(TechTip – a short post about a quick tip that will save you time and frustration).
Wish I knew this on my last time lapse
I shot a day long behind the scene time lapse on my last motion job, but since the client hadn’t specified that we’re gonna be shooting a time lapse, I had not brought my usual time lapse DSLR setup that I’ve written about before, but had my GoPro Hero 3+ (@) in my kit. Even with an extended battery the camera will shoot around 2-3 hours, depending on how many photos, how large, ect. So every couple of hours we’d go check on the camera to see, if it’s still shooting.
Later my assistant told me that a GoPro will shoot while the battery is being charged externally – good to know! I put this info to the test yesterday.
Powering a multi day time lapse
Here’s my setup: GoPro Hero 3+ camera, set to take one 3K still photo every 5 seconds. I hooked up the camera via USB to a battery/inverter called Sherpa 50 made by Goal Zero (@), the company that I purchased my solar charge set up for our shoot in the peruvian jungle last year.
The Sherpa ran the camera uninterrupted for over 14 hours, capturing almost 10,000 images until my 32GB microSD card filled up, while the GoalZero Sherpa still was at a 40% charge.
I had started this with an empty GoPro battery, that was fully charger when the card filled up. As an aside remember, that when you’re outdoors you can charge the Sherpa with a Solar Panel, while it’s powering the GoPro camera, that’ll extend your shooting time greatly. All that’s left to do is to buy a SanDisk 128GB MicroSD card -they run around $100 bucks- enabling you to shoot about 40,000 images, which translates into around 50 hours of shooting an image every 5 seconds.
Check out “What’s in your bag?” Episode one – it’s smaller than the Goal Zero Sherpa, but it may be the perfect charger for running your GoPro when you’re far from an outlet – it has a build in solar panel!
UPDATE: Received a SanDisk 128 microSD card and inserted it into my GoPro, only to see a SD ERR displayed on the screen. None of the current GoPro cameras support cards that are larger than 64 GB and while there is a firmware update coming from GoPro in February 2015, it is only for the Hero4 black and silver cameras and will not include 128GB support. Just to clarify GoPro has the specs of cards that will work on their website, I just wanted to try this out …