Octopi – Timelapse – Camera Setting

I recently covered how to remove the octopus from your time lapse in my article here.  Another setting that I had to change was the camera resolution.  I’m only using a $5 Raspberry Pi camera from Ebay but it is much better than the defaults used by Octopi.

You will need to SSH into your Raspberry Pi.

You will need to install Putty or WinSCP to SSH into your Raspberry Pi.  I will not cover that in this tutorial.  If you are not sure how to SSH into your Raspberry Pi, go learn how to do that and come back here.  There are thousands of tutorials on the internet but basically you will enter the IP address and SSH port number (typically 22) and your username and password to get to the terminal.

Once at the terminal, you will need to type the following command to get to the correct directory.

cd /boot/

Next, type the command to open the octopi.txt file to change the resolution and fps settings.

sudo nano octopi.txt

Edit the octopi.txt file by pressing down on the keyboard until you get to the #camera_raspi_options=”-fps 10″ setting.  Create a line under this comment using the code below.

camera_raspi_options="-fps 10 -x 1280 -y 720"

Press Control+X to exit.  Save the file and reboot your Raspberry Pi.

You are done.  Enjoy the updated resolution settings.


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