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The CamDo GoPro Programmable Scheduler combines the functions of theCamDo Time Lapse Intervalometer with a programmable timer capable of storing 17 separate programs for shooting long term time lapse sequences or video at specific times on specific days.
For time lapse, the CamDo Scheduler Control is designed to turn the GoPro camera on and off to maximize the battery life. In most cases, the camera will take about 2,000 images on a single battery charge (750 on the Hero3 Black). These images can be spread over hours, days or even weeks without recharging the battery.
The ability to schedule the beginning and end times of the time lapse function lets the photographer program time lapse sequences to be shot during certain hours of the day, every day or every business day. Or, it can be used to schedule the start of a time lapse sequence up to one week ahead.
Take 1 photo every hour from 9am to 5pm, weekdays only.
Wait until Saturday, then take 1 photo every minute all weekend.
For video, the scheduler can be programmed to shoot short video clips at multiple desired times, or to turn the GoPro camera on and shoot for several hours starting at a predetermined time after a delay of up to one week.
Set up on Monday to shoot video from 8pm to 11pm on Tuesday.
Shoot video every weekday from 12pm to 1pm.
NOTE: HERO4 compatibility can only be achieved through a custom firmware modification to the camera. The firmware modification is explained in detailhere.
You are strongly advised to use an SD card from the recommended list on GoPro's website. Use of cards not on the list, especially SanDisk Ultracards, will greatly increase your chance of trouble with your setup.
Intervalometer Features included on Programmable Scheduler
Programmable delayed start
Automatic Start mode turns on the camera a few seconds after remote power up (all compatible cameras except the HERO4 Black)
Repeat cycle or continuous operation once started
Programmable repeat cycle from 35 seconds to one week or more
Programmableon time from 12 seconds to infinity
Programmable scripts can be used to take a photo or video on each cycle.
No Additional Battery Required
The Programmable Scheduler uses the camera’s battery. In standby it uses very little power (similar to a watch) and does not reduce the battery life.
Compatible with the GoPro camera with a HERO Port connector on the back of the camera (with the exception of the HERO3 Silver).
Compatibility ( Y / N )
* HERO4 compatibility can only be achieved through a custom firmware modification to the camera. The firmware modification is explained in detail here.
With the current GoPro firmware, the Intervalometer can turn the HERO3 Black, HERO3+, and HERO4 cameras on, but it cannot turn them off. The camera must be programmed to turn off after taking a photo or shooting a video of the desired length using scripts which are installed on the SD card. This allows for considerable flexibility in deciding what the camera will do when triggered by the Intervalometer. Sample HERO3+ and HERO3 Black scripts can be seen here. HERO4 scripts are structured differently, and their feature set can be seen here.
Scripts are not required for HERO2 or HERO3 White cameras.
The Scheduler itself is not waterproof and does not fit inside the GoPro waterproof housings. It needs to be sheltered from the elements. The Scheduler can be attached to the camera when it is in a GoPro housing with the back removed.
How long will the battery last if I shoot some number of photos per hour?
Calculating battery life is non-trivial. It depends on the camera model, firmware version, SD card speed, lighting conditions, battery size, age of the battery, ambient temperature, and more. To help you understand the issues and to calculate estimated battery life, consult theCamera Power Consumption Study and ourTime Lapse Calculator.
Does the Scheduler work with your Battery Eliminators?
We recommend using the Scheduler with aHERO3/3+ Battery Eliminator. There is a slot in the back of the scheduler for the Battery Eliminator cable to pass through.
Using the Battery Eliminator reduces heat from the camera battery and charging circuit. A Battery Eliminator also bypasses the problems that some users have had with the GoPro charging logic when charging from the camera’s USB port causing the camera to freeze and require a reset.
Our HERO4 Battery Eliminator uses the same HERO Port as the Scheduler. Therefore the two items cannot be used together. Charging a HERO4 would need to be done using the camera’s mini-USB port.
Can a solar panel be used to extend the operating time?
The shooting time can be extended using a USB battery pack or AC charger attached to the camera. A solar powered battery pack can be used to shoot until the SD card is full.
Can I download images via USB while using the Scheduler?
Yes, this works very well with the Hero3 Black & White cameras. A long USB cable can be permanently connected to the camera. Plug the USB cable into a computer. The images can now be moved from the SD card to your hard drive. When you unplug the USB cable from the computer, the camera will turn off. The scheduler will resume shooting with the next image. There is no need to touch the camera. The USB cable can be plugged into a charger orlarge battery pack while shooting for longer battery life.
We stock a 10 foot USB cable that has been tested to work for charging and downloading.
What do our customers use our Programmable Scheduler for?
It delights us to hear from happy customers who have used the Programmable Scheduler to take photos and videos in interesting ways.
Sometimes it is not possible to be there when you want to shoot a video. Matt Harman ofShorealone Films set up the Programmable Scheduler to shoot this video.
“I used the scheduler in 0110 mode to record the lift off of the Delta 4 Heavy. We set up the day before launch and I had it programmed to turn on 2 mins before the launch window opens, just to be safe in case of any problems, and then at 12:00 when the window closed to power off and stop recording. As you can see from the video it's not safe to be standing anywhere near that rocket when it goes off. I'm just happy it wasn't incinerated like the hillside behind it. The CamDo Scheduler allows me to record impossible video from anywhere right on time.”
I will be buying more...thank you for all your programing skills..... -MH
Lance Hastie in Christchurch New Zealand used the Programmable Scheduler to film the construction of an ice rink in a parking lot for the school holidays.
“I used the Programmable Scheduler set for 5 minute intervals to film the time lapse sequences in this clip. It was remote powered via the USB port to keep the battery charged from a 12V SLA feeding a 5V regulator. One charged SLA lasts 10 days safely operating 7:30am to 6pm, at 5min photo image cycles. All worked perfectly.” -LH
Jérôme Balleydier ofAérographe in Réunion Island created a 3 month time lapse of the construction of a solar energy generation site with theCamDo Solar powered system.
Zirriborro TV in Bilbao, Spain, have been using two PS-003 Programmable Schedulers to document the transformation of the Tabakalerako Tobacco building into a culture center.