Arsenal’s Timelapse Mode automatically captures a series of shots over time and lets you preview the results. 

Note: A future software update will enable Arsenal's Holy Grail feature, the ability to automatically adjust exposure settings in changing light and create a smooth day-to-night transition. 

Get ready to shoot with Arsenal

Before shooting, always make sure that:

  • Camera is powered on
  • Arsenal is powered on
  • Camera is connected via USB cable to Arsenal’s left port

Switch to the Timelapse screen

Open the Arsenal app and swipe the mode slider at the very bottom of the screen to Timelapse.

Prepare your shot

Enable Live View, compose your shot, and set your focus point(s). For details on these steps, see Getting Started: Smart Mode.

Note: you do not need to disable settings for stacking or blending. These are only applied in Smart and Manual mode.

Set your timelapse interval

Adjust the Interval slider to set the amount of time between each shot. Generally speaking, a shorter interval is best when your scene is changing quickly. A longer interval is useful when you want to capture a gradual change over a long period of time.

Set the number of shots

Adjust the Number of Shots slider to choose the total number of images in your timelapse. 

Check your Run Time & Play Time

Run Time indicates how long it will take to capture your timelapse with the selected interval and number of shots. As you move the sliders you'll see the Run Time change. 

For example:
10-second interval X 240 shots = 40 minute Run Time
30-second interval X 240 shots = 2 hour Run Time
1-minute interval X 240 shots = 4 hour Run Time

When choosing a Run Time, keep in mind the battery levels on your camera & Arsenal. If you have an external USB battery pack, you can charge Arsenal while the timelapse is running.

Play Time indicates how long your timelapse video will be at 24 frames per second (fps) based on the number of shots you selected. Interval between shots does not affect the Play Time.

For example:
10-second interval X 100 shots = 4-second Play Time @ 24fps
10-second interval X 200 shots = 8-second Play Time @ 24fps
1-minute interval X 500 shots = 21-second Play Time @ 24fps

Choose manual settings

Currently, you’ll need to choose your timelapse settings manually. Select your exposure compensation (EV), shutter speed (S), aperture (F), and light sensitivity (ISO). 

Coming soon: Holy Grail

A future software update will enable Arsenal to intelligently adjust your exposure in changing light to create smooth day-to-night transitions. This feature is already built, but we need more training data to make sure it’s ready for release. 

Start and stop your timelapse

When you’re ready to begin your timelapse, tap the shutter button once. Arsenal will begin taking each shot at the interval you specified until the timelapse is complete -- or until you cancel the timelapse. To cancel the timelapse, tap the shutter button again.

Once the timelapse is recording, Arsenal no longer needs your phone. You can leave and come back later without interrupting the timelapse; your phone does not need to stay within 100 feet of the camera.

While Arsenal is working on your timelapse, you won’t be able to use the app for anything else. However, it’s fine to use other apps on your phone. 

Important: before starting a long timelapse, ensure that both your camera and Arsenal battery are fully charged. 

Preview your timelapse

To see a live preview of your timelapse while it’s recording, tap the play button on the preview image.  Keep in mind that the preview will be very short until many shots are captured. 

Assemble your timelapse

Arsenal saves each full-resolution image to your camera’s SD card. Currently, Arsenal isn’t able to assemble the final timelapse video for you; the temporary preview video is not saved. To turn the still images into a video file, assemble the images afterwards using Adobe After Effects or your preferred timelapse software. 

Learn more

Check out our other Getting Started articles:

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