There are a lot of good time-lapse videos out there, but here is a personal selection of the finest ones that racked up millions of views and dozens of awards.
1. Urban Time-lapse
"Moscow 2011" by Zweizwei
"Minsk Dronelapse" by Zweizwei
A beautiful dronelapse video filmed in Zweizwei's native country with a Phantom 4 Pro+ drone.
"Miami Dronelapse" by Oliver Kmia
Shot over several months with a Phantom 3 Pro and a custom-made drone. I explained the technique in this article.
"Dubai Flow Motion"
No need to introduce Rob, the king of flow motion hyperlapse. He’s the best in this class and shoots all his videos with several Nikon cameras.
"Enter Pyongyang" by Rob Whitworth
"Enter Pyongyang" is another stunning collaboration between Rob Whitworth, flow-motion videographer, and JT Singh, city-diplomacy pioneer, who managed to get permission to film this project in the closed North Korean capital.
"Hello Tokyo" by Christoph Gelep
A beautiful blend of hyperlapse and slow motion videos.
"New York Timelapse" by Dimind
Dimid is another very skilled hyperlapse artist from Belarus, who captured the energy of New York city with a Canon 5D Mark III.
"The Lion City II - Majulah" by Keith Loutit
Loutit is another monument in the time-lapse world who always manages to "push the envelope" and produce impossible work, such as this video of Singapore featuring ultra-long time-lapse sequences of building construction.
"The City of Samba" by Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli
A miniature look at Rio de Janeiro captured with tilt-shift lenses and Nikon cameras. The song was designed by Jarbas Agnelli from Sao Paulo. This video made it to the Top 12 of Vimeo in 2012.
"Berlin Hyperlapse "by B-zOOmi
Creating a good hyperlapse video is very hard, but this German artist added another level of difficulty by zooming the lens between each shot in order to create insane transitions and vertigo effects (Dolly Zoom). B-zOOmi used a simple $500 APS-C Nikon D7000 to make this video.
"Los Angeles Hyperlapse" by Vadim Tereshchenko
A short and energy-packed hyperlapse video of Los Angeles perfectly synchronized with the song from Odesza.
"Paris Day & Night" by Teeter-Totter-Tam
There are hundreds of time-lapse videos of the City of Light, but this is one of the best.
2. Nature Timelapse
"Landscapes: Volume Two" by Dustin Farrell
A fascinating view of the beautiful landscapes of the western USA. The amount of work and dedication behind this video is extreme.
"Monsoon II" by Mike Olbinski
This Arizona-based artist is well known in the time-lapse storm chasing community. Each video represents weeks of travel driving thousands of miles after the most extreme weather phenomena in western USA.
"Safari South Africa" by Tyler Fairbank
A refreshing time-lapse centered around the wildlife of South Africa. Lions, hyenas, leopards, giraffes, and zebras appear in the video.
"HyperZooming through Hallstatt" by Geoff Tompkinson
A smooth journey in the Hallstatt region with the unique HyperZoom technique.
"A Taste of Austria" by FilmSpektakel
Another beautiful view of Austria from the snowy peaks of the Alps to the neighborhoods of Vienna.
"Yosemite HD "by Project Yosemite
"Awaken Trailer" by Tom Lowe
"Awaken" is a feature documentary film from Director Tom Lowe exploring humanity's relationship with technology and the natural world. It's a celebration of the spirit of life, an exploration of the Earth, and an ode to the Cosmos.
"Earthlapse" by Oliver Kmia
The time-lapse taken by the astronauts onboard the International Space Station and was mostly shot with Nikon D3S with a few shots with Nikon D2x and D4. Images courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center.
I hoped you enjoyed the ride. Unfortunately, this is a very subjective and incomplete selection. If your favorite time-lapse video didn't make it in that list, please, share it in the comments.