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Arsenal 2 Getting Started with a Slider for Timelapse
Arsenal 2 Getting Started with a Slider for Timelapse

Slider support for timelapse

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External Triggering (Slider support)

When you select the Slider timelapse option, Arsenal 2 will wait for an external device to trigger the camera, such as a motorized slider or pan/tilt rig. Once triggered, it will pull in the shot, add the frame to the video preview, and select/update settings for the next shot. Within the Slider menu, you have the same Auto, Holy Grail, and Basic options as in the Fixed Timelapse menu.

Attach your slider or external trigger into the trigger port on your camera. Arsenal 2 manages exposure and settings while your slider or pan/tilt rig triggers shots through your camera’s trigger port. You also have the option to trigger by using the camera’s main trigger button.

1. Switch to the Timelapse screen and click on Slider

Open the Arsenal 2 app and swipe the mode slider at the very bottom of the screen to Timelapse. Select Custom and then Slider. You can use any of the camera settings, Auto, Holy Grail, or Basic with a Slider.

Set your Anticipated Number of Shots.

Note: To start and stop the timelapse so that Arsenal 2 can manage changes in exposure and generate a video, click on the shutter button through the app. All intervaled shots are triggered manually by you or by the Slider’s intervalometer.

Once you’ve selected Fixed or Slider

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.

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

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