Fri. Jul 19th, 2019

GoPro setup for permanent time lapse

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Friday 19 July 2019 - Friday night: Partly cloudy. Clearing this evening. Low 10. Saturday: Sunny. High 27. UV index 7 or high. Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Low 8. Sunday: Sunny. High 29. Sunday night: Clear. Low 11. Monday: Sunny. High 26. Monday night: Clear. Low 14. Tuesday: Sunny. High 25. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 13. Wednesday: Sunny. High 22. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 12. Thursday: Sunny. High 23.

  • Current Conditions
    22.2° C
    -1.1 ° C/hr
    101.9 kPa
    S 3 km/h
    gusting 10 km/h
    49 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    22.2° C
    Heat Index
    22.2° C
    11.0° C
    219 W/m2
    Last Updated: 18:00:00 PDT
    Click to Refresh or See All Conditions
  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.3 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    7.6 mm since
    July 18, 2019 00:07
    Civil Rise
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (91% full)
    Civil Set
    Day Length
    Day High
    24.2° C @ 15:42 Tdy.
    Day Low
    10.8° C @ 02:50 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    102.02 kPa @ 08:59 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.77 kPa @ 00:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    10.8° C @ 02:50 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    24.2° C @ 15:42 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 10km/h @ 17:55 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    969W/m2 @ 14:31 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    5.8 @ 12:42 Tdy.

I’m hoping that this will be the near-final configuration for the webcam.

Here is my little GoPro HD camera that is now the webcam for

Here is it in its box (to give a little protection from the sun).


And here’s the actual camera. It’s plugged into a USB charger to give it power (it has a battery of course, but it only lasts a few hours with my setup)


The little green light is on the part I just got today. It’s a timer controller board that plugs directly into the port on the GoPro. Very nifty little device. You can get it from here. Its a homemade board with a simple bit of circuitry on it that allows it to turn on and off the camera with any period I want.

Here’s a close up:


You can also see the orange SD card inserted on the side of the camera. That’s the EyeFi card.

The challenges I had to overcome were the battery life, the camera heating up and turning off, and the EyeFi card deleting pictures as it downloads them so the card never fills.

The controller should take care of this by only turning the camera on long enough to take a picture; for EyeFi to upload the picture; and for EyeFi to cleanup the card. For now, I have it on for 20 seconds, then off for 30. Ill likely be adjusting it, but I’m hopeful everything will work out!

See ya!

2 thoughts on “GoPro setup for permanent time lapse

  1. Neat setup, Chris.

    I just replaced my webcam a few weeks ago. The old Dlink bit the bit one, so I put up a new TrentNet webcam in a proper enclosure. Even though it’s the same resolution (640×480) the picture is way better.


  2. Ya the webcams have improved greatly since I bought my netcam back in 2005.  I’ve got pretty fixated on getting an HD apparatus though, the SLR cameras spoiled me 🙂 

    I was sold on the GoPro because of its ability to take timelapse so easily and its insanely wideangle lens.

    The EyeFi card has been the biggest disappointment.  Its stated ‘unlimited’ space (where it deletes old images as the card fills) has major limitations not the least of which being the camera has to be power cycled for the deletions to happen.  The little controller board looks to be taking care of that issue.

    The board will also hopefully keep the camera from overheating and shutting itself off and if it does shut off it’ll turn it back on.

Comments are closed.