What Is TimeWarp Video?

What is TimeWarp?

TimeWarp is HyperSmooth applied to Time Lapse Video. It allows you to capture a stabilized Time Lapse Video while you move about a scene. This compares to a standard Time Lapse where you have to compile all the photos from Time Lapse Photo into a video.


How does TimeWarp work?

The camera analyzes the scene to apply HyperSmooth based off of your selected speed/camera detected movement (depending on camera model), processes the footage in the camera, and produces a TimeWarp video. As TimeWarp has evolved, improvements have been made with newer camera models. Check out the information below to see how TimeWarp works on your camera:

Camera Models:


HERO11/10/9 Black:

HERO11/10/9 Black has auto capture rate, 2x Slo-Mo, and audio recording during Reel Speed. The video below shows the features of TimeWarp in action.

Highlights of this video include:


To set the default Speed Ramp option to Real Speed (1x) or Half Speed (2x)

  1. From the idle screen, swipe left to right until you reach the [Time Lapse] shooting mode.
  2. Press the [Preset] icon.
  3. Touch the User-added image [Pencil] icon to the right of TimeWarp.
  4. Select [Speed Ramp].
  5. Choose either [Real Speed] or [Half Speed]. Half Speed is only available during 1440p and 1080p TimeWarp recordings.

User-added image

User-added image  
 

 

To choose to how the Mode Button works during TimeWarp recording:

  1. From the idle screen, swipe left to right until you reach the [Time Lapse] shooting mode.
  2. Press the [Preset] icon.
  3. Touch the User-added image [Pencil] icon to the right of TimeWarp.
  4. Scroll to the very bottom of the TimeWarp Preset and select the User-added image [Mode Button] option.


User-added image
 

  1. Choose how you want the User-added image [Mode Button] to function. While recording a TimeWarp video (in 1440/1080p), you have the option to change between [Real Speed] and [Half Speed] with the button on the bottom-right of the rear LCD. 


User-added image

 

HERO11 Black Mini:

You must be using Pro Controls to use TimeWarp. HERO11 Black Mini does not support Speed Ramp in TimeWarp.

 

Follow these steps to select TimeWarp and change TimeWarp settings in camera:

  1. Press the User-added image [Status Pair Button] one time to see [Video Settings].
  2. Press the User-added image [Shutter Button] one time to view [Mode].
  3. Press the [Status/Pair Button] until you see [TimeWarp].
  4. Press the [Shutter Button] to move to the next setting.
  5. Press the [Status/Pair Button] to cycle through the different options for that setting.
  6. Press the [Shutter Button] to move to the next setting.
  7. Repeat until you have all settings changed and are back to the [Capture Mode] screen.

Follow these steps to select TimeWarp and change TimeWarp settings in Quik:

  1. Pair your camera to Quik.
  2. Ensure you are using Pro Controls.
  3. Tap the [Capture Mode] at the bottom.
User-added image
  1. Tap [TimeWarp] and the camera will change to TimeWarp Capture Mode.
User-added image
  1. To change TimeWarp settings, tap the [Capture Mode] then tap the User-added image [Pencil Icon].
User-added image
User-added image
  1. Make any changes and then tap the [X] to return to the [Capture Mode].
User-added image
 

HERO8 Black:

HERO8 Black can automatically adjust the recording speed based on motion, scene detection, and lighting. You can slow down the effect to real time (via toggle icon on rear LCD) and then tap to speed it back up. 
 

Video Speed

SpeedRecording TimeVideo LengthExamples
2x1 minute30 secondsDriving through a scenic route
5x1 minute10 secondsDriving through a scenic route
10x5 minutes30 secondsHiking and exploring
15x5 minutes20 secondsRunning and mountain biking
30x5 minutes10 secondsRunning and mountain biking
Auto1-5 minutes10-30 secondsAll-around option
Heads Up: Recording times are approximate. The video length may vary depending on the movement in your shot.


Resolution and Digital Lens Options

ResolutionAspect RatioDigital Lens
4K16:9Wide
2.7K4:3Wide, Linear, Narrow
1440p4:3Wide, Linear, Narrow
1080p16:9Wide, Linear, Narrow


When recording, you can tap the [Real Time] icon and it will start recording 30fps video. The [Real Time] icon will turn blue. To stop Real Time, tap the blue [Real Time] icon and the camera will go back to TimeWarp. No audio will be recorded during Real Time.

User-added image

 

HERO7 Black:

The resulting TimeWarp video is based off the interval that you select.

Resolution/Aspect Ratios available with TimeWarp (select ratio in top right corner and resolutions will be made available): 

16:94:3
4K2.7K
10801440


TimeWarp Video Speed Information

Use this chart to estimate the length of your videos:
 
SpeedRecording TimeVideo Length
2x1 minute30 seconds
5x1 minute10 seconds
10x5 minutes30 seconds
15x5 minutes20 seconds
30x5 minutes10 seconds
Heads Up: Recording times and video lengths are approximate. Videos with a lot of movement may run a little longer.​


Which settings should you use for your specific activity?

Here are some things to think about:
  • How much stabilization is needed?
  • How long will you be engaged in the activity?
  • How long do you want the video to be?
  • 10x is the default setting as it will provide the best results for a broader set of use cases

Recommendations

 
SpeedExamples
2x-5xDriving through a scenic route
10xHiking and exploring
15-30xRunning and mountain biking


PRO TIPS:

  • For the best results, try speeds 10x and up when shooting footage that may get bumpy.
  • Higher speed will often provide better stabilization as there are more frames for TimeWarp to choose from
  • Zooming in can help with stabilization
 

MAX:

MAX has the ability to set the recording rate to Auto. With MAX (only available in HERO Mode). With the setting set to Auto, MAX will adjust the recording speed based on motion, scene detection, and lighting. You can even slow down the effect to Real Time (via toggle icon on rear LCD) and then tap to speed it back up. 


When shooting in 360, you will need to pick a recording speed. Below are some examples of settings you might want to use:

SpeedRecording TimeVideo LengthExamples
2x1 minute30 secondsDriving through a scenic route
5x1 minute10 secondsDriving through a scenic route
10x5 minutes30 secondsHiking and exploring
15x5 minutes20 secondsRunning and mountain biking
30x5 minutes10 secondsRunning and mountain biking

 

MAX TimeWarp Capture Type, Resolution and Digital Lens Options:

Capture TypeResolutionFPSSizeFormatBitrateSpeed Options
Spherical5.6k30/255376x2688H.265602x, 5x, 10x, 15x, 30x
HERO1440p30/251920x1440H.26430Auto, 2x, 5x, 10x, 15x, 30x
HERO1080p30/251920x1080H2.6430Auto, 2x, 5x, 10x, 15x, 30x

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