How to create a speed painting (time lapse video art) with your phone?

23 September, 2017


Lately, there is a question, that I’ve been asked quite a few time. So I decide that this time, I’ll turn the answer into a post. How can you create those speed painting videos that you see in Instagram with your smartphone?

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Videos are extremely popular on social media. People love to see how artists are painting. As an artist, it’s always nice to see how the others do it. As a fan you always want to know more. And thank to our smartphone, now is very easy to film on the go.


If you look at your Iphone into camera. On the left side of video, you have 2 other mode: slow motion and timelapse


Slowmotion: like specify the name it’s function it to film in slow motion. (the video will be slow , the voice and noise will also be altered)

Timelapse: it will film very fast (voice will no be recorded)

As for Samsung phone, according to their page you can do the time-lapse using the mode hyperlapse in the camera.

Speeding with apps

If you do not have the timelapse function, you can still do a speed video. You can use the app s:

Hyperlapse(ios )

Microsoft hyperlapse mobile for Android

inShot  (ios)

Time-lapse art with Ipad

The Ipad does a time lapse option but if what you want recording a speed painting , well drawing apps like Procreate or Clip studio paint do record while you draw, so you get speed painting videos.

Be aware that timelapse, like slow motion, consume a lot of  space and battery. So make sure to have your phone fully charged and with space when filming. There is nothing more annoying than running out memory or battery, when you are colouring that part that can’t be repeat…


If you are planning to draw  in Procreate, and then upload the drawing and video in Imovie. Here, an advice so you will avoid an headache! Create an horizontal documentin Procreate because Imovie will cut the photo. It won’t resize it. It will cut it. At the bottom and on top. Now, you know what I wish I knew before getting nut!



Here’s how to fix it


Oops, you read this post after drawing in Procreate and now that you know why it happened. You just want a solution. I can only help you for the picture.Turn your vertical image into an horizontal one:

  1. Open a new document (horizontal format)  in Procreate (photoshop…)
  2. Then import the image.
  3. Add a layer, put it under your image and create a background that will go well with the image (this step may be tricky depending on how simple/complex is your image)
  4. Saved it
  5. Import it in imovie.


As for the video, I’m afraid , I do not know the solution. Please let me know, if you figure it out!



Don’t forget: Create a landscape format, if you planning to use it in Imovie! I know I will , ? . Below, the video, that could perfectly sponsor that post, since it’s the reason behind this post,lol. Please subscribe to my video channel!

Nadine Mnemoi

I’m an commercial digital Illustrator and content strategy Consultant. Brand Illustration Expert at Yoostart.



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