A heavily [[UnderCrank under-cranked]] shot, usually taking 1 picture per second or less. Popular subjects of time-lapse are clouds, the moon, sunlight shining through a window, or a growing flower.

May be part of a TimePassesMontage.


* The TropeMaker is ''Star Theatre'', aka ''Demolishing and Building Up the Star Theatre'', a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Theatre_(film) 1901 short film]] in which a camera was positioned across the street from said theater. The camera took one exposure every four minutes, eight hours a day, while the theater was demolished. In the finished film the footage is then reversed, so the theater is demolished, then reassembles itself.
* Used heavily in Godfrey Reggio's ''{{Koyaanisqatsi}}''.
* Often used on ''{{Transformers}}'' toy commercials when the actual figures' transformations are being demonstrated.
* It was used a few times in ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'' for plants growing.
** Time-lapse videos of plant growth are a favorite of documentaries -- as you can see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNjR4rVA8to here]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfDOMwFX5Hg&feature=related here]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt3XwCV3QSY here]][[note]]In the last case the audio has been changed but the footage is from a BBC documentary[[/note]].
* A lot of the stuff built in ''Series/MythBusters'' takes several days. Their time slot is around an hour. The announcer/narrator refers to it a few times as the editors' favorite trick (other than, perhaps, the [[{{Overcrank}} high-speed camera]]).
-->'''Adam:''' [[BreakingTheFourthWall We don't need a high-speed here, we need a time-lapse.]]\\
''[cut to time-lapse]''\\
'''[[TheNarrator Rob Lee]]:''' [[InteractiveNarrator Anything you say, Adam]].
* The time-lapsed clouds variant was used frequently to show the passage of time (as well as to hint an the alien setting) in the nineties sci-fi drama ''Series/{{Earth 2}}''.
* Used in-universe on an episode of ''{{Psych}}'' as a film student is recording the blooming of a rare plant. Shawn and Gus go through the frames to see if the camera captured a mummy escaping from a museum.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpfSEZLuWxY&feature=related The video]] for Music/OwlCity and Music/CarlyRaeJepsen's "Good Time" ... literally a day at the beach.
* A large portion of building projects in ''{{Minecraft}}'' are posted on YouTube as a time lapse.
* Introduced as a feature in an update for ''VideoGame/PrisonArchitect'' for recording the gradual construction of players' prisons.
* Used in the first cinematic of Hanako's route in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''.
* [[DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] used to have a presentation "If Disneyland was Built in a Day" which showed film documenting the original building in Time Lapse.
* ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' uses many time lapses of the sky and moon. Although the majority are used as a part of a TimePassesMontage.
* ''Disney/BigHero6'' has a time-lapse scene, with Hiro preparing his micro-bot demonstration with the help of Tadashi and his friends, showing several days progress in a matter of seconds.