GoPro Studio Tutorial: Create a GoPro Time Lapse Video in 5 Minutes

How to make a GoPro Time Lapse in 5 minutes using GoPro Studio

The GoPro Hero allows us to easily and effortlessly capture amazing GoPro time lapse videos. Charge your battery, select an interval and hit the shutter button. That’s all there is to it!

Time lapses are great for capturing cloud formations, construction sites, sunrises/sunsets, snow accumulation and many more situations.

However, capturing them is only half the battle. You still need to take your images and create your final GoPro time lapse video.

Fortunately, GoPro supplies us with their free editing software, GoPro Studio 2.0, which is the perfect solution for creating time lapse videos.

Below, you will find the QUICKEST and EASIEST way to create a GoPro time lapse in GoPro Studio 2.0.

Here are the steps in case you can’t watch the video:

  1. Be sure you have the latest version of GoPro Studio installed on your Mac or PC. Click here to download or update the free software directly on GoPro’s website: GoPro Studio 2.0
  2. Import your GoPro pictures to your computer and paste only the images you will be using in a separate folder. Name the folder whatever you want. Don’t change the actual picture file names since GoPro Studio will use them to determine the order!
  3. Open GoPro Studio 2.0 and click on the “Import New Files” button on the left.
  4. Select 1 or all of the picture files (it doesn’t matter) and then click open. GoPro will then import all of the pictures in that folder.
  5. You will see your clip on the left hand side. Click on it once.
  6. You will now be able to preview the clip with the play button located underneath the clip in the middle.
  7. Click on “Advanced Settings” on the bottom.
  8. Change the image size to 1080p by clicking the dropdown menu so that the aspect ratio becomes 16:9 (GoPro images have a 4:3 aspect ratio but YouTube and Facebook display 16:9). You could stick with 4:3 if you’re uploading to Instagram.
  9. Next, make sure Speedup is checked as well as Motion Blur. 2X speed is fine. Motion Blur will smooth out your footage in between frames. I always keep it checked, but it is eve more important on footage captured with a longer interval (5 seconds, 10 seconds and longer).
  10. Select High Quality.
  11. You have the option to remove fisheye. I personally like the fisheye look. Be aware that if you do choose to remove fisheye, your clip will be slightly cropped.
  12. Click OK.
  13. You can also cut out frames at the beginning or the end by setting an “in” point and an “end” point. This is optional. You would do this if your first clip is you looking in the camera for example and you don’t want that to be part of the final video.
  14. When you’re satisfied, click the blue “Add Clip to Conversion List” button on the bottom and you will see your clip in the conversion list on the left. Hit the blue “Convert” button underneath the list. The conversion process will start. This step can take several minutes depending on the number of photos, the picture resolution and your computer’s performance.
  15. Once the conversion process is completed, the “Convert” button will change to “Proceed to Step 2”. Click on that.
  16. Click and drag the clip from the left on to your timeline in the middle.
  17. Play around with the settings on the right hand side including speed, color correction, framing, etc. Typically, you will still need to increase the speed even though we increased it by a factor of 2 back in step #9.
  18. Once you’re happy with what your time lapse looks like, click on the button at the top that says, “Step 3: Export”.
  19. Name your clip and choose your settings. For more information on the individual presets that GoPro Studio 2.0 has, check out this reference page on GoPro’s site: GoPro Studio Export Options. It is pretty straight forward though. There is a setting specifically for YouTube, one specifically for Vimeo, a 1080p HD option and a few others.
  20. Hit Export and you’re done! Upload your video to social media and show your friends. And don’t forget to show it to us too!

Let me know if this tutorial helped you create your own GoPro Time Lapse video! And please include your GoPro time lapses in the comments section below. I’d love to see them!

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