Time Lapse is a wonderful way to achieve some really cool effects in your travel photography. With time-lapse, you can easily reduce the length of your long GoPro videos – such as footage of your adventurous road trip, or a long duration recording of the horizon – into clips of only a few seconds!
The GoPro Hero 9 Black is a pretty great choice for shooting Time Lapse videos. It can capture 20MP raw photos, which is an amazing resolution to capture even the minute details in landscape time-lapses.
But how can you do it exactly? In this post, we’ll discuss all about GoPro Time Lapse and its settings on the GoPro Hero 9 Black.
GoPro Hero 9 Time Lapse Presets
The GoPro Hero 9 Black has three Time Lapse capture presets with different settings:
- Time Lapse, and
- Night Lapse.
TimeWarp preset in GoPro Hero 9 Black lets you capture a time-lapse video while you’re on the move. The action camera uses its amazing video stabilization technology to capture ultra-smooth time-lapse videos. This preset is perfect for mountain bike runs, hikes, and more.
The default settings for TimeWarp on the Hero 9 are 1080p video with the Wide digital lens. The camera automatically adjusts your capture speed for the best results.
In addition, you also get a new feature called Speed Ramp while shooting TimeWarp on your Hero 9. It slows down your TimeWarp to real speed or half speed. To activate Speed Ramp, you just need to tap the screen while recording. Tap the screen again to speed back up.
Time Lapse preset allows you to capture time-lapse video when your GoPro Hero 9 Black is mounted and still. It’s great for capturing sunsets, street scenes, art projects, and other shots that unfold over a long period of time.
When this preset is active, the GoPro Hero 9 Black records 1080p video with the Wide digital lens while capturing a shot every 0.5 seconds.
As the name suggests, Night Lapse preset on your GoPro Hero 9 Black captures time-lapse video in dark and low-light environments. When this preset is active, your action camera’s shutter stays open longer to let in more light.
When you choose Night Lapse, the GoPro Hero 9 Black automatically adjusts the camera’s shutter speed to let more light in and picks the interval that will give you the best results. It records 1080p video with the Wide digital lens.
Please note that Night Lapse should only be used for stationary shots. This preset isn’t recommended for handheld or mounted shots when the camera is moving.
GoPro Hero 9 Time Lapse & TimeWarp Settings
The GoPro Hero 9 features several Time Lapse/TimeWarp settings that you can tweak to get the best results in different situations. Here are those settings:
TimeWarp Video Speed
You can increase TimeWarp video speed on your GoPro Hero 9 Black by up to 30x to turn longer activities into shareable moments. For example, recording at 2x speed for 4 minutes will give you about 2 minutes of TimeWarp video.
The default speed on your camera is Auto, which means that the camera automatically sets the speed for you. But, you can also set the TimeWarp video speed manually. You should select a lower speed (2x or 5x) for short activities, and higher speeds (10x, 15x, or 30x) for longer activities.
– Recommended TimeWarp Video Speed for different activities:
- Driving through a scenic route: 2x-5x
- Hiking & Exploring: 10x
- Running or Mountain-Biking: 15-30x
Pro Tip: When shooting TimeWarp footage in bumpy situations, it’s best to leave the speed on the Auto setting.
Speed Ramp (TimeWarp)
Speed Ramp is a new capability that you get on the GoPro Hero 9 Black. It lets you slow down your TimeWarp to select Real Speed (with audio) or Half-Speed while recording. All you need to do is tap the rear touch screen while recording TimeWarp to ramp down the speed of your video. Tap again to speed it back up.
You can choose the speed before recording by going to the TimeWarp settings menu. There are two Speed Ramp options:
- Real Speed (1x): 30 FPS with Sound On
- Half-Speed (0.5x slo-mo): 60 FPS with Sound Off
TimeWarp/Time Lapse Video Resolution
The GoPro Hero 9 Black can shoot TimeWarp and Time-Lapse video in four resolutions:
- 4K (16:9 aspect ratio)
- 1080p (16:9 aspect ratio)
- 2.7K (4:3 aspect ratio)
- 1440p (4:3 aspect ratio)
Time Lapse Interval
Time Lapse Interval sets how often your GoPro Hero 9 Black captures a shot in the Time Lapse mode. I suggest that you choose shorter intervals for quick activities and longer intervals for extended activities.
The available time-lapse intervals on Hero 9 are: 0.5 (default), 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 seconds; 1, 2, 5, and 30 minutes; and 1 hour.
– Recommended Time Lapse Interval for different activities:
- 0.5-2 seconds: Surfing, biking, or other sport
- 2 seconds: Busy street corner
- 5-10 seconds: Clouds or outdoor scenes for long durations
- 10 seconds–1 minute: Art projects or other lengthy activities.
- 1 minute–1 hour: Super lengthy activities, like Construction work.
Please note that the time interval you set also affects your time-lapse video recording time. For example, recording for 5 minutes with a 0.5-second interval will give 20 seconds of time-lapse video.
Night Lapse Interval
You can choose how often your GoPro Hero 9 captures a shot in Night Lapse mode. The available Night Lapse Intervals are Auto, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 seconds; and 1, 2, 5, 30, and 60 minutes.
By default, you get Auto interval on Hero 9, which means that the camera syncs the Interval with the Shutter speed. It means that if the shutter speed is 10 seconds and Interval is set to Auto, the camera will capture a photo every 10 seconds.
– Recommended Night Lapse Interval for different activities:
- Auto: Great for all exposures
- 4-5 seconds: Evening city scene, street lighting, or scenes with movement
- 10-15 seconds: Dim lighting conditions with slow scene changes, like night clouds with a bright moon
- 20-30 seconds: Very low light or very slow scene changes, like stars with minimal ambient or street light
GoPro Hero 9 Battery Life When Shooting Time Lapse
Many people have asked me about the battery life of GoPro Hero 9 while shooting time-lapses. The good news is: GoPro Hero 9 Black’s battery life is actually pretty long while shooting time-lapse videos. The main reason behind it is that the action camera turns its screen off when shooting time-lapse shots.
From my own experience, I’d say that if you’re using the GoPro Hero 9 Black for shooting time-lapse videos, you’ll get about 3 hours of run time. That’s pretty decent, isn’t it?
However, if your time-lapse takes longer than that, just connect your GoPro to a power bank to be safe!
Shooting GoPro Hero 9 Time Lapse: Final Words
To get the best results, you should choose all the right time-lapse settings (as mentioned above) for the activities you’re recording. Please note that shooting time lapses at high resolutions can quickly drain the battery of your GoPro Hero 9 Black. So, ensure that your camera is fully charged before the shoot begins. For long-duration time-lapse shots, I recommend that you invest in an external power source to shoot worry-free!
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