptures

Carving Pencil Tip Sculptures

Artist Salavat Fidai (Салават Фидаи) creates incredibly detailed sculptures using the sharpened pencil leads as his medium. Among his many miniature creations are Wall-E, the Statue of Liberty, a prancing horse, a Big Ben, a violin, and the world’s smallest elephant.

Running the Seasons

Running the Seasons

While preparing for a marathon in Montana, runner Jeff Dougherty captured nearly 100,000 photos of his 5-mile daily loop, then combined them into this cool hyperlapse, which morphs between sunny spring and summer days, wintry afternoons, and the browns and oranges of fall.

Building Train Cars

Building Train Cars

Time-lapse footage from the Bombardier Carriage Works in Derby, England, where workers have built train cars since 1839. It’s amazing to see these machines birthed out of what seems like thin air. These modern cars are for the UK’s Elizabeth line.

Burning Man 2016 Hyperlapse

Burning Man 2016 Hyperlapse

Filmmaker Mark Day captured this vibrant footage of the crazy contraptions, sculptures, and art installations which turned up at this year’s gathering in Black Rock City, Nevada. We can only imagine it would be even cooler on shrooms.

Wolf Carving Time-Lapse

Wolf Carving Time-Lapse

Watch an ordinary block of wood carved into an intricate sculpture of a howling wolf by artist WieselRobot. If you’re wondering about the smaller wolf in the background, he also hand-sculpted that from clay.

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One Year on Earth

One Year on Earth

NASA used the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), to capture images of our planet over the course of a year – once every 2 hours at a distance of 1 million miles – then assembled them into a time-lapse. Scientist Jay Herman narrates and explains their mission.

Making a Maple Cloud Bowl

Making a Maple Cloud Bowl

Frank Howarth is back with another awesome build – this time, he’s created a wonderful turned bowl using walnut and maple, with CNC cloud-shaped forms set into the sides. The stop-motion and orbiting time-lapse of the build is just the icing on the cake. (Thanks Victor!)

Colors of New York

Colors of New York

(Flashing images) Vimeo member jansoli’s overwhelming hyperlapse video is the visual translation of “The City That Never Sleeps,” showing off the vibrant colors and movement of New York City.

Caterpillar Processional

Caterpillar Processional

Stargazer Pictures recently spotted a long line of caterpillars crossing their path in Perth, Australia, each dutifully following the fuzzy larvae leading the way. This time-lapse footage speeds things up a bit for our enjoyment.

Alaskan Skies 360º Time-Lapses

Alaskan Skies 360º Time-Lapses

Photographer William Briscoe shoots stunning 360-degree VR time-lapse videos of the Milky Way, Aurora Borealis and epic sunsets in the skies over Alaska. The colors and motion are spectacular, but we wish that today’s tech could capture the kind of detail a non-VR clip could.

Kosovo Kaleidoscope

Kosovo Kaleidoscope

Joerg Daiber’s wonderfully lighthearted time-lapse, tilt-shift look at the state of Kosovo. While most of what us Westerners hear of the territory are stories of war and conflict, this Little Big World clip will make you want to take a vacation there.

Swimming Pool Time-lapse

Swimming Pool Time-lapse

An awesome time-lapse video of the installation of the swimming pool that was installed in Omaha, NE for the U.S. Olympic Trials back in 2012. This isn’t what we usually think of when somebody mentions an “above-ground pool.”

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1 Million Dots

1 Million Dots

Artist David Bayo demonstrates his painstaking process, as he creates a beautifully shaded portrait using his Rotring Rapidograph pen to place a seemingly endless flow of tiny dots. We’re not sure he actually counted to a million, but it’s amazing nonetheless.

Storm Glass Time-Lapse

Storm Glass Time-Lapse

A storm glass is a contraption which was invented in the 18th century as a (not very effective) weather forecast device. As NightHawkInLight demonstrates, when its crystal-growing action is sped up, it looks like a self-operating snow globe. DIY video here.

You Would Not Believe Me

You Would Not Believe Me

A rock paper scissors bet starts a hand’s journey all over the world in this fun three-year time-lapse, which serves as the music video for You Would Not Believe Me, a song from alternative band People the Kangaroo.

Phased: LA

Phased: LA

Joe Capra of Scientifantastic shot this time-lapse of Los Angeles using a 100 megapixel Phase One XF IQ3 camera. Rather than rendering the video at a resolution none of us could view, he used the 12K footage to produce some slick post-production zoom effects.

Patience

Patience

Photographer Paul Richardson combined moments from his numerous time-lapse projects to create this awesome highlight reel of some of his best work. Despite being just over 2 minutes long, the footage seen here is the result of countless days of painstaking effort.

DIY Utility Cart

DIY Utility Cart

Add to this to your playlist of satisfying videos. YouTuber Dustin Penner brings out his fancy tools to make a humble cart based on the work of artist Tom Sachs. It probably takes him half a day, two clamps and three CNC machines to sharpen his pencils.

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