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Create a Timelapse with Automate to Sequence in Premiere Pro

Jason Boone

Learn how to quickly create a timelapse video using the Automate to Sequence feature in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Top image via Shutterstock.

There are a variety of ways to create a timelapse video, but for this tutorial, I’ll be using still images. I have a sequence of 225 still images shot from the International Space Station that I downloaded from NASA’s website. I’m going to show you how to create a timelapse out of this sequence of photographs in four easy steps.

Let’s get started.

Step 1: Import and Organize

Video Tutorial: Create a Time-lapse with Automate to Sequence — Step 1

The first thing I need to do is import all of my photographs and get them organized in my project. To import, I can simply drag and drop or select File > Import. I like to create a graphics folder and then create an images or photos subfolder.

Step 2: Select Photos and Automate to Sequence

Video Tutorial: Create a Time-lapse with Automate to Sequence — Step 2

I need to choose which photos I want to use in my timelapse. I’ll go ahead and select all 225 photos I have in my project. To start the automation, click on the Automate to Sequence button on the bottom right of the Project Panel.

Step 3: Automation Settings

I’ll use the Automate to Sequence dialog box to customize my timelapse.

Video Tutorial: Create a Time-lapse with Automate to Sequence — Step 3


I’ll need to select the order of my photos in the video sequence. I can have Automate to Sequence place the photos in the order I selected them or how I currently have them sorted. I’ll choose Selection Order.

Placement and Method

With Placement, I can have my photos placed sequentially in my sequence or at markers. I’ll choose sequentially. I can also select whether I want an Insert or Overwrite method to edit my photos into the sequence. The editing method is really irrelevant for me since I have nothing else in my sequence.

Still Clip Duration

I can use the In/Out range of still images or choose my own duration. For my timelapse, I want a custom duration of 1 frame. I can easily test out different durations to find out which one looks the best.


I can apply video and audio transitions at default transition durations. As with other features, however, this is irrelevant for this timelapse.

Ignore Options

If I were using Automate to Sequence on standard video clips with audio, I could choose to leave out either audio or video when performing the automation.

Step 4: Review

Video Tutorial: Create a Time-lapse with Automate to Sequence — Step 4

For the last step I just want to watch my timelapse and see if I need to make any changes. If I want to speed up or slow down the timelapse, I can simply choose a different frame rate and Automate to Sequence again.

Do you know any timelapse video editing tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments.