Fake true time lapse effect?

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I have a video of painting. I want to be able to edit the video in camtasia to create a time lapse effect (instead of recording a true time lapse, which is just a series of thousands of photos). I feel like the video would give me more freedom to slow down and show some real time when necessary.

I found a TechSmith video on YouTube called "How to create a time lapse" but it has you just change the clip speed to 400% or so, to create a fast forward effect. But it doesn't look like time lapse - You can still see the person's hand zooming around the screen, which is very distracting and not the relaxing stop motion of a time lapse.

Does anyone have a method for creating an effect that looks more like time lapse?

I did figure out I can speed up clip speed to 5.00x then when I export the video set the frame rate to 15fps and that looks closer. But I have concerns about if I try to mix timelapse and real time elements in one video, also audio. Do I have to create one export for my timelapse, export with a low fps, then import that video into a new project?
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you could use saved frames to make a collection of "photos" from your video, then use those on the timeline; if you can set their duration enough, you could also use a [fade?] transition between each one to give you a smooth effect
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I found a Vimeo that describes a way to do this. Maybe it will help?


Cheers... Rick :)
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Now to find something for the PC world that does the same thing.

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Adobe Premiere Elements is the best all around video editor I'm aware of that can Import and Export "Create" Image sequences.
Most video editing program cannot.

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Awesome, thank you!
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On the subject of time lapse, this might be a silly question but I'm trying to calculate the corresponding true time of my time lapse scene. The scene was also increased by 50 percent of the normal play time after the video was created. Is it possible to calculate an accurate time?