Arsenal’s timelapse screen makes it easy to capture a series of shots over a specified period time. While your timelapse is recording, the Arsenal app allows you to watch a high-resolution preview video of your timelapse. 

In a future software update, Arsenal’s Holy Grail feature will automatically adjust exposure settings in changing light to create smooth transitions, such as from day to night.

For a step-by-step guide on capturing timelapses with Arsenal, check out Getting Started with Timelapse Mode.

How It Works

Arsenal’s timelapse screen allows you to specify the two settings that determine the speed and duration of your timelapse: the interval between shots, and the total number of shots. You can also use the app to choose your preferred exposure settings. 

Each timelapse frame is saved in full resolution on your camera’s memory card. Arsenal also caches a preview image of each frame. Once several shots have been recorded, you can play back a preview video of those frames from the app.

Once a timelapse is started, your phone is no longer needed by Arsenal; you can leave with your phone and timelapse capture will continue. If you return while the timelapse is still recording, you can reconnect the app to Arsenal to check your progress.

Basic Timelapse

The basic exposure tab allows you to set timelapse exposure settings manually or using your camera’s built-in metering.

Full Manual Exposure

By setting your camera to full manual exposure (using your camera’s mode dial or by selecting “M” from the creative mode dial on the timelapse screen), you can manually select a shutter speed, aperture, and ISO for your timelapse. 

With fully manual exposure, these settings will remain fixed for your entire timelapse. The advantage of this approach is that each shot will be identically exposed, creating consistency. The disadvantage is that your scene will become over- or under-exposed if scene brightness changes over time unless you manually change settings.

Built-in Metering

By setting your camera to Aperture or Shutter Priority (using your camera’s mode dial or by selecting the corresponding mode from the creative mode dial on the timelapse screen), Arsenal will use your camera’s built-in metering to set the exposure for each shot in your timelapse. 

The advantage of this approach is that all shots will be accurately exposed according to your camera’s light meter, even if scene brightness changes. However, this may prevent you from achieving a desired effect, such as the timelapse darkening at sunset.

Holy Grail Timelapse (coming soon)

A future software update will enable Holy Grail, Arsenal’s intelligent exposure calculation algorithm. With Holy Grail, Arsenal will monitor ambient conditions to identify changes in scene brightness over time. It will then determine settings for each new shot to achieve smooth transitions, such as from day-to-night.

Features and Capabilities

Live View

See a live preview of your timelapse wirelessly on your phone. 

Focus Control

Remotely focus your camera’s autofocus lens. You can select a single focus point, multiple points to get in focus, or tell Arsenal to optimize focus for the entire scene.

Run Time Calculation

See how long it will take to capture your timelapse based on your selected interval and number of shots.

Play Time Calculation

Know how long it will take to play back your finished timelapse at a frame rate of 24 frames per second.

Exposure Control

Set your preferred exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, and/or light sensitivity (ISO). 

Creative Mode Control

Change your camera’s creative mode (e.g. shutter priority, aperture priority) from the Arsenal Remote app. 

Remote Trigger

Start and stop your timelapse wirelessly from your smartphone.

Timelapse Preview

Watch a high-definition (1080p) preview video of your timelapse while it is being captured.

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