Background Timelapse

Background Timelapse

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This app continuously captures camera images in the background for timelapse videos (see video link for a sample).

Delay between images is adjustable down to 1 second.
Normal phone operation can continue with minimal CPU load.

Note: images are saved on SD card in an intermediate format to minimize CPU load. Use "Convert All" to convert them to PNG (warning: may take some time).

This app is open-source under GPL. The source code is available at

I have a couple of additional features planned - please stay tuned :-)

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Recently changed in this version

- uses standard VGA resolution on all devices
- tested on Android 1.6, 2.1 and 2.2
- fixed a lot of leftover bugs

Screenshots Background Timelapse
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Comments and ratings for Background Timelapse
  • (38 stars)

    by 32davdi on 25/09/2013

    Do nothing, do not test it.

  • (38 stars)

    by Morgan Christiansson on 04/09/2013

    Works great but only captures 640x480 vga resolution to .yuv files. And then it requires a slow conversion to png, taking up extra space on sd card. File names are not timestamped. Not been updated for 3 years. Free and reliable though, and open source.

  • (38 stars)

    by A Google User on 30/07/2012

    Only took 45 images of my planned 2h lapse (2000ms interval), then stopped without any notice. Probably stopped working right after it was put into background when I turned the screen off. Totally useless bullshit! Android 4.0.4 on Sony Xperia S.

  • (38 stars)

    by Mark on 31/07/2011

    Works great for my purposes as a nighttime slug detector. Would prefer if it sucked the life out of the slugs rather than the battery.

  • (38 stars)

    by eugene on 05/04/2011

    Works ok as long as it's running on the screen. Although it says it's running it stops when it goes to the background. Droid.

  • (38 stars)

    by mcpaige on 02/04/2011

    It didn't make a movie.

  • (38 stars)

    by Andreas Doebler on 27/03/2011

    Converted pics are useless...