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How to Create a GoPro Tide Time Lapse Video (Bay of Fundy)

In this post, you’ll learn how to create a GoPro tide time lapse video.

GoPro Tide Time Lapse

A few weeks ago, we happened upon low tide in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

The small basin in front of Waterfront Park was completely empty. It looked like a giant, empty mud puddle.

We set up the GoPro and started shooting. Over the next 80 minutes, the basin completely filled with the tidal waters of the Bay of Fundy.

In the following video, I explain the whole process. Below the video, I share all the specs and settings used in this shoot.

How To Create a GoPro Tide Time Lapse Video

How I Created This GoPro Tide Time Lapse

I setup the camera on the UltraPod mount. It is stable and low to the ground.

As you can see in the following images, I have the camera in an open (non-waterproof) mount. With this mount, I can connect an external power source. I did this because the battery wasn’t 100% – and I didn’t know how long it would take to fill the basin.

In the end, it didn’t matter. My Wasabi battery lasted the full 81 minutes and still had charge left.

gopro tide timelapse mount

gopro timelapse mount

Settings Used to Create the GoPro Tide Time Lapse

  1. Camera settings: 1 image every 2 seconds (30 images / minute) at 7MP resolution.
  2. Total shoot time: 81 minutes. Total of 2430 still images.
  3. Location: Reservoir Park, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Shot in front of the gazebo.
  4. Gear Used: GoPro Hero4 Black camera, Pedco UltraPod II tripod, Wasabi battery.
  5. To render the video, I used GoPro Studio. In GoPro Studio, I rendered the video at 2 speeds. The fast speed was rendered at 150 frames per second (fps) and the slower speed at 60 fps.

Final Product: Bay of Fundy Tides 

What I Learned From This Shoot

Overall, I’m happy with the final product. Here’s what I learned from this time lapse shoot:

  1. I can reduce the time lapse interval for shooting slow moving clouds and water. For my next shoot, I’ll use 5 frames per second.
  2. I think it would have been more dramatic to mount the camera higher and angled down. The camera was setup just a couple of meters above high-water mark, making the water appear to be almost on the same level. If I had mounted it higher, I could have cut out more sky and shown the dramatic rise in water level.
  3. The music I chose was too short. At 0:59 in the final video, the music stopped and then restarted. It felt like the video must be over, but it had another 13 seconds to go. I should have either chose the correct length or blended the two clips together better. (Update Nov. 12, 2015: To fix the weird music edit, I just replaced my audio track with one on YouTube – without having to render and upload a new video. Such a time saver!)

To give some context to the shoot, here are a couple images from the park in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

reservoir park wolfville

View to the right of our shoot location

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View to the left of where the time lapse was shot

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Don Capko

Friday 13th of April 2018

I am having a hard time finding some information. I was wondering if the GoPro was able to soot 1 single pic every 4 to 6 hours. I need to monitor water level on a construction site. I would like too be able to set it and come back in a week or longer. Is this possible?

Julia Cochrane

Friday 29th of April 2016

Just one thing: that's Waterfront Park, not Reservoir Park. Nice video, though.

Bryan Haines

Friday 29th of April 2016

Whoops! Thanks for the correction. I've fixed the post.

Wolfville Tide Time Lapse at Waterfront Park | East Coast Travellers (Canada)

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

[…] Last fall, we explored Wolfville (Nova Scotia) on foot. When we arrived at the little picnic park, the tide was completely out. I quickly set-up my camera and begin filming a time lapse. […]

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