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🎬 Native macOS app for recording timelapse videos of your desktop.
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...a little macOS app that records your screen to make a timelapse.

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  • Simple
  • Open Source
  • Low memory and CPU usage
  • Follows the cursor across screens while recording

Getting started

  1. Make sure that you have ffmpeg installed (e.g. run brew install ffmpeg).
  2. Download timelapse
  3. Unzip and start the app. If you get a warning about the app being unsigned, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy and allow the app to run.
  4. A new icon appears in your menubar; start and stop the screen recording from there. A demonstration of starting and stopping a recording from the menubar

timelapse will create a video for you in your Movies folder.


If you like to help improve this app, make sure you have at least Python 3.6 installed. First, install the project's dependencies:

make install

Now make changes and run the main application from the commandline:

make run


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