Teaching staff guide: Time lapse

Please note: some resources are only available to Northern Sydney TAFE teachers.

Brinno makes time lapse easy

What does a time lapse camera do? Why use one?

Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. This small and portable device can be positioned in a variety of places to capture unique views. The camera is easily used from an app on a smartphone or manually via the device. The video is captured on an SD card in the camera and when transferred to a computer is an AVI video file. There is no audio captured in the recording. Educational uses include:

  • Capturing and showing the construction of buildings or demonstrations involving a lengthy amount of time

  • Movement of people or cars over a period of time

  • Science demonstrations such as stages of a plant life

  • Event set-up and disassemble

Setting up

Look through the manual and check the requirements

Consider the WH&S risks and complete the WH&S assessment form

Read the Getting authority to publish guide and print off the authority to publish forms for groups or individuals

Print out the recording poster and display it prominently in the area where you are filming

Book the time lapse camera at your campus library

Northern Sydney has 5 Brinno TLC120 time lapse cameras available for teaching loan use. These units are located at  Ryde and  St Leonards  but can be borrowed by all NS teaching staff.

You will need your own smartphone or tablet to download the app, however the camera will still operate without a smart phone/tablet.

Contact your local NS Library to organise a booking.

Please note the conditions of borrowing:

Contact campus libraries to book the Timelapse camera:

  • Hornsby 9472 1258
  • Ryde 9448 6326
  • St Leonards 9942 0918

Timelapse: Floristry archway, Ryde TAFE