Do you want to make a GoPro time lapse video? Confused about which settings you need? While it sounds complicated, it isn’t. In this post, I’ll cover the specific settings needed to create a quality time lapse video, including the shooting interval, image resolution, and playback rate.
I’ll also cover the specific gear and tips you’ll need to follow to make a great GoPro timelapse video.
The specific GoPro settings are based on what I used to shoot the Galapagos sunset time lapse video. The video is embedded at the end of the post.
Okay, now let’s get started:
GoPro Time Lapse Settings to Time-Lapse Video
- Decide on the shooting interval. This time-lapse was shot one image every two seconds. Remember that it’s easy to remove extra images, but they cannot be added if they weren’t shot. This shoot produced almost 700 images (4.12GB) over 35 minutes.
- Decide on image resolution. This set of images was shot at 10MP (3840px X 2880px). This was overkill and is rated as ultra-high-definition (2160p). For a standard high-definition video, you should shoot at 1080p (1920px X 1080px). This is around a 2MP image. Because you will sometimes want to crop the video, it is a good idea to shoot a slightly higher resolution (like 5MP) which gives you some room to crop and still finish with a high definition video.
- Decide on playback rate. I’ve found that 15 fps (frames per second) playback rate keeps things fluid without making them move too fast.
- Render and upload. Once you’ve organized your images and entered these settings, you are ready to render the video and then upload it on a video sharing site.
Create a GoPro Time Lapse Video of a Sunset (Settings)
This video details the specifics of what is explained above, along with explanation of the GoPro Studio software settings.
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5 Tips for GoPro Timelapse Video
- Use a solid (stable) tripod: There are lots of options (tripod, suction cup, etc.) but it is hard to beat the Joby Gorillapod. It is easy to setup and gives a death grip. If your camera moves, your time lapse is ruined.
- Use long-life batteries: The last thing you will want to worry about is your battery dying halfway through the shot. I like Wasabi brand. They last longer than the standard battery that comes with the GoPro. And they come with their own charger (both wall and car adapter).
- Use a huge memory card: Space is the other constraint. Shooting hundreds of images over a short period of time will quickly fill up your memory card. I like using a 32GB Class 10 microSD card – I haven’t been able to fill one in a day yet. Choosing the right image resolution will help ensure that it doesn’t fill up to quickly.
- Take time to frame it up: Even the most magnificent setting can look awful if you don’t take the time to frame it up. Follow the rule of thirds to shot a pleasing video.
- Avoid distracting elements: One of the major problems with time lapse videos are the close up elements – because they are distracting. As you will see in the tutorial video below, they can ruin the whole video.
Galapagos Sunset Time-lapse Video (GoPro)
And here is the finished product:
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So there you have it: the 4 GoPro time lapse settings needed to create a quality sunset video.
How do you create GoPro time lapse video? What settings do you use? Please share in the comments below.
If you have created a video, please share the link below. Thanks!
Bryan Haines is co-founder and blogger on ClickLikeThis. We cover action cameras and outdoor photography with a focus on GoPro cameras. He is a travel blogger at Storyteller.Travel and co-founder of Storyteller Media, a company he started with his wife, Dena.