Making a time lapse from images in Final Cut is pretty easy but be warned, working with lots of images can be taxing on your computer and you’ll get to spend lots of time watching it trying to process.
1. Import your Images
Click File > Import > Media.
In the Media Importer navigate to where your images are stored. Select the folder and press Import Selected.
Importing may take a while depending on how many pictures you’re trying to import.
2. Change the Duration of the Images
Press cmd+a to select all the clips.
Press cmd+w to copy all of the clips to the timeline.
If your clips aren’t already selected in the timeline click anywhere in the timeline then press cmd+a to select them all.
Click on the digital clock at the bottom of the video preview window.
Type 1 and press enter.
You’ll probably need to wait a while for the clips to be shortened.
3. Creating a Compound Clip
Press option+g to create a compound clip.
Again, this will probably take a while. Once your compound clip is created all the clips that were selected in the timeline will turn into a single clip and that clip will also appear in the media browser.
4. Make Adjustments
Now’s a great time to make any adjustments to your clip.
5. Retime Your Clip
Click on the clock icon at the bottom of the video preview window.
To speed up the clip click fast and choose an option from the menu.
You can adjust the timings more by clicking on the speed bar at the top of the clip.