GBTimelapse Raspberry Pi

Long-Term Unattended Time-lapse
About this photo

Looking south from the cape at Cabo San Lucas during a sunrise time-lapse

by Mike Posehn

GBTPi - New!

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 of 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 either the Raspberry Pi 12MP HQ cameras or a USB digital camera. GBTPi is compatible with hundreds of different USB camera models (Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc.) . For a complete list of cameras look here gphoto2 supported cameras .

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 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. GBTPi can automatically convert the images sequences into time-lapse videos.

GBTPi Requirements

  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB micro SD card
  • Raspbian OS, Buster Version (Bullseye is not stable)
  • RPi HQ 12MP camera or USB digital camera
  • Mono runtime (installed with GBTPi)
  • (temporary) screen, keyboard and mouse for initial setup
  • (optional) VNC Viewer or TeamViewer (free version) for remote desktop operation