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Arsenal 2 Getting Started on SmartLapse with Custom Intervals
Arsenal 2 Getting Started on SmartLapse with Custom Intervals

Control the timelapse interval, and number of shots, while taking advantage of Arsenal 2's auto-exposure model

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SmartLapse with custom intervals allows you to take advantage of Arsenal 2’s auto-exposure model while having control over the number of shots and the interval between them. You can even start your timelapse, then disconnect from Arsenal 2 through the app, and it will continue shooting until the specified number of shots has been met. This means you don't have to worry about being out of range away from Arsenal 2 while shooting a timelapse.

Get ready to shoot a SmartLapse with Custom Intervals

Before shooting, always make sure that:

  • The camera is powered on

  • The Arsenal 2 is powered on

  • The camera is connected via USB cable to Arsenal 2’s left port

  • Camera is set to Manual Mode

1. Switch to the Timelapse screen

Open the Arsenal 2 app and swipe the mode slider at the very bottom of the screen to Timelapse.

To access the Custom function for a SmartLapse click “Custom” to the right of the “SmartLapse” button.

Click on Fixed if your camera is stationary on your tripod.

Click on Slider if your camera is attached to a slider.

To use a Slider, plug your Slider into the trigger port on your camera.

External trigger port: Arsenal 2 manages exposure and settings while your slider or pan/tilt rig triggers shots through your camera’s trigger port.

Set your number of “Anticipated number of shots.”

2. Enable Live View

To enable live view, tap the eye-shaped icon in the upper right corner of the app. While the Smartlapse is shooting, you will see a preview of the timelapse in the live view screen. You can hit the play button to review the video.

3. Compose Your Shot

Place your camera and tripod to compose your shot. When getting started, we recommend having a subject in the foreground so you can test Arsenal 2’s various features.

4. Tap to Focus

To select a focus point, simply tap on the live view image. A target will show the point you selected, and turn green once focused.

5. Start and Stop Your Timelapse

To start your timelapse, tap the shutter button once. If you would like to stop the timelapse at any point you can click the trigger button again to pause or stop. Arsenal 2 will automatically stop any timelapse when it reaches the maximum number of shots you set.

6. Share or Save your Timelapse

Once you’ve ended your timelapse, tap the thumbnail in the lower right corner to view the finished timelapse video. To share or save the timelapse video, tap the share icon in the lower-left corner of the screen and choose where you’d like to share or save the video. You can view the rest of the gallery images and the individual shots captured to create your timelapse by clicking on the Gallery icon in the upper right corner of this same image review screen.

To save your timelapses to your phone automatically, navigate to the Settings screen and click “MANAGE” under the PHOTO STORAGE section and select if you’d like to have Arsenal 2 automatically save the final timelapse videos to your phone, Arsenal 2’s internal Micro SD card or both. You can also have Arsenal 2 save the individual images used to create the timelapse to your phone, Arsenal 2’s internal Micro SD card or both.

Please note: we recommend checking your saving options prior to shooting to ensure your timelapse is saved to the onboard Micro SD card and/or your phone, as the timelapse preview that Arsenal 2 creates is only saved to the device in temp storage until you adjust your preferences in the settings menu.

If you plan on shooting an extended timelapse of more than a couple of hours we suggest attaching a power bank or battery pack to Arsenal 2 to ensure it continues shooting throughout.

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