GoPro control [ELEMNT]

Second generation ELEMNT computers can pair and control a single GoPro action camera via Bluetooth.  A GoPro Control Page is added to the end of the page stack when a compatible GoPro camera is paired as a sensor.  The ELEMNT will not switch to that page automatically.

Compatibility

  • BOLT v2 or ROAM v2

 

Requirements

  • ELEMNT BOLT v2 or ROAM v2 Firmware version: XXX+
  • ELEMNT app version XXX+
  • A single GoPro camera. Only one GoPro can be paired at a time.

 

GoPro camera models supported

  • Hero 9, 10, 11*, and 12
    • *Hero 11 Mini is excluded.

 

Enable the feature - Setup

  1. Ensure ELEMNT firmware is up to date on version XXX+
  2. Pair the GoPro to the ELEMNT computer.
    1. On the camera:
      1. Check directions by model from this list. The camera-side pairing process mirrors that of the Quik App.
      2.  For best use, on the GoPro settings page, make sure that the control mode is set to 'PRO' instead of 'EASY'
    2. Then, on the ELEMNT
        1. Tap the power button to access the Menu page.
        2. Use the right side buttons to scroll down to Sensors > Add New.
        3. Select the GoPro from the list of available sensors.
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Sensor Menu / Sensor detail pages

Once paired and actively connected, the GoPro will appear in the Sensors list on the Menu page. The current camera mode will be shown under the sensor.  Camera battery percentage and camera mode will be shown in GoPro's sensor details page. Camera mode can be toggled using the right front button.

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GoPro Control page

The GoPro Control page, which will be visible if a camera is connecting, actively connected, or has been in an actively connected after a ride has been started*, is added to the end of the page stack, and will display:

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  • Recording time / photos remaining (based on SD card capacity)
  • Camera battery status
  • Currently selected camera mode: Video, Photo, Time lapse, and custom modes (based on camera mode presets)
    • Toggled by using the left front button.
    • Video
      • duration of video currently recording OR
      • number of video files captured
    • Photo
      • number of image files captured
    • Time Lapse
      • duration of time laps currently recording OR
      • number of time lapse files captured
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  • Currently selected camera settings
    • Toggled using the right side buttons
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  • A shutter button
    • Actuated using the middle front button
    • Will blink red when recording
    • Video / Time lapse - toggle recording on/off
    • Photo - capture image

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  • * While asleep, either from Auto-Off, the SLEEP button on the ELEMNT, or manually turning the GoPro off, the GoPro will shows as disconnected.

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Sleep/standby/off and Reconnect

When a GoPro is actively connected, you can put the camera in sleep/standby mode using the left front button when the GoPro line item under Sensors on the Menu page or in the GoPro's sensor details page. 

If Auto-Off is set to greater than 90 seconds, the computer will not go to sleep/standby mode automatically.

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For Hero 9, 10, and 11 -- While asleep, either from Auto-Off, the SLEEP button on the ELEMNT, or manually turning the GoPro off, you can waken/re-connect using the CONNECT button (left front button when the GoPro line item is selected under Sensors on the Menu page, or center button when on the GoPro sensor details page or GoPro Control page. If not previously connected during the ride, connecting the camera on the his button will also make the GoPro Control page visible again.

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For Hero 12, there is no CONNECT option under Sensors on the Menu page.  It is found only on the sensor details page or GoPro Control page.

Due to a GoPro firmware limitation, if a Hero 12 goes to sleep/time out, the camera must be set into Quik App pairing mode again before attempting to use the CONNECT buttons on the ELEMNT.

Troubleshooting

Pairing/control connection issues

  • The GoPro camera must be placed into pairing mode as described in this GoPro documentation, before pairing the camera on the ELEMNT.  The camera-side pairing process for ELEMNT is the same as that of the Quik App. Failing to do so will result in a camera that appears to be paired, but will not properly connect.
  • If the ELEMNT is unpaired from your phone, GoPro will need to be forgotten from the ELEMNT and re-paired to function properly.
  • If a Hero 12 goes to sleep/time out, the camera must be set into pairing mode again before attempting to use the CONNECT buttons on the ELEMNT.
  1. Ensure your ELEMNT's firmware is up to date.
  2. Forget the GoPro, ensure that it is properly set in Quick App pairing mode, then re-add as a sensor on the ELEMNT.
  3. If unresolved, reset Wireless Connections on the GoPro and try again.

 

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