How Do I Use Time Lapse Video?

What are you trying to do?

Capture Time Lapse Video footage.

Where does it apply?

  • HERO7 Black
  • HERO (2018)
  • HERO6 Black
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO5 Session
  • HERO4 cameras

How to do it

Time Lapse Video lets your camera record video frames at set time intervals, creating a time lapse movie without the need for you to stitch all of the photos together! Once recording is stopped the camera will automatically compile the frames into a cohesive video clip that you can playback in the GoPro App, on your camera’s touchscreen or LCD BacPac, and on your TV or computer. 

Capturing your Time Lapse Video footage: 

  1. Press the top SHUTTER button to begin recording.
  2. The camera’s red LEDs will blink to indicate that the camera is capturing footage, and the time counter on the camera’s display will show the amount of Time Lapse Video footage captured.
  3. Press the top SHUTTER button again to stop your recording.

How to access Time Lapse Video settings

Time Lapse Video settings are found and selected differently depending on your camera model. If you are having troubling finding these options on your own, please check out the product manual which describes the process.
  1. Your SD card will not store individual image files (as it does in normal Time Lapse mode), but rather a single MP4 video file played back at a frame rate of 30 frames per second (FPS). 
  2. Your interval setting will govern how long it takes to capture one second of resulting video footage. The camera needs to capture 30 frames (remember, the video will play at 30 FPS) so that it can stitch together one second of video footage. For example:
    • If set to the 0.5 second interval option (one frame captured every half-second), you will need to record for at least 15 seconds to result in one second of Time Lapse Video footage (played back at 30 FPS).
    • If the interval is set to 60 seconds (one frame capture every minute), the camera will need to be recording for at least 30 minutes in order to have one second of Time Lapse Video Footage.
  3. When recording Time Lapse Video, the time displayed on the camera’s LCD screen(s) reflects the amount of captured video footage; not the time that has passed since you initiated the recording (elapsed time) as it does with all other video modes. This means that when you initially start recording, “00:01” can remain on the screen for any where from 15 seconds (in the 0.5 interval setting) all the way up to 30 minutes (with a 60 second interval).
  4. Allow the camera to record for a few more intervals than you think—this will give you more freedom if you opt to edit or trim the footage.
  5. When viewing the HERO4 Silver or the HERO4 Black (with the LCD Touch BacPac), you may notice that the video preview populated while recording is choppy. This is expected; the camera is working to capture time lapse footage, and as such, will populate the previewed image in increments. Your final Time Lapse Video clip will playback at a smooth 30 FPS. 
  6. When using Time Lapse Video, your camera’s battery runtime will be similar to recording Video in the same resolution. 

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