Create AVI Movie File From JPEG Images

Do you have a large sequence of Jpeg images and would like to create a time-lapse movie out of them? Luckily, I have found a tool that does exactly this.

PhotoLapse is a free portable tool for Windows that can create a movie in avi format from large sequence of jpg images. All you have to do is to browse the directories where the images are located and add them to the list. Next, you can check/uncheck the images that you would like to include/not include in the video. You can also mark every 2nd, 3rd, or any number of frame, which makes it easier to include less images in the video, thus saving the total video size.

photolaspe adding jpg images to create avi video

Apart from the basic settings, you will find 3 additional options: Check for errors when loading, selecting the video FPS, and option to create a reverse movie.


photolaspe main screen

Once you are all done, hit Create Movie, and choose the location where you would like to save the video. To see the type of videos you can create with this tool, go here. It works on all versions of Windows.

While you are making a video from jpeg images, see how you can also convert a video into gif animation, extract frames from gif animation, and create animated gif from images. Enjoy!

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  • http://john-riley.net Alonzo Riley

    I’ve had a hard time figuring out which is the best codec to use. I had a folder with about 1200 640 x 480 jpg’s in it which was a total of 96.8 megs. Then I used the “uncompressed” option and it resulted in a video that was a minute and a half long (15 frames per second) that was 914 megabytes. That seems a bit excessive if the original data was about a tenth. Also, the colors were bizarre. Red was inverted with blue, it seemed. Fire was blue while the cool clouds were red. Weird. I guess I’ll try to work through the codecs, but there are like 10 different ones and most have multiple settings.

  • http://john-riley.net Alonzo Riley

    I have been having much better luck with the ffdshow video codec. My settings are this:

    In general:
    Encoder: Mpeg-4
    FourCC: xvid
    Mode: one pass – average bitrate
    Bitrate: 10000 (which is the highest)

    Everything else on the general tab is unchecked and everything else is default. This resulted in a very nice quality 40 meg file for a movie that is about a minute long at 24 frames per second.

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  • TesterGuy

    For my purposes I really want avis with just a monochrome image for so many seconds. I have 15 copies of the same image and I load them into the software. I click create movie. I choose Mpeg4 XVID. It asks me where to save the file and I choose Desktop (on windows 7). It then gives me the error message: “Could not open C:\Users…\Desktop\TimeLapse.avi”. Any ideas on how to get this to work? Thanks very much.

  • mm

    Sorry but this software is unusable. Program reports not open output file! not run video compilation before the program will not restart and delete config file

  • Cednik5

    program worked pretty well, first try and I was suprised by the resoult. Used to creat avi video from jpg images. Used the codec as Alonzo Riley suggested. Pretty good quality.

  • Video Production Massachusetts

    This program works well. To those wondering about output file, you must set the directory in the program, so it knows where to save to. That is where you will find your file. I made a nice slideshow today with it. If people didn’t know I loved cats before, they will now when I upload this to youtube!

  • akku

    Excellent program, Thanks ……. Alhamdulillah