X-Plane 11 – How to Create a Time-Lapse Video

Ever wondered how to create a time-lapse in X-Plane 11? Wonder no more, as this guide will flash before you’re eyes.

How to Create a Time-Lapse Video

Let’s admit it: Time-lapse videos are pretty fun. Especially if they involve X-Plane and some dodgy programming. But how do you create a Time-Lapse in X-Plane 11, WITHOUT any extra software? Well, fellow pilots, this guide will fly by as you read it, because it’s simple!

  • First of all, go ahead and start up X-Plane 11.
  • Turn AI traffic on, or do whatever you want to do with your time-lapse. Adjust the lighting, configure the weather and position your view in an appropriate place.
  • Next, click on File, and then Configure Video Settings. 

  • Adjust the settings for the video you intend making. In this case, I’ve selected some high settings.

A frame rate of 60 will give smoothest results, which is what I record at usually. Lowering this to 24 gives the effect seen in films.


Upon clicking the time lapse button, a slider will appear. The time multiplier dictates how fast your video will play back. Set this to 100 if you’d like to simulate a day at the airport, or something like 25 for shorter time-frames.

  • Then record by hitting Ctrl + Space, or from File. 

Hint: Recording a time-lapse, as in real life, will not speed things up. You can’t attend and record an entire football match in five minutes, right? Same thing for X-Plane 11. The reason for this is because if the sim went any faster, then you’d effectively need to multiply the speed of your CPU by however many times your time-lapse is, as X-Plane 11 will need to calculate the whole sim much quicker.

And with a bit of creativity and a free evening, you can modify your time-lapse to create funny and entertaining videos. The video below took me a few hours to make, and the end results are very satisfying… I hope you have many fun hours using X-Plane 11, and as always…

Volodymyr Azimoff
About Volodymyr Azimoff 13558 Articles
I love games and I live games. Video games are my passion, my hobby and my job. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices. My first official job in the game industry started back in 2005, and I'm still doing what I love to do.

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