THE BEST Time Lapse

Building a Super Hornet

Building a Super Hornet

Watch the complex process of assembling an F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet, reduced to just about three minutes. Each $52 million dollar plane is almost entirely handbuilt at Boeing’s St. Louis plant, with robots handling only a small portion of the process.

Exhale

Exhale

Every summer, Jesse Attanasio gets to take a few weeks off work. Over the last couple of years he spent his vacation time by traveling across North America, capturing landscape time-lapses and “inhaling experiences” along the way. Available in 4K.

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Giant LEGO AT-AT Time-Lapse

Giant LEGO AT-AT Time-Lapse

The largest official LEGO AT-AT kit you can buy measures has about 1,100 pieces. Peter “Cavegod” Brookdale’s design uses over 6,000 bricks and is enormous. Charlie Goldberg of BrickVault acquired all the parts to replicate the giant walker, and recorded the build process.

Enlaps Time-Lapse Photo System

Enlaps Time-Lapse Photo System

Designed to simplify shooting time-lapse videos, the Enlaps Tikee sends images over Wi-Fi or 3G, combines still photos into videos, and recharges via solar power. It can shoot every 10 minutes for a week on battery, and uses dual Sony sensors to create a 220º field of view.

Comiket Crowd Control

Comiket Crowd Control

YouTuber munya munyaka captured this 10-hour time-lapse of the crowd at the 2011 Comic Market or Comiket, a convention in Tokyo for self-published fiction. As munya munyaka notes, the attendees’ discipline was a big help to the Comiket staff. Sunrise is at 1:25.

Extending a Cruise Ship

Extending a Cruise Ship

People put additions onto their houses all the time, but we never thought you could expand a cruise ship to add more space. Check out this fascinating time-lapse clip of a cruise ship as it was cut in twain, and stretched at the Blohm+Voss Shipyards back in 2008.

Building Big Trucks

Building Big Trucks

Liebherr walks us through the process of turning raw sheets of metal into its gargantuan, 600 ton 282 C Haul trucks at their facilities across Australia. The scale of these things doesn’t sink in until the semi shows up to transport the truck’s hopper.

Stormscapes 3

Stormscapes 3

(Flashing lights) Photographer Nicolaus Wegner graciously shares his latest compilation of time-lapse videos of storms in the US. It has everything: massive clouds, rainbows, lightning and much more. The song is Everything by Everyone Moves Away.

The World Is Round

The World Is Round

Photographer Darwinfish105 used special image stitching software to map his time-lapse images of Japan into spherical projections, creating a surreal look at the world around him, as if it were both inside and outside a crystal ball.

Building a New Jaguar E-Type

Building a New Jaguar E-Type

More than 50 years after its initial creation, Jaguar started building a handful of new E-Type sports cars with aluminum bodies. Watch the British automaker once again handcraft this beautiful car in this 5-minute video from inside Jaguar’s Coventry factory.

Amazing Photorealistic Portraits

Amazing Photorealistic Portraits

Artist Heather Rooney shows off her incredible talent for drawing photorealistic portraits using Caran d’Ache Luminance colored pencils. Her work is so good that some of her subjects look better than they do in real life. Check out her YouTube channel for more.

Bridge-Building Machine

Bridge-Building Machine

If you ever wondered how they add sections to a bridge these days, check out this incredible time-lapse of an industrial bridge-building machine that can cantilever itself out between pillars, and then slide pre-fab sections into place as it crawls forward.

100 Years of Halloween Costumes

100 Years of Halloween Costumes

Mode recounts some of the many different costumes that have been worn by women celebrating Halloween since the early 1900s. The looks range from creepy, to weird, to funny, to sexy. Is it just us or does that first mask remind you of that movie Frank?

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Chasing Light: Switzerland

Chasing Light: Switzerland

Austin Mann shows us just how good smartphone cameras have gotten, with this impressive footage of the play between light and clouds in the Swiss Alps – shot entirely on an iPhone 6s Plus. We had no idea how much better the video stabilization was until now.

Timeless Dreams

Timeless Dreams

Julian Tryba edited the footage that he and his friend Mike Sutton took of the American Southwest into a mesmerizing layer-lapse, where parts of different time-lapse shots are merged into the same frame. The song is Kygo’s remix of M83’s Wait.

Imagination

Imagination

PermaGrin Films’ tribute to childhood is one of the most complex stop-motion/time-lapse videos ever. It was filmed over the course of one-and-a-half years and in various locations. We’re not fans of the Pure Imagination remix they used, but we can’t argue with the result.

The $4000, 10-Month Suit

The $4000, 10-Month Suit

(Gore) After making a sandwich from scratch, How to Make Everything spent nearly an entire year gathering plants, harassing and harming animals, weaving, knitting and more to make a suit. If you thought the sandwich was bad…

Peeling a Car

Peeling a Car

There’s something that’s immensely satisfying about watching how neatly and easily this Plasti Dip spray-on car coating peels off in big sheets when you want to change the color of your car on a whim. The process starts at 1:15, and took about 1/2 hour in real time.

The $1500, 6-Month Sandwich

The $1500, 6-Month Sandwich

YouTuber How to Make Everything spent half a year making a sandwich. Like really making one: he either grew or made the components from scratch or gathered them by hand. It was worth it. For us. Longer clips here.

To Scale: The Solar System

To Scale: The Solar System

Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh wanted to create an accurate scale model of our solar system, since it turns out existing models cheat to make things easier to visualize. The finished product required time, planning, seven miles of dry lake bed, and a mountain of creativity.

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Mindblowing Freehand Illustration

Mindblowing Freehand Illustration

Time-lapse footage of artist Kim Jung Gi (NSFW link) as he creates an intricate wall-sized illustration. The level of detail he achieves with no visual frame of reference is staggering. Every time you think he’s done, he adds more to the canvas. More on YouTube.

Caterpillar to Butterfly Time-Lapse

Caterpillar to Butterfly Time-Lapse

YouTuber FrontYardVideo captured a monarch butterfly’s metamorphosis from a larva, into a pupa and finally into an adult. It’s one of the animal kingdom’s most wonderful life cycles, perhaps second only to David Bowie’s.

Container Ship Time-Lapse

Container Ship Time-Lapse

This incredible 4K time-lapse by Toby Smith was taken aboard the Gunhilde Maersk, a large container ship, as it makes its way from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Ningbo, China. The visual spectacle that plays out before us more than makes up for the lack of sound.

Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon

Nature photographer Luke Taylor made this time-lapse video of last July’s second full moon from his hometown of Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. He shot this about 3 miles away from the lighthouse in the video. Music by Jessica Roemischer.

Seoul Day-to-Night Time-Lapse

Seoul Day-to-Night Time-Lapse

South Korea food blogger ROK On! Spent a total of three years shooting, traveling and editing for this amazing collection of day-to-night transitions from various rooftops and other high vantage points in Seoul.

Tiny Airport

Tiny Airport

There are tons of tilt-shifted, time-lapse videos out there, but the tiny toy effect is especially effective in this video by Darwinfish105, as he makes the airplanes and ground crews at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport look like living miniatures.

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