GBTimelapse Raspberry Pi

Long-Term Unattended Time-lapse
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Looking south from the cape at Cabo San Lucas during a sunrise time-lapse

by Mike Posehn

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GBTPi is a version of GBTimelapse created specifically for the Raspberry Pi 4. It runs under the Raspbian OS and GUI. Raspbian is a modified version of Debian which in turn is a distribution if Linux.

GBTPi is designed to for long-term unattended operation. It inherits GBTimelapse’ powerful and versatile scheduling and camera control abilities. GBTimelapse has been used for over a decade in hundreds of long-term installations worldwide.

GBTPi utilizes gPhoto2 as an interface to a wide variety of digital cameras and is therefore compatible with hundreds of different camera models (Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc.) . For a complete list of cameras look here gphoto2 supported cameras .

GBTPi Requirements

  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB micro SD card
  • Raspbian Operating System GUI
  • gPhoto2 (installed with GBTPi) and a gPhoto2 compatible camera
  • Mono runtime (installed with GBTPi)
  • (temporary) screen, keyboard and mouse for initial setup
  • (optional) TeamViewer free version for remote desktop operation

GBTPi is a Raspberry Pi application for the capture of time-lapse image sequences. You control a digital camera tethered to your computer by a USB cable. Using the camera's settings, you capture images using the computer rather than the camera controls and collect a series of images automatically. Watch a video of your time-lapse in progress and make changes as needed.

Long-term Automatic Photography

Periodic photographic images can be captured over a period of days, weeks or months to document the progress of a project. The camera and computer use power from a uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and can run indefinitely. Progress is monitored by email alerts from the capture software or by remote access software. Images can be emailed periodically or uploaded via FTP. Other software can be used to convert the images sequences into time-lapse video.