Time lapse setting on the GoPro.

In this post I am going to talk you through the time lapse setting. What its used for, how to use it and when to use it.
I staid clear of it for quite a while when I first got the GoPro, I had seen some beautiful time lapse video’s but I was never to sure how I could make my own unique time lapse videos.
I hope this information helps you figure out the time lapse setting or maybe you haven’t purchased a GoPro yet and you are looking into how you could use one.

What is a Time lapse video?

Very good question for beginners. I’m sure you have seen a time lapse video, possibly of a tide coming in? or a plant flowering in spring. Maybe a sunset over a gorgeous landscape smoothly slipping into darkness as the sun falls below a mountain peak.

So here it is. The time lapse is essentially just a video. You leave you GoPro to record whatever you would like to get a lapse of and it pretty much does the rest for you!

But what does it do?

The GoPro will be recording. However it only takes one frame in a certain amount of time for example: one frame every 10 seconds.
So after an hour of recording you should have but a tiny fraction of a video merged into one.
This means that even the smallest movements recorded such as a sun setting will be captured.
Keep reading to see my example of this at the bottom of the page.

What video setting options do I have with a time lapse video?

It can be confusing when you first look at the settings so I will try my best to explain each section so you can make your mind up. It solely depends on what you are wanting to film.

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The interval is how much time between each frame that it will collect, I am using a GoPro Hero 4 and on this GoPro the options are

  • 0.5 Seconds
  • 1 Second
  • 2 Seconds
  • 5 Seconds
  • 10 Seconds
  • 30 Seconds
  • 60 seconds

The choice is completely up to you! It mainly depends on what you are filming so the slower the movement that you are filming the larger time scale you would want.

at the bottom of this post I will share with you my time lapse of a sunset, now as the sun moves very slowly in comparison to one of us walking down a road I want my setting to be a larger time, I had mine set at 30 Seconds.
If however you are filming a flower opening up then you would probably want it to be set to 60 seconds as that is so slow that the human eye probably wouldn’t notice the movement at all!

In regards to the very low time setting such as 1 -2 seconds I am not entirely sure, maybe a a tide coming in? or a view of a busy road beaming with cars and people? If you have any idea’s drop a comment or message us and we will happily experiment with it and post our results a soon as we can!


  • 4K
  • 2.7K

These are the only options I have on the GoPro Hero 4 But they are the only options you need!
Its simple. The slower moving time lapse video’s can easily film in 4K and give you a beautiful high quality view. However on faster moving objects you may get a lot of blur when using 4K this is because 4K is filmed with a much lower frame rate.

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2.7K is for anything that 4K would struggle with like moving vehicles.
But test it yourself! All my time using this time lapse setting I have always used 4K as my shots are slower paced and in a still location.
This could be completely different if you have a GoPro above the Hero 4 as they have consistently managed to increase frame rate on higher resolution video’s this makes it so much easier to get the shot you want!

Now I have this information what should I do?

In conclusion the time lapse setting was a lot less scary than I thought! And it is a video setting that I am currently trying to perfect!
So now all you need to do is get your GoPro, go out and find the most stunning shots you can. Get gorgeous short video’s of the world carrying on its daily business.
Don’t have a GoPro yet? click the link below to look at the official GoPro store and buy one that is affordable and comfortable to use!
GoPro have never failed to make each upgrade better than the last and continuously make it easy for beginners to get started!

What do you want to see from us next?

Have we missed something in this post? or something you are not quite sure about? drop a comment below or contact us via E-mail with questions or idea’s. We would love to hear from you!

Our First attempt at mastering the Time lapse setting of a GoPro

This was video was captured in Hastings, United Kingdom. As the sun goes down notice how the artificial light of the roadsides and walkways take over the beach.

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