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Any way to grab images remotely?

I'm a Java programmer and bought a Hero 5 Black on the assumption that there would be some kind of support for remotely accessing the camera.   I'm trying to use it for remote time-lapse photography.   

 

Unfortunately it seems like the only way to do it would be to let the camera record the images internally, then use the "Quik" app to download all the images at once, then transfer the images to another location for processing.

 

Is there any API or even any documentation on how to grab images off the camera remotely, either over a USB connection or over the WiFi connection?    I can do this with a $50 cheapie camera, but I was really looking forward to the Hero's 4K resolution.   It seems very strange that this hasn't been addressed by GoPro.


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Explorer
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Re: Any way to grab images remotely?


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GoPro
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Re: Any way to grab images remotely?

 

Hi @superrange25742

 

You can grab a photo from a video via the GoPro app, however this option is available after the recording.

 

To grab a still frame from a video follow these simple steps here below:

  1. Tap the Media Library icon in the bottom right hand corner of the app
  2. Select the video you want
  3. Click on the Photo Icon next to the Scissors icon on the bottom of the app
  4. Scrub through frame-by-frame to the image that you'd like to share
  5. Select "Next" in the upper right hand corner
  6. Select where you'd like to share it to, and you're all set!

 

 

Thanks!

Ej

Tourist
Posts: 187

Re: Any way to grab images remotely?

You can use the app on your phone to connect to the camera and download either the entire sequence or the individual photos.  You can't do this whilst it's taking a sequence so you will have to stop the time lapse to download.

 

As far as I know most camera companies don't publish the api to their cameras to the public so I don't think that it would be safe to assume that any camera has a publicly available API.  I don't think there's anywhere where Gopro said they would publish the API to the 5/6/7.  The Hero 4 did have some hackers developing hacks but that wasn't supported by Gopro.

Tourist
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Re: Any way to grab images remotely?

Hi, I was really hoping for something more automated.  I'm looking at several weeks of 24/7 time lapse footage - it doesn't sound like the Hero can do that, which is a shame.  

Tourist
Posts: 187

Re: Any way to grab images remotely?

You're planning on letting it take photos for several weeks continuously?

 

Perhaps you should look for a camera that was designed to perform in the way you need and that advertised this capability.  Action cameras aren't designed to work like this.  They're designed to work like action cameras.

Tourist
Posts: 187

Re: Any way to grab images remotely?

You could also look at the Action Camera Toolbox to see if you can use that to achieve what you want

https://www.tequnique.com/act

 

or the Hero 5 toolbox

https://www.tequnique.com/goprohero5toolbox

 

Nomad
Posts: 126

Re: Any way to grab images remotely?

Or if you get an earlier model (hero4) you can access the files via http over wifi directly.
Explorer
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Re: Any way to grab images remotely?