I suspect that what you call falling meteors (on time-lapse videos) are actually jets. Airplane jets' contrails.
If you lie down on the ground in a dark area and watch meteors, you'll quickly find out that they're very, very short-lived, less than a second. They'd be one frame in a time-lapse video.
The best strategy, I've found, for watching meteors is, after getting away from light pollution, lie back, relax, and don't focus on any part of the sky, just take in the whole magnificent sky at once, and wait. They'll start to appear.