How to Make a Time-Lapse Video for the Holidays

November 21st, 2017 by

University Mitsubishi Time Lapse Video

So, going for a long drive over the holidays and want to test out your new GoPro? Time-lapse videos are a pretty cool way to capture a road trip and even share it with others. GoPro also makes recording them easy. And once you learn how to make a time-lapse video, bigger and better ideas for the next video will seem even easier.

Methods for Shooting a Timelapse Video

There are two main ways one can shoot a timelapse video using a GoPro.

Interval Settings

When shooting a time-lapse video via the interval setting, it’s not really a video taking place. Instead, the GoPro camera takes a single photo at various intervals, such as one photo every second. Once the trip is finished, all of the photos can be uploaded into GoPro studio, and a time-lapse video will be compiled using the data and settings chosen. Depending on the interval, the film can seem a bit jumpy at times.

The GoPro Hero4 Silver (or Black) has a new special time lapse interval setting. Instead of figuring out the best interval for each photo to be taken and then uploading the files into GoPro studio, the new time lapse setting takes photos in 4K resolution and then when finished taking photos, the GoPro combines them into a video file in the device.

Shooting a Video

If looking to make a true time-lapse video, all one needs to do after setting up the camera is press “record” and leave the GoPro camera alone. This will allow for a complete video without missing or jumpy frames, like those that occur with interval settings. The drawback however is the camera is constantly recording, which means additional power and memory cards are a must. Following the recording, upload the files into GoPro studio and speed up the frame rate to get that time-lapse feel.

Time-Lapse Video Checklist

For this experiment, there are a few requirements one may wish to follow. Aside from the car, here’s a checklist.

– A fully charged GoPro with a formatted memory card. Depending on how long the trip is and the method of shooting the time-lapse, more than one memory card may be needed.

– Power. Every camera comes with a battery, but having multiple batteries on-hand will help if the GoPro loses its juice. If driving longer than a couple hours, having an extra battery or a power inverter for the car will come in handy.

– A leveled surface. Look for a camera mount to attach to the dashboard to prevent the camera from sliding around

– When recording from the dashboard, the windshield is prone to glare and allowing the sun to get in the eyes of the driver. If possible, get protection or a shade to keep the camera lens clear, or strategically place the GoPro so that glare won’t become a problem while recording.

– If using the interval setting, practice with a couple of different frequencies prior to making the timelapse video. Figure out what’s best for this project.

Pretty easy right? Good luck, and if you happen to record anything particularly exciting, share it with us on our University Mitsubishi Facebook page.

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