Windows 10 Task Scheduler starts a GBTimelapse session with
the name of a project file at set
times-of-day (and/or days of week). It
also starts GBTManager at a later
time each day.
controls the camera and captures images according settings stored in the project file.
FirstCutTimelapse to make a video for each new GBTimelapse session. It
also manages drive storage to delete old session
images and videos - much like a digital video recorder.
uploads the videos and/or images to
each new video to YouTube or Vimeo.
What you need:
GBTimelapse 4 Pro, includes GBTManager ($199)
Canon EOS camera (EOS M200 $499)
Windows 10 Mini-PC or laptop ($189 ACEPC)
Remote Access Software (TeamViewer free account)
Cloud storage (Google Drive, Dropbox,
Zapier to auto upload to YouTube or Vimeo (free)
Optional: Outdoor enclosure
Optional: Wi-Fi extender
GBTimelapse 4 Pro Version
project file can be configured to start and end at fixed times per day or times
relative to local sunrise and sunset times. Windows Task Scheduler can start
GBTimelapse with a named project file, so you can run multiple projects per day
or different project on different days resulting in one or more time-lapse
sessions per day. The included GBTManager invokes FirstCutTimelapse to create a
video for each time-lapse session.
reads the session images and creates a video file. You specify the video aspect
ratio, dimensions, cropping, and optionally other watermarked information.
Canon EOS camera
GBTimelapse4 is compatible with virtually all Canon EOS
models. For long-term operation mirror-less models (EOS M200,
EOS RP, & EOS R
) are best because they don’t have a mirror mechanism
that might malfunction after 100,000 or more images.
Windows 10 Mini-PC or laptop
There is no need to have a full size Windows PC. A mini-pc
inside an outdoor enclosure or small laptop for an indoor installation are both
perfectly capable. The PC should run Windows 10 and must have at least 4GB Ram,
64GB C-Drive, Wi-Fi or Ethernet, 3 USB ports, HDMI display connection. You will
also need a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor for initial setup. After that you
can connect and configure using remote access software like Team Viewer.
The PC should be configured to auto-boot on power on. That
way if the power ever fails the PC will reboot and resume operation when the
($189) is a proven platform this workflow. Its 64GB C-drive is sufficient for
small projects, but for longer sessions or RAW capture it’s best to add an
internal D-drive like the Samsung 860
EVO 2.5” SATA 250GB
Remote Access Software
You need remote access software to configure and monitor the
PC while it is running remotely. You can get TeamViewer
free account or you can
configure Windows Remote Desktop.
Google Drive is a good solution for uploading the videos
and/or images to the cloud. A free Google Drive account can accept up to 15GB.
We recommend getting a Gmail account and Google Drive account for each
long-term installation. Just set FirstCutTimelapse to output videos to the
Google Drive folder.
Use Zapier to create a “Zap” to automatically publish a
video to YouTube whenever a new video is added to your Google Drive folder.