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GoPro Telemetry

Parses telemetry from the GPMF track in GoPro cameras (Hero5 and later).

Created for Telemetry Overlay and the Telemetry Extractor for GoPro.

Here's a gallery with cool uses of the GoPro telemetry.

Accepts an object with binary data and timing data. Returns a promise that resolves to a JavaScript object (or optionally to other file formats) with a key for each device that was found. See samples/example.js for a basic implementation.

You must extract the raw GMPF data from the video file first. You can do so with gpmf-extract.

gopro-telemetry expects, as the mandatory first parameter, an object with the following properties:

  • rawData (buffer) The GPMF track of the video file.
  • timing (object) Provides timing information such as starting time, framerate, payload duration... as extracted from gpmf-extract.

An options object and a callback function are additional optional parameters. If a callback is provided, it will receive the extracted data, and the promise will not resolve the result.


$ npm i gopro-telemetry

Use as promise:

const goproTelemetry = require('gopro-telemetry');
const telemetry = await goproTelemetry(input, options); //Get your input with gpmf-extract

Use with callback:

const goproTelemetry = require('gopro-telemetry');
function callback(data) {
  // Do something with the data
const telemetry = await goproTelemetry(input, options, callback);


The options must be an object. The following keys are supported.

  • debug (boolean) Outputs some feedback.
  • tolerant (boolean) Returns data even if format does not match expectations.
  • deviceList (boolean) Returns an object with only the ids and names of found devices. Disables the following options.
  • streamList (boolean) Returns an object with only the keys and names of found streams by device. Disables the following options.
  • device (array of numbers) Filters the results by device id.
  • stream (array of strings) Filters the results by device stream (often a sensor) name. You can find information on what many sensors are called here. By passing GPS, the code will attempt to select the best stream available for GPS data (GPS5 in old cameras, GPS9 in new ones)
  • raw (boolean) Returns the data as close to raw as possible. No matrix transformations, no scaling, no filtering. It does add some custom keys (like interpretSamples) that will help with successive interpretation passes of the data. Disables the following options.
  • repeatSticky (boolean) Puts the sticky values in every sample and deletes the 'sticky' object. This will increase the output size.
  • repeatHeaders (boolean) Instead of a 'values' array, the samples will be returned under their keys, based on the available name and units. This might increase the output size.
  • timeOut (string) By default the code exports both cts (milliseconds since first frame) and date (full date and time). Specify one (cts or date) in order to ignore the other.
  • timeIn (string) By default the code uses MP4 time (local, based on device) for cts and GPS time (UTC) for date. Specify one (MP4 or GPS) in order to ignore the other.
  • mp4header (boolean) The GPMF atom from the header of the mp4 contains data (highlights, video settings) in a slightly different format. This flag will avoid making some of the assumptions we make for the rest of the data, like timing strategies.
  • groupTimes (number/string) Group samples by units of time (milliseconds). For example, if you want one sample per second, pass it 1000. It also accepts the string frames to match the output to the video frame rate. This can drastically reduce the output size. By default, it will interpolate new samples if a time slot is empty.
  • removeGaps (boolean) Will attempt to leave no empty spaces, in terms of cts times, between non-consecutive data sources. Disabled when using GPS time exclusively.
  • disableInterpolation (boolean) Will allow groupTimes to work slightly faster by skipping time slots where there are no samples.
  • disableMerging (boolean) Will allow groupTimes to work slightly faster by selecting one sample per time slot instead of merging them all.
  • smooth (number) Uses the adjacent samples os a sample to smoothen it. For example, a value of 3 would average 3 samples before and 3 samples after each one. This can be a slow process.
  • dateStream (boolean) Creates an additional stream with only date information, no values, to make sure we have timing information of the whole track, even if the selected streams have empty sections.
  • ellipsoid (boolean) On old cameras (pre Hero8) the GPS altitude will be converted by default from WGS84 (World Geodetic System) ellipsoid to sea level with EGM96 (Earth Gravitational Model 1996). Use this option if you prefer the raw ellipsoid values. The newer cameras (Hero 8, Max...) provide the data directly as mean sea level, so this setting does not apply. Altitude corrections require the optional peer dependency egm96-universal. If not present, the result will be as if this option was true.
  • geoidHeight (boolean) Saves altitude corrections between ellipsoid and sea level without applying them, for third party processing. Only relevant when ellipsoid is enabled. Requires the optional peer dependency egm96-universal.
  • GPSPrecision (number) Will filter out GPS samples where the Dilution of Precision (multiplied by 100) is higher than specified (under 500 should be good).
  • GPSFix (number) Will filter out GPS samples where the type of GPS lock is lower than specified (0: no lock, 2: 2D lock, 3: 3D Lock).
  • WrongSpeed (number) Will filter out GPS positions that generate higher speeds than indicated in meters per second. This acts on a sample to sample basis, so in order to avoid ignoring generally good samples that produce high speeds due to noise, it is important to set a generous (high) value.
  • preset (string) Will convert the final output to the specified format. Some formats will force certain options. See details below.
  • name (string) Some preset formats (gpx) accept a name value that will be included in the file.
  • decimalPlaces (number) Sets Decimal Places on Number Values. For GPS coordinates, 6 decimal places is roughly 10cm of precision, 9 would be sufficient for professional survey-grade GPS coordinates.
  • progress (function) Function to execute when progress (between 0 and 1) is made in the extraction process. Not proportional.
  • comment (boolean) Add comments to formats like GPX or KML with fields they do not strictly support, like recorded speed.

All options default to null/false. Using filters to retrieve the desired results reduces the processing time.


const telemetry = await goproTelemetry(
  { rawData, timing },
  { stream: ['ACCL'], repeatSticky: true }

This slightly more comprehensive example includes the data extraction step with gpmf-extract.

const gpmfExtract = require('gpmf-extract');
const goproTelemetry = require(`gopro-telemetry`);
const fs = require('fs');

const file = fs.readFileSync('path_to_your_file.mp4');

  .then(extracted => {
    goproTelemetry(extracted, {}, telemetry => {
      fs.writeFileSync('output_path.json', JSON.stringify(telemetry));
      console.log('Telemetry saved as JSON');
  .catch(error => console.error(error));

timing object structure:

{ frameDuration: 0.03336666666666667,
  videoDuration: 480,
  start: 2017-04-17T19:27:57.000Z,//Date object
   [ { cts: 0, duration: 1001 },//Starting point and duration in milliseconds
     { cts: 1001, duration: 1001 },
     { cts: 2002, duration: 1001 },
     { cts: 3003, duration: 1001 },
     { cts: 4004, duration: 1001 } ] }


The output with the default options looks like this:

{ deviceId : {
    data about the device : values,
    streams : {
      stream_key : {
        data about the samples : values,
        samples : [
            cts : time from start,
            date : time and date,
            value : sample
            sticky : {
              name : value
            cts : time from start,
            date : time and date,
            value : sample

Sticky values apply to all successive samples. You can export them to the outer object of all samples with the repeatSticky option.

Available data

Depending on the camera, model, settings and accessories, these are some of the available data:

  • GPS location (deg, m)
  • GPS speed (m/s)
  • Accelerometer (m/s²)
  • Gyroscope (rad/s)
  • ISO
  • Shutter Speed (s)
  • Timestamps (µs)
  • Magnetometer (µT)
  • Face detection
  • White balance (ºK or RGB)
  • Luma
  • Hue
  • Image uniformity
  • Scene classifier
  • Camera Orientation
  • Image Orientation
  • Gravity Vector (useful for Pitch, Roll and Yaw)
  • Audio levels
  • Wind detection
  • Mic wet detection
  • And more

This project is possible thanks to the gpmf-parser documentation, open sourced by GoPro.


These are the available preset formats:

  • gpx (.gpx) GPS Exchange format (returns as string). Compatible with many maps systems. For a quick visualization you can use the DJI SRT Viewer. Will force the stream filter to be GPS and will use ellipsoid altitude if not specified.
  • kml (.kml) Keyhole Markup Language (returns as string). Compatible with Google Earth. Will force the stream filter to be GPS.
  • geojson (.json / .geojson) Open standard format designed for representing simple geographical features. Will force the stream filter to be GPS, the timeOut to be null (output both cts and date) and will use ellipsoid altitude if not specified.
  • csv (.csv) Comma separated values, readable by Excel and other spreadsheet software. Will return an object with a CSV formatted string for every stream in every device (except when filters are present).
  • mgjson (.mgjson) Format for Adobe After Effects. The file can be imported as standard footage and will generate data streams to link properties/effects to. See how to use data in After Effects here.
  • virb (.gpx) Just like GPX but with small changes for compatibility with Garmin's Virb Edit video editing software. Based on Garmin's Trackpoint Extension. Also supports the the stream filter to be ACCL, which will create a GPX file with empty location data but valid acceleration data, based on Garmin's Acceleration Extension. Both GPS and accelerometer are not allowed at the same time, for now. Will use MP4 time if timeIn is not specified.

Merging consecutive files

GoPros split very long videos in multiple files. In order to generate a single metadata output you can provide the data as an array of objects with data and timing information. Note that usually the last 1-2 seconds of a video file do not include metadata. In some cases this might create a noticeable gap.

const telemetry = await goproTelemetry([
  { rawData: file1Data, timing: file1Timing },
  { rawData: file2Data, timing: file2Timing }

Reusing parsed data

The first step in the parsing process is usually the most resource-intensive. To avoid repeating it if you want to apply different options to the same input, you can retrieve the parsed data by using the raw option and pass it to in the successive calls as parsedData instead of rawData.

const parsedData = await goproTelemetry({ rawData, timing }, { raw: true });
const telemetry = await goproTelemetry({ parsedData, timing });

The 'raw' data option is sensitive to the options: device, stream, deviceList, streamList, tolerant, debug and indirectly to some presets. Meaning this approach should not be used if any of these options is going to change between calls.

Altitude correction

Altitude data in old cameras was not recorded as mean-sea-level. The library tries to correct for this automatically, or if requested through the options. For altitude correction to work the optional peer dependency egm96-universal must be installed.

MP4 header data

Additionally to the GPMF track, the mp4 header contains a GPMF atom embedded within the 'udta' atom. It contains, for example, manual and atomated highlight tags and video settings. Its structure is slightly different to the common GPMF track, so some different (and opinionated) interpretation is applied when the mp4header option is used.

More creative coding

If you liked this you might like some of my app prototyping.


Please make your changes to the dev branch, so that automated tests can be run before merging to master. Also, if possible, provide tests for new functionality.


  • removeGaps breaks joining streams in some conditions (GRAV to CSV)
  • removeGaps also removes small initial gap of first file
  • Don't group times to frame rate if known rate of stream is already frame rate (GRAV, CORI...)
  • Review CSV conversion (when only 1 sticky value, it does not print)
  • Adjust grouping times better to frame cts (fixing_grouptimes branch)
  • Streams look out of sync some times, improve timing accuracy?
  • GroupTimes higher than 1000 and disableMerging seem not to work (produces large files)
  • Test rmrkToNameUnits
  • Test different approaches to consecutive file timing, including removeGaps
  • Test for WrongSpeed filter

Maybe To-Do


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