Timelapse2 : Download and Installation

Instructions for downloading and installing the Timelapse2 software and an example Image Folder.

We provide everything in a zip file. This avoids installation problems that often occur on institutional machines that are 'locked down' for security reasons. You just need to download the zip file and uncompress it. We include:

  • Timelapse 2
  • Timelapse Template Editor

A separate User Guide and example Image Folder containing images and a template matching what is illustrated in the tutorial manual can be found on the Tutorial Manual page

Required Download:
The Timelapse Software

  1. Download the zip file
  2. Open the zip file (e.g.,, by double clicking it) and extract the Timelapse2 folder to a place of your choosing (e.g., your Desktop or your My Documents folder).
  3. Open the Timelapse2 folder, which contains the two applications below as well as various other files needed by that software.
    • Timelapse2.exe
    • TimelapseTemplateEditor.exe
  4. Important: Leave the Timelapse executables in that folder! It needs the files in there to work properly. Start either program from that folder.
    • Recommended: Alternately, create shortcuts to those programs and put them in a place of your choosing (e.g., your desktop). You should now be able to run the software by double-clicking its icon or shortcut.
  • Note: When you run the Timelapse2 or the TimelapseTemplateEditor, they automatically check for updates and tells you if one is available.
  • Windows Security: Whenever you download a new version of Timelapse and run it for the first time, Windows may display the following security warning. You need to over-ride it by selecting More Info, which will then show the option: Run Anyways. Select that.



Recommended Download:
The Timelapse Tutorial User Manual

Download the Tutorial Manual and Example Image Folder. The tutorial guide provides step by step instructions. You can follow the guide as you read it by using the example image folder, which contains images, videos and a template matching what is illustrated in the tutorial guide. We highly recommend you go through it.



Troubleshooting Potential Problems Running the Timelapse software

If the software crashes immediately on startup, or displays an error message saying the .Net framework is missing: Timelapse requires the Windows .Net Framework 4.5. While most up-to-date versions of Windows will already include this, it may be missing from older versions of Windows. If this is the case, install the

Note that if you have a 'locked down' institutional machine, you may have to get your system administrator to do it for you.



Utility Programs - Optional Downloads

UpdateCSVFile

This utility program will let you update a CSV comma-separated values (spreadsheet) file to help make it compatible with what Timelapse expects when importing a CSV file. You can only use it to alter column header names, to trim file name paths, and to split a file path to the expected File and RelativePath values. See the User Manual, Section 11 for details on how to use it and what it does.

File Renamer

If you need to rename your image files so they can be read in sequence, you can try this software (which I didn't develop).

  • Renamer, developed by Denis Kozlov, allows you to rename files. However, I haven't used it myself.

Synchronize Extracted Image Dates To Video

This utility corrects dates on images extracted from video files. For example, one user used a reconyx camera to record videos, and then used a 3rd party software system to extract the frames from those videos as JPG images to be read into Timelapse. The problem is that image extraction sets the date to the time of extraction, rather than preserve the date recorded in the video. This utility lets you correct that. As input, it expects a folder where the extracted image names are the .avi video file name plus numbered suffixes, e.g., Recn003.avi, Recn003-01.jpg, Recn003-02.jpg, .... . You can also add a specific amount of time to every image extracted to preserve the correct date/time and its order (e.g., if you extracted an image every .5 seconds into the video). Note that for this to work, the video's 'date modified' should be the date you want.

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