August 27, 2016

Shoot Time-Lapses at Any Interval on Your GoPro HERO with This Super Easy Hack

You can teach an old dog new tricks—as long as you have the right piece of code.

In 2014, when GoPro rebooted it's entry level action cam, HERO, they added a bunch of great features and functionality, including a handy time-lapse mode. Handy as it may be, some of you who own this camera may not want to be limited to a 5 second interval when shooting your time-lapses, which is where this hack from John of TechWizTime comes in.

I'm no coder, which is why John's video is so helpful. He goes through every line of the script, explaining what the commands mean as well as how to modify them (and what those modifications will do). But even if after all of his explanations you still don't really understand, it doesn't really matter because in order to get your GoPro to shoot time-lapses at any interval, all you have to do is change one single character—the number that follows the "sleep" command. 

If you're interested in hacking your GoPro HERO's time-lapse function, you can find John's script on GitHub. Huge disclaimer, though, using this hack will definitely void your warranty and may even end up breaking your GoPro, but if you're willing to take the risk, let us know how it pans out in the comments below.     

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"using this hack will definitely void your warranty"

WRONG, at least in the United States. Don't post bullshit like this. Consumers' right to modify their property without fear of warranty invalidation is protected by federal law (the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act). To refuse warranty service, the vendor has to prove that the modification you made caused the problem for which you're seeking service.

It doesn't matter what companies say on this matter in their literature, but you'll notice that most say MAY void your warranty. They're trying to spread FUD.

The law was originally meant to protect consumers from scams by auto manufacturers, telling them that they had to buy "special" Chevy tires or Ford oil.

September 2, 2016 at 5:35PM

David Gurney

What is the matter with GoPro? They seriously added a time-lapse feature but then provided no way to set the interval? That's pathetic.

And do they still provide no endless-recording function? It's an ACTION camera... you'd want it running all the time, right? So one would expect that you could have it record continuously in (for example) five-minute segments until the memory fills up, and then start overwriting the oldest ones.

This is standard in $60 dashcams. But not the GoPro?

September 2, 2016 at 5:37PM

David Gurney