A time-lapse video consists of a series of pictures taken at regular intervals. It can help you capture dynamic processes and slow actions in accelerated videos. Below are the steps to set up a time-lapse via Reolink Client.

Applies to: All Reolink cameras except Reolink Lumus, Reolink Duo PoE, Reolink Duo WiFi, Reolink Duo(battery), Reolink Duo 4G, Reolink cameras with hardware version IPC_513/IPC_515/IPC_517, Reolink NVR.

Step 1. Launch the Reolink client, log in to the camera, and click the Time Lapse button.

Note: If you connect the cameras that support time-lapse to the NVR, the time-lapse function can not be used between the camera and NVR. If you cannot find Time Lapse in your client, please check if your client is the latest version and if your camera supports time-lapse.

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Step 2. Click Create Now and select a scene for time-lapse capture.

Note: Reolink battery-powered cameras don't support the Event/People/Traffic scene.



Step 3. Customize settings for the scene you choose.


  • Duration: from 1 minute to 830 days, or no limit.
  • Daily Capture Period: available when the duration is more than 1 day.
  • Interval: from 2 seconds to 6 hours for PoE or DC-powered cameras and from 10 seconds to 6 hours for battery cameras. There are recommended settings for your reference.
  • Quality: clear or fluent. Some cameras have a "balanced" option.
  • Format:  store the capture as a photo series or a compressed video. A camera can save max. 10000 photos per day when the time-lapse capture is to be stored as a photo series. If you want to enable the time-lapse for a long period, you are recommended to set a longer interval or store the capture as a video. 
  • Estimated video length & estimated file size: The captures will be stored on the SD card inserted into the camera. If the file size is so large that exceeds the available storage, you are recommended to set up a shorter capture duration, a longer capture interval, or a lower video quality. 

Note: You can enable the Overwrite Time-Lapse Files option to allow the camera to overwrite previous time-lapse files when storage is full.



Step 4. You can download and delete the time-laps files after generated.

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Step 5. Click the download button in the upper right corner to check the downloaded files.
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