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How to Time-Lapse on GoPro Studio, with Douw-Steyn Lessing

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Written By Douw-Steyn Lessing

Time-lapse videos are simple and a great way to practice using your gear. "Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. For example, an image of a scene may be captured once every second, then played back at 30 frames per second; the result is an apparent 30 times speed increase. Time-lapse photography can be considered the opposite of high speed photography or slow motion." Wiki.

Here are 2 great examples of time-lapse videos.

Suikerbos bushveld time lapse with GoPro Hero 3+ black


Victoria West Timelapse 720 HD


Keep reading to get a break-down of how to do your own time-lapse video, with Douw-Steyn Lessing!

Good day fellow adventurers

Today I’m going to take you through the basics of making a Time Lapse with your GoPro.

When you see a video of the sun rising in 30 seconds, it’s most probably a Time Lapse video.

A Time Lapse video shows you life the eyes don’t catch – it’s truly amazing.


Let’s get to it!

Here are the different GoPro icons you'll see.


  1. Switch on your GoPro and press Power/Mode until you get to Settings.

  2. Go inside settings and press mode until you find the Time Lapse Settings.

  3. All you need to choose here is the interval at which the GoPro will take photos.

  4. Press mode until you’re on the 5sec option and select.

  5. Exit the settings and go on Time Lapse mode!


For the Time Lapse video you’ll be shooting clouds, sunrises, sunsets or thunder storms.

Mount your GoPro somewhere steady, press the shutter (top button) and leave it for an hour or two.

That was the difficult part.

Below is a video of how to edit your photos into a Time Lapse video with the GoPro Studio which can be downloaded on the GoPro website for free

This is this the basics of a Time Lapse video and there’s so much more you can achieve once you know your GoPro better and start playing with all the effect in the GoPro Studio.


To get the most out of your Time Lapse videos I’d recommend the following:

  • Shoot with either the 3+ Black or the new Hero 4 Models for best resolution.

  • Buy a tripod for your GoPro that’s available on Action Gear.

  • Practice makes perfect. Keep on shooting!


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