You may have seen a couple of my tutorials on creating time-lapse movies using still images taken with a camera and with Lapse It, an app for smartphones. In this post, I provide a tutorial for those of you who have (or wish to) the popular action camera, GoPro Hero (I recommend watching their marketing trailer–it’s great).
In the tutorial, I show how to set up the camera, shoot, and then edit (with the free GoPro Studio application for Mac or PC) a time lapse film (select HD version in settings and full-screen for best viewing; if you cannot see the player window, here is the direct link to the video):
I found the GoPro Hero 3+ easy to use to capture a series of images for time lapse. Because it comes with a waterproof housing, the camera can be set up underwater, in the rain, or in other wet locations. You can shoot over long time periods without worrying about water damage due to a sudden rainstorm.
You do have to edit the images to create the final time-lapse film, but the GoPro Studio application makes this process pretty painless. As you saw, just import the images from the camera and within a few minutes, they are converted to a movie clip.
Tip: Note that the GoPro Hero 3+ can take up to 12 megapixel-size images, which are beautiful, but huge. If your time-lapse film will be shown on the internet, you don’t need such large images, which will result in a very large file when converted to a movie. Dial back to 7 or 5 megapixels.
I’ll be doing additional tutorials with the GoPro Hero 3+, so stay tuned.
Want to learn more techniques like this? If so, you may be interested in my ebook, The Scientist Videographer, which covers everything you need to know to produce an effective and professional video. Available in iTunes Store (fully interactive version for iPad, iPhone, & Mac), Smashwords (text version), and Amazon Kindle (text version).