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Arsenal 2 Getting Started with a Basic Timelapse
Arsenal 2 Getting Started with a Basic Timelapse

Arsenal will trigger the shots for you, but you have full manual control of your settings.

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With the Basic timelapse feature, Arsenal 2 will trigger the shots for you and continuously render a video preview of your timelapse while giving you full manual control of your settings. Basic Timelapse mode also, lets you enable your camera’s auto-exposure modes such as aperture priority or shutter priority. 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.

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. Click on Custom and select Basic.

2. Enable Live View

To enable live view, tap the eye-shaped icon in the upper right corner of the app. Your camera’s live view will appear in the app. While timelapse is shooting, you will see a preview of the timelapse in the live view screen. You can hit the play button to preview 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. Set your Camera’s settings

Use the sliders to set your starting EV, (S) Shutter speed, (F) Aperture, and ISO levels. These can be adjusted as you shoot the timelapse.

6. Start and stop your timelapse

To start your timelapse, tap the shutter button once. Arsenal 2 will shoot until you tell it to stop or it reaches the maximum number of shots you set. To stop the timelapse, tap the shutter button in the app again.

7. 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.

Check out this in-depth video for best shooting practices for timelapse with Arsenal 2!

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