The GoPRo is an usual beast to control, there’s no fancy LCD display like camera/camcorder or pro camera but a very basic window with codes that you skip through with the 2 buttons on the camera. There’s 5 video options which differ in resolution size, FPS and angle of view. You also have a self-timer and a timelapse mode where you can adjust the number of shots per second. The time-lapse setting I used are below (2 frames per second)
Making the GoPro move over a period of time
The camera needs to move automatically over time to create the time-lapse look. The beauty of the GoPro is that it is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre and manipulate.
The equipment I used was an egg-timer (image below). By setting the timer on 60 minutes, it will tick away through 360 degrees over one hour. By attaching the GoPro to the top of the timer (with the many GoPro accessories) it gradually turns over a time while taking a picture. A frame ever 2 seconds produces probably the smoothest footage but you can experiment with the other settings to see what effect you can achieve.
Although the egg-timer revolves 360 degrees, sometimes you may just want a 180 pan across the sky or an even more subtle movement. The diagram below shows how you can do this. By dividing the egg-timer into 4 segment and setting the timer to 15, 30 or 45 mins you can control how far the timer turn and what your GoPro captures.
The software to use is Quicktime Pro 7. This program allow you to import all the individual images to create a film (see screenshot below)