Evercam Open Source Timelapse

By Marco Herbst
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Free and open source construction timelapse plug-in for RICOH THETA V, take up to 4,500 timelapse pictures.

The team at Evercam has been experimenting with THETA Plug-in technology and has started an open source project to help everyone get started with using 360 images in construction workflows.

Available in THETA Plug-in Store



You can take this base and modify it for your own purposes.


Evercam's Free Construction Timelapse Plug-in For RICOH THETA. Take up to 4,500 timelapse pictures with your RICOH THETA. Enables switching between timelapse and single still image mode.

If you’re interested in timelapse and project management cameras for construction, you should check out the Evercam site.





They will be submitting this plug-in to the store. If you’re not a developer, you can still benefit from this open source plug-in in the near future.

Evercam’s Free Construction Timelapse Plug-in For RICOH THETA



Open source community project from the team at Evercam


  • 60-second delay between pictures
  • disables automatic off and sleep during use


  • Does not require a mobile phone
  • Can switch back to the single-shot mode by pressing the lower mode button to take the camera out of plug-in mode
  • Open source. You can use it as a base for your customized construction workflow


  • Connect camera with USB cable to power source over 2 amps
  • Put into plug-in mode
  • Press the shutter button once
  • Press the shutter button again to stop the timelapse. You can restart
    the timelapse by pressing the shutter button again
  • Press the lower mode button for more than 2 seconds to stop the plug-in


  • If you want to take thousands of pictures, delete all other media
    from your camera prior to use
  • If you want to adjust the shutter volume, use the RICOH THETA mobile app
  • Wi-Fi LED blinks yellow when the plug-in is in use. Speeds up at 30 and 15 seconds prior to the shot
  • Short audio beep at each interval. Cannot turn off the audio beep right now,
    but if you need a silent mode, please put a comment on community.theta360.guide and I’ll add it in
  • When pressing the shutter button to stop picture taking, the yellow Wi-Fi will go away, but one more picture is taken
  • Currently, the faster blinking yellow Wi-Fi continues after the last picture


Motivation for Building

Although the RICOH THETA mobile app is great. Some people do not like to use it onsite as they are trying to streamline a workflow. Some phones may have problems with connection to the mobile app. There are also times when environmental factors such as heavy rain make it inconvenient to use the mobile phone. You can seal the RICOH THETA V in a TW-1 case, but your mobile phone may be exposed.

With a plug-in workflow, the user can also take single pictures of sites before the plug-in is activated.

Train your staff to put the camera into timelapse mode by pressing the lower mode button of the camera, it saves new or infrequent staff the hassle of downloading the mobile app and getting it to work with the camera. In this scenario, you can just give the camera and USB power adapter to a staff member on site at a construction area with simpler instructions - “press lower button” and confirm LED is “Yellow”. You can even put an arrow sticker on the camera to indicate which button to press.

As this plug-in will be open source, it can be a base framework for custom workflow modifications. In the future, people can change the delay and number of pictures in the code and have different plug-ins for different workflows.