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Sightseer
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Timelapse video not operating as expected

Just got a new Hero5 Session and I'm trying to figure it out. Would be nice if more instruction came with the camera. I set the camera to timelapse video, 2 sec,(or 5 sc, doesn't matter). However it is taking a normal video. It's not taking a shot every 2 sec as expected, as the setting indicates. Just ending up with a normal video. Totally confused.

Please advise, thank you.


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GoPro Community Manager
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Re: Timelapse video not operating as expected

@megadive8503 - If it helps, you can download a manual for your camera at https://gopro.com/help/productmanuals.

 

The time lapse should start if that setting is selected and you immediately press the shutter button to start the recording. You should hear a beep or see an indicator that signals when each recording is made as part of the time lapse. If you are letting the camera cycle off between settings, it's likely that the camera is resetting to its default video mode.

 

With all of that in mind, there are a couple of ways to get the time lapse started that may be easier. First, if you press and hold the shutter button down for a few seconds, the camera should beep a few times and start recording a time lapse. This is the QuikCapture function.

 

A second option is to use the voice activation on your camera and just say, "GoPro start time lapse".

 

With both of these methods, it should record the time lapse using the time lapse setting you used last.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Thanks,

Jeff

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GoPro Community Manager
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Re: Timelapse video not operating as expected

@megadive8503 - If it helps, you can download a manual for your camera at https://gopro.com/help/productmanuals.

 

The time lapse should start if that setting is selected and you immediately press the shutter button to start the recording. You should hear a beep or see an indicator that signals when each recording is made as part of the time lapse. If you are letting the camera cycle off between settings, it's likely that the camera is resetting to its default video mode.

 

With all of that in mind, there are a couple of ways to get the time lapse started that may be easier. First, if you press and hold the shutter button down for a few seconds, the camera should beep a few times and start recording a time lapse. This is the QuikCapture function.

 

A second option is to use the voice activation on your camera and just say, "GoPro start time lapse".

 

With both of these methods, it should record the time lapse using the time lapse setting you used last.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Thanks,

Jeff

Sightseer
Posts: 9

Re: Timelapse video not operating as expected

Thank you for the reply. I'm not doing Quikcapture at the moment, I'm going in each time and setting it to TL-VD, 5sec, then recording.

 

Just took another video on TL-VD 5sec that was a minute or so long, and the resulting is a choppy one second, a completely diffrerent result than the previous test.

 

A quick way I am testing this is by copying the resulting videos from the SD card directly on to my desktop, and viewing the video in Quicktime. On the SD card there are a couple other files that are associated with the clip: .LRV and .THM - are these a factor in the intended timelapse playback? 

 

 

Thank you for your assistance as I awkwardly figure this out... 

GoPro Community Manager
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Re: Timelapse video not operating as expected

Those files are used when viewing the content on your mobile phone (they're low-res versions of the files you shot). You can ignore them.

Backpacker
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Re: Timelapse video not operating as expected


@megadive8503 wrote:

Thank you for the reply. I'm not doing Quikcapture at the moment, I'm going in each time and setting it to TL-VD, 5sec, then recording.

 

Just took another video on TL-VD 5sec that was a minute or so long, and the resulting is a choppy one second, a completely diffrerent result than the previous test.

 

A quick way I am testing this is by copying the resulting videos from the SD card directly on to my desktop, and viewing the video in Quicktime. On the SD card there are a couple other files that are associated with the clip: .LRV and .THM - are these a factor in the intended timelapse playback? 

 

 

Thank you for your assistance as I awkwardly figure this out... 


@megadive8503

 

I went through the same H5S "School of hard knocks".  I also agree a paper manual should be included with the cam, as it is NOT intuitive, nor easy to remember at first.  BUT, after a while playing with it and trying different modes from the online manual it all starts to make sense.  Do use the online manual that @jefft linked to.  It WILL help you.

 

Once you have all the TL settings the way you want them, exit the menu system and then to enter TL record mode a simple 3 second push of the shutter button will work (AKA - quickcapture), or give voice activation a try by saying: "GoPro start time lapse".  The H5S will start a TL record using the last used settings.  A 1 second push (quickcapture) of the shutter button starts normal video recording, again using the last used settings. 

 

As to choppyness when viewing on your PC.  Use the GoPro Quik Desktop App for transfer and viewing of files not the memory card.  Also depending on the resolution you recorded at and the power of your video card (or lack of power) may be the cause here.

 

USE THAT MANUAL, IT WILL HELP YOU!

Here is the section on TL from the manual:

CAPTURING TIME LAPSE CONTENT

The fastest way to capture time lapse content in the capture mode that you used last time is to use QuikCapture (page 11). But if you want to change the time lapse capture mode or settings, follow the steps below.

  1. Press the Menu button to turn on the status screen.
  2. Select a capture mode (Time Lapse Photos, Night Lapse, or Time Lapse Video) and settings:
    a. Press the Menu button repeatedly to move to Camera Settings,then press the Shutter button [ ] to select it.
    b. Press the Shutter button repeatedly until you get to the Time Lapse icon [ ].
    c. Press the Menu button to move to the next field, then press the Shutter button repeatedly to select a capture mode.
    d. To change a setting, press the Menu button to move to the setting, then press the Shutter button repeatedly to display the option that you want.
    e. Press the Menu button to move to the check mark, then press the Shutter button to confirm the selection.
  3. Press the Shutter button. Your camera beeps once, then beeps once for each photo that is captured. The camera status lights blink during capture.
  4. To stop capturing, press the Shutter button.

Hope that sheds some light on it for you!

 

Sightseer
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Re: Timelapse video not operating as expected

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Thank you for the thorough reply. I have been using the manual actually. It's helpful, but it'a barebones - it doesn't help explain the effects of different settings, why one would use one setting over another, etc. Suggestion for Gopro: a series of detailed official tutorials on Youtube. (Or is that too much work for Gopro?) I have been scanning Youtube and there are some user videos on timelapse for the Hero5, but not much for the Session).

 

I have successfully been finding and manipulating the settings in TL-VD, but the result is not what I've been expecting to see. I'll set it to 2 or 5 seconds, then take a video of about a minute just to see what happens. And it doesn't look like much. Probably better would be to take a 15 minute TL video and see how that comes out. WIll continue to test.

 

I'm also getting confused between pressing the Menu button 1x vs. 3x, what is happening differently with this.

 

Thank you for the continued assistance.

Backpacker
Posts: 362

Re: Timelapse video not operating as expected

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@megadive8503

 

2 or 5 second interval and only recording for 1 minutes results in 30 or 12 total frames in your video.  A better test might be to try .5 or 1 second interval and point it up at clouds (on a tripod or other stable item) let it record for 5-10 minutes... then watch the clouds fly by.

 

Also what video card is in your PC?

 

Quickcapture is the very useful feature that starts recording at the last used settings.  Its either a short (1 sec) push or a long (3 sec) push of the shutter (round) button to enter QC!  Note: Short press = video / long press = TL video.

Sightseer
Posts: 9

Re: Timelapse video not operating as expected

I'm using a SanDisk 128gb sd card, with a Sandisk adapter into a Mac.

 

So the short and long press of the Menu button activates video or TL respectively at the last settings used for either/each?

 

I will try the test you mention. I think everything is working properly...I'm just figuring it out. Thanks.