Time Lapse videos are my favorite GoPro Hero 7 videos, namely because they produce such wonderful results. For example here is a sunset and cloud time lapse video I created last year. There is nothing quite like seeing a big, fluffy Cumulus or Cumulonimbus cloud building high in the sky.

Today there was a big storm brewing, in fact I could see the sky becoming darker by the minute. There was a mix of fast, low, moving Stratus clouds with some Cumulus clouds just above them.


Time Lapse settings on the GoPro Hero 7

The best timelapse interval for capturing the dramatic movement of clouds is 5 seconds. The resolution that works best for me is 1440px. The Point of View is wide. I placed the the camera on the window ledge and pointed it towards the houses, which are conveniently in a fixed location below the low moving clouds.

It took about 2 hours to run the battery flat and that used up about 300MB of SD card, which is nothing on a 64GB card.

Post video editing with Filmora 9

time lapse video editing through filmora 9

I processed the video in Filmora 9, which is a fantastic video editing program from Wondershare.

Crop, zoom, add a title, sound and upload

For this video I wanted to focus on the clouds, thus cropped out a lot of the video at the bottom. This is such a cool feature. I added some colour tuning to enhance the colours.

I also introduced a slow zoom or panning motion from left to right, which added a nice effect on the clouds moving in the opposite direction.

Crop and Zoom

Finally I added my watermark, a title, a description, a logo and added a mp3 soundtrack from Bensound.com. Rendering the video took a mere 3 minutes on my super fast computer. 😀

If you are interested in reading about my Desktop build, check out my post titled It’s Upgrade Time – New Desktop build, LCD, Soundbar and Standing Desk.



Mike is an Android man, researcher of all things good and bad, likes all wheeled sports, loves gadgets, enjoys all music, into home automation, likes Samsung, voted Brexit, enjoys talk radio, has a Brompton electric bike, drives a Tesla Model 3, is a hard worker, a passionate self-educator, crazy about drones, a gambler, blogger for over 20 years, enjoys gardening, Microsoft over Apple, an investor in stocks and cryptocurrency, a homeowner, a futurist, married for life, has family all over the world, a cat man do, loves beer, travel & life.

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