How to create a Time Lapse with MxControlCenter


The objective of this post is to explain how to generate a Time Lapse using MxControlCenter. For this purpose we will use MxControlCenter x64 bit and a Q25 camera.


Step 1. Open MxControlCenter and select the camera from the Layouts list and then click on the Player icon.

Once in player mode the Player window turns from grey to blue and we can click on the Export icon and the Export List will open.

Step 2. In the Export List move the sliders and select the dates for the beginning and end of the time lapse

Step 3. Select Time lapse from the Export as drop-down menu and click Settings. A new window will open.

Step 4. In Export Format Settings configure the settings for the Time Lapse.

We will explain now the different parameters:

  • Fixed resolution: to set the resolution of the image to a fixed value which might be different than the resolution used for the recordings.
  • Use recording resolution: to use the same resolution as the recorded images. If you tick the Start new clip when resolution changes every time the recording changed resolution a new video will be created.
  • Fixed frame rate: This is the number of images per second. 25 is the frame-rate for PAL while you should select 30 for NTSC.
  • Only use event images: means that the images used will be only coming from events and not from continuous or history recording.
  • Minimum interval between frames: this is the time between images being used for the time lapse.
  • Container: this is the video container and file extension, it might be AVI (.avi) , MPEG-4 (.mp4) or Quicktime (*.mov).
  • Codec: video codec being used , it depends on the codecs installed on the system, in our case we selected DivX v3 MPEG-4 (Low -Motion)
  • And finally a selector for either Quality or Performance.

Step 5. Click OK to start the export of the Time Lapse.

Note 1: Depending on the length of the recordings and the settings applied this process can take a few minutes or hours.

Known Limitation: If MxFFS with Archive was used to store the recordings then MxControlCenter must access the recordings via camera. This means that the Exporting process may take a long time.