Wednesday 11 June 2014

GoPro - Canal trip timelapse

Well I purchased myself a new toy a couple of weeks ago a GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition. Naturally for an action camera like this I needed
to find a suitably hi octane activity to test it with. So I decided to take it on a narrow boat trip, now I do admit that at first glance this might not seem like a natural fit but I had a feeling that I could get some quite good time-lapses.

The way the GoPro does time lapses is by taking a series of stills images in jpeg format one after another at a user defined interval of between every 0.5 and 60 seconds.  These are then stitched together using software to create an avi file. This can take sometime, I would suggest its a leave it going whist you do something else kind of task.

The images that make up the clip below were shot with the camera clamped to the bow tee-stud at one frame per second. I then stitched them together using GoPro Studio although there are other options.  Hopefully I will get time soon to edit together some of the other shots I took on the trip.

A couple of things I have realised since doing this are that battery life seems to be the same regardless of if you are shooting a time lapse or live footage and secondly at HD a 32Gb Micro SD card does not last very long!

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