Background Timelapse

Background Timelapse


(3 stars)


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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

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Comments and ratings for Background Timelapse
  • (40 stars)

    by George Smart on 09/06/2014

    Stops taking images when backgrounded. Fails. Nexus 5, 4.4.2.

  • (40 stars)

    by 32davdi on 25/09/2013

    Do nothing, do not test it.

  • (40 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.