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Old December 26th, 2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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Night time lapse with GoPro Hero3+ possible?

I am increasingly interested in night time lapse. In FEB 2014, I might get opportunity to catch aurora borealis in northern US. I will be camping with Boy Scouts and want to make it a learning experience. Can a GoPro Hero 3+ Black be used in video or stills to capture AB? I tried David Newman's video technique for sunrise, but I'm too far south (and city bound) to try to catch AB? Thoughts?
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Old December 26th, 2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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I've had very poor results with Gopros for anything in other than good lighting - the exposure system also isn't designed to cope with night stuff at all.
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Old December 26th, 2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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Night time-lapse is best using video, Protune at 24p (longer exposure), then blend the frames. Blog post on the how to: CineForm Insider: Rethinking Time-lapse

Night timelapse with HERO3:
(seconds 41-58)

(from 58s onward.)
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Old December 26th, 2013, 11:15 PM   #4
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It's hard to get video of the northern lights. Most time lapses of the northern lights are a series of still pictures, taken with a DSLR, a large sensor to pull in light, coupled with a 'fast' lens and a slow shutter speed. I just don't think a GoPro is going to cut it. Here is a video timelapse shot with a Sony FS700
and a 1.8 lens shooting 1fps with a shutter speed of 1 second. Not nearly as good as a DSLR timelapse, but I'm not a DSLR shooter and only own video cameras.

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Old January 25th, 2014, 10:32 PM   #5
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Here's my first attempt using GoPro Hero3+ using 4k 15fps sped up and blurred.

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