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How to use Time-lapse recording

Time-lapse record is only available in SketchBook for Mobile

If you are using SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below, your time-lapse recording interface will be different from SketchBook v.4.0 or above. For information on the version you have, see the sections below.

For SketchBook v.4.0 or above subscribers

Time-lapse recording captures a movie and saves it to your Photos. As you work, it captures frames only when you are drawing. Every 16 frames captured, gives you one second of footage.

1. Do one of the following:

If you’re on a handheld device, in the toolbar, tap Tools icon, then The Time-lapse icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook Time-lapse.

SketchBook for Mobile tools with Time-lapse record

If you’re on a tablet, in the toolbar, tap The Time-lapse icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook.

2. Tap the canvas and start sketching. All your brush stroke will be recorded.

3. When finished, do one of the following:

If you’re on a handheld device, select  Tools icon, then tap The Time-lapse icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook Time-lapse.

If you’re on a tablet, tap The Time-lapse icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook.

The follow window will appear.

The Time-lapse tool in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook

4. If you would like to continue recording the progress of your sketch, tap Continue. If you are finished recording, tap Save to Photo Library.

Where is my recording?

If you would like to share the recording, you can find it in your Photos (Photo Library).

For SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below subscribers

Not available to Free users

For Android users, this feature is only available on Android 4.3 or higherClick here for a description on Google Play. If you want to try time-lapse and don’t have a subscription, check out our trial.

Time-lapse recording captures a movie and saves it to your Photos. As you work, it captures frames only when you are drawing. Every 16 frames captured, gives you one second of footage.

Tap Tools icon, then Time-lapse record icon Time-lapse.

Time-lapse recording (Pro) interface

Time-lapse Controller

Use the controller to start a recording, pause it, add frames, and stop it.

Time-lapse Controller - inactive
Inactive

Time-lapse Controller - recording
Recording

To close it, tap x. To minimize it, tap OK.

Starting to record

When you start recording, the orientation of your movie is set by the orientation of your device. So, if you start drawing in portrait, your movie will be captured in portrait.

  1. Tap Start record icon to start recording. It changes to Pause icon.
  2. Start sketching. The Frame readout updates as your strokes are captured.

Pausing recording

When you pause a recording, everything you draw during this period appears at once to the view, when watching the recording. Use Pause icon Pause for times when something repetitive or unimportant needs to be done before continuing to the next point in the recording. It enables you to gloss over things and jump to the next key part of your recording.

  1. Tap Pause icon to pause recording.
  2. Tap it again to continue recording.

Adding frames

When recording, use Add Frame icon (Add Frame) to hold on the current frame for a set amount of time. Use this to hold on a view, so your viewers can study what’s on screen for longer.

  1. Tap Add Frame icon to add frames between segments.
  2. Select the length of the delay.Add frames to a recording in the mobile version of SketchBook
  3. Continue drawing.

Zooming in

As you draw, if you zoom in to do detailed work, the recording catches it. You may want to add frames to create a pause before you zoom.

Feedback

The controller provides feedback on the actual time recorded, so you can keep track of the length of your movie.

  • Actual Time displays the running time of your recording.
  • Frames displays the number of frames captured.

Actual Time and Frames are linked. For every 16 frames recorded, you’ve captured one second of footage.

Saving a movie

When finished recording, save your movie as a .mov (H.264 movie) file, with a resolution of 1024 x 768.

Tap Stop record icon to stop recording. A window appears enabling you to either save your recording to Photos or discard it.

Saving a movie in the mobile version of SketchBook

Importing and sharing (Pro)

Not available to Free users

There are a few different ways to import and share your movies. Their resolution is dependent upon the method used for this.

From your iPad, import or share movies to:

  • iMovie on your iPad – The resolution is preserved at 1024 x 768. You can then share to YouTube and choose a resolution.
  • iPhoto or iMovie on a computer – The resolution is preserved at 1024 x 768. You can then share to YouTube and choose a resolution.
  • YouTube or email directly from your Photos – The resolution is changed to 480 x 360.

Troubleshooting (Pro)

Not available to Free users

When using Time-lapse, if your device enters sleep mode or you leave the app, the captured session is ended and the movie is saved. You can bring any saved captures into a movie editing package to create a movie from them.

For iOS 6 users

If you find your movies are not being saved to your Photos, then do the following:

  1. Quit out of SketchBook.
  2. To ensure all your SketchBook files are saved in Photos, in your device’s settings, select:
    Settings > Privacy > Photos > SketchBook
  3. Turn SketchBook ON.

Updated on November 6, 2017

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