Slit-Scan Camera Photography made easy!

Free program to make timeline images, aka slit scan or streak images.
Bluebells by David.
Turntable still life using using this program.

Now you can use your DSLR or any other video or image sequence to create timeline images.

It seemed obvious to me that all you needed to do was take some video and then process it to create an image - searching the internet, I found nothing so I decided to write a program to do it.

I have written a utility that allows a movie or a series of images to be converted. You can control the slit position (any horizontal or vertical row on the frame) or the "slit" can scan the frame. There are some other helpful controls. The image is generated dynamically on the screen and saved as an image file. It should work in Windows, Apple and Linux.

It does not matter what frame size your video uses. To get the most resolution (pixels) it makes sense to use your camera sideways, "portrait" orientation so you can get 1920px in "full HD". The other dimension is time so the frames per second (my camera allows 50fps, with reduced frame 1280 x 720) and length of video will determine the width. Some cameras allow more fps (Some fairly cheap ones go to 240fps at reduced frame width) and greater frame size and I hope Magic Lantern will allow greater video width, more to experiment with.

Using a sequence of still images as input can allow higher resolution, but then you will need relatively slow moving subjects.

My first attempt

Download Details: Click Here

I am pleased to say people have been using the software with great success

Website started: 28th November 2012. Last update 7th March 2016.

Martin Dixon

For more on slit-scan photography see:
Wikipedia Slit-scan
Wikipedia Photo_finish
Jay Mark Johnson Images from a very special camera.
Jay Mark Johnson
Bryan Mumford Inventor has made turntable and images. Apparently sells some gadgets to help make these.
Ted Kinsman Science images, some are trurntable type streak images.
SlitsP5 I have not tried this, but it seems to be an interesting Processing program with video output.


I have started a forum thread here at where we can discuss and improve the program and website, show our best images etc. is a great forum for photographers, I recomend signing up (free!).

Several people have reported good results and others have posted some great images.

Support the project!

I am not demanding money, you are free to use his slit scan program for free, but if you would like to support the project, I'd appreciate it - paypal to

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