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  • Afidus App and user guide to starting your first timelapse

    Let's get you up and running with the Afidus Time Lapse Camera system. In this start-up video we walk you through the Afidus App download, Wi-Fi Connection, Zoom and Focus check, and how to deploy your your first timelapse. There are a lot of tips and tricks to share with you on this system. Join us on your journey as we continue to share our knowledge using the Afidus Time Lapse Camera system. Be sure to check out the extensive user guide posted at: https://www.afiduscam.com/userguide iOS Users March 2021 iOS user connection update. iOS users see an extra (pesky) notice. When you see a BLUE CHECK MARK you are connected, head over to the Afidus App for full control of the camera. There are a couple of TIPS for connection: Always start with a fresh set of brand name batteries (Energizer Max) and the manufacturer supplied 16mb mSD card installed. If the app become unresponsive, refresh the app by closing it and opening it. If the connection continues to spin and is unresponsive, refresh it by turning the Wi-Fi off for 2-5 seconds. Then turn back on. Wait for the blue check mark to appear next to the camera in the network. Then head over to the Afidus App. If the camera does not connect, head back to settings and “forget” the wifi network. Then enter our TLC camera password, 87654321. Delete and the app Restart your mobile device Reinstall the Afidus App Try the connection again

  • Daylight Savings Time and Firmware update reminder

    It's camera check time friends. This week is the perfect time to schedule a camera check. These recommended monthly checks are part of our "best practices" for camera operation. This one in particular is pretty critical to cover the daylight savings time jump in time. We say, fire up that cam and “Check those Bat’s and Stats”. All battery operated cameras running a scheduler will need to be checked this week to ensure they are running spot on schedule. Get your Energizer Bunny Batteries out and replace as needed. Change out those cards, archive and save your content, and most especially, know the camera will automatically sync to the correct time-but not until it is connected to the app. Otherwise, the camera will record an hour off if you are using scheduled recording. Helpful reminder: Firmware update. Here's the shorty on the steps: Keep your camera off and not connected to Wi-fi Open up the Afidus Time Lapse App app first Download the firmware Power Camera on and connect to wi-fi Open the Afidus Time Lapse App Settings > Firmware > Update, wait for the series of beeps to be complete and follow the reconnection connection process. This video guides you through the process. The firmware in this video is an older version however the process remains the same. As always, please reach out to us for your questions and we will be there to assist you.

  • CONNECTING TO WIFI

    This article is for users connecting to the camera for the first time. Always start with a fresh set of brand name batteries (Energizer Max) and the manufacturer supplied 16mb mSD card installed. Power on your camera by holding down the power button until you hear a “beep”. The LED will light green to indicate power is on, and the camera is broadcasting its Wifi signal. Go back to your phone and search for the cameras Wifi network. It will be listed as “ATL200_xxxxxxxxx” (this is the cameras unique ID number). Connect your phone to this network and enter the TimeLapseCamera password “87654321”. ​ *Important* - Do not do anything for 30 secs as you might get a message saying “this wifi connection does not have an internet connection”. This is an extra (pesky) notice iOS users see. When you see a BLUE CHECK MARK you are connected and you can proceed to open the app. Make sure you hit “ok” otherwise the camera will not connect to your mobile phone / tablet. If the blue check mark does not appear and and the camera appears to bounce from my devises to network, toggle the Wi-Fi off for 3 seconds and back on as seen in this next video released March 2021 Android user? Read this handy article for trouble shooting the Android Connection when you receive the "Opps change your Wi-Fi network message" Other TIPS to try: If the app become unresponsive, refresh the app by closing it and restarting it. If the connection continues to spin and is unresponsive, refresh it by closing the mobile device settings app down and reopen it. Start the app and try again. If the camera does not connect, head back to settings and “forget” the wifi network. Delete the app Restart your mobile device Reinstall the Afidus App Try the connection again If you did not purchase your camera from us: Due to new government GDPR rules (General Data Protection) you might be asked to change your password to a new, personal one. You will be instructed by the App to enter a new password. Once this is done, go back to your wifi network list and click “Forget Network” for your ATL. Lastly, simply reconnect to the ATL-xxxxxxx network using your new, personal password. You should now have a connection between your camera and your phone / tablet. To test this, go to the App main screen and tap the bottom left icon “Camera”. If successful, you should be taken to the viewfinder and settings screen of the App. November 2019 passwords are a mandatory change required by GDPR Please note: the camera will automatically turn off its Wifi after 4 minutes of wifi inactivity. This is indicated by the camera emitting a long beep and then it will shut down. ​ HELP!!! MY CAMERA STILL WONT CONNECT!!! If, by accident you entered the manufacturer password (12345678) your camera will not connect to WiFi. To resolve this, please forget the camera connection in your settings and enter the current TimeLapseCamera password, 87654321.

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  • Macro / Growth | Afidus

    macro / growth Go ahead, get close. Now get closer. The Afidus time-lapse camera provides the tool to create. Nature provides the content. The combination equals endless potential. Want access into the microscopic wonders and beauty of the natural world? The Afidus long-term, time-lapse camera can beautifully capture the detailed developments and activity of insects and flowers, and really anything in the microscopic natural world. From watching grass grow and flowers bloom to documenting the full life cycle of a caterpillar (chrysalis to butterfly), it can create stunning and insightful photography. Set it. Check it. Edit or Share immediately. Set it. Check it. Edit or Share immediately. If you can’t wait to share your video with friends, family, coworkers, and potential clients, use the content as is. If you're more of a perfectionist, refer to the online documentation and how-to videos to edit to your heart’s content. If you can’t wait to share your video with friends, family, coworkers, and potential clients, use the content as is. If you're more of a perfectionist, refer to the online documentation and how-to videos to edit to your heart’s content.

  • PRODUCTS | Afidus

    LET'S COMPARE THE DEETS ! Released January, 2019 ATL-200S ​ LEARN MORE Document your short or long term timelapses with this feature packed camera. The ATL-200 is your professional solution including multiple recording modes and dual zoom, optical 16-35 mm with 4X digital zoom. ​ ​ Released January, 2020 ATL-201 LEARN MORE Capable simplicity defines the second generation timelapse camera from Afidus with amazing low-light capability. The fixed focal point make it the time-saving, go-to solution for quick setup on site without having to focus. let's compare the specs Our handy resource to show you new features introduced with the Afidus ATL-S series. ​ ​ DOWNLOAD SEE THE FOOTAGE FOR YOURSELF Afidus ATL-200 Time Lapse Camera We set up a side-by-side comparison, with identical recording settings, to highlight the best of both models. As you’ll see, both cameras produced amazing footage. ​ The ATL 200 offers a zoom lens similar to 16-35 mm. When you need to zoom and capture detail this is your camera of choice. Other users will appreciate the ease of the ATL-201 with the fixed low light lens. ​ NEW Afidus ATL-201 Time Lapse Camera For every project, you’ll want to choose the right camera for the job. ​ Do you want choose your zoom setting and have the pro-level features of the ATL-200? Or, will you relish in the fixed focus, low-light lens of the ATL-201 * CARD STORAGE * AFIDUS Manufacturer states cameras are compatible up to 128 GB although not all brands have been tested to confirm they are compatible. In most cases using a 64 GB card is more than enough for standard construction projects. We recommend monthly camera checks and archiving content along the way. ON LOCATION Clamps and mounts are critical to securing your camera on location. See our gallery for ideas in tricky situations. SEE MORE YOU WILL HAVE QUESTIONS WE'RE HERE TO HELP Dive into learning about the camera at our full on-line user guide. ​ We continue to update this section as Afidus add new features with every update. LEARN MORE in the palm of your hand our handy resource available to get you started from first connection, setting your first time lapse and walk through tips through the entire process. DOWNLOAD CREATORS CAN count on an army of cameras to capture your next big project. ​ Offering range and depth, the ability to capture your subject with crisp detail is key to successful project using the Afidus ATL-200 and ATL-201 time lapse cameras. Mag Mount P.S. Don't forget your mount! ​ These cameras were using the Mag Monster during the documentation of the Rochester MN Akkerman tunnel boring project.

  • Preflight Checklist | Afidus

    preflight checklist Deploying the Afidus Time Lapse camera is a process. These handy tips are helpful to ensure and double check the camera has been started for your project. ​ For drone operators this is right up your ally. A simple checklist for the easiest things to do and be reminded of. ​ Prior to your first big project, we recommend taking a few days to get used to the system. Proceed with a series of short term, start ups as you get used to this new process. Basically, your training wheels are on. ​ When you run into questions, give us a call, we're here to help. 1 batts & Stats STEP 1: Check the batts & Stats Always start your projects off with a fresh set of brand new name brand batteries. Energizer Max are the leading brand we recommend. ​ ​ ​ Check to make sure your card is freshly formatted and clear of content. For your first time lapse (and for your regular time lapse project) there is no need to use a different card. We recommend using the manufactured supplied Sansdisc Ultra [HC 1] 16GB mSD card. These cameras must use a card with slower write speed. BEST BATTERIES BEST CARDS If it's been a while in the field or resting on the shelf, now is a great time to check for any firmware updates. ​ FIRMWARE 2 mount + frame + FOCUS STEP 2: mount IT, frame IT, FOCUS IT mount it securely Mount in a solid secure location. Duct tape maybe nice but not recommended friends. Zip ties will do in a pinch for short term situations. For the long haul we love using the Clamp Monster. ​ frame the scene Frame your shot. Remember to rotate your mobile device vertically horizontally and pinch zoom. Helpful tip: turn the grid view on and check the wide angle correction to see which appeals best for your scene. ​ focuS check For Afidus ATL-200/200S only. Pinch zoom your screen to check the focus. ​ ​ FOCUS CHECK SNAPSHOT FOR IMAGE ALIGNMENT Use the snapshot feature within the APP and review the photo saved for focus. Check it. If it’s not clear on your screen it will not be clear on your video. This step doubles as the photo for the image alignment process-which when you service your camera at a later date comes in handy. IMAGE ALIGNMENT 3 schedule + screenshots ​ STEP 3: set, take screen shots & start it set the schedule If you are using calendar scheduling select the days you wish to record but turning the days ON to blue. Set the working hours you wish to record. Select Set. To confirm them there will be an audible "beep" and check mark that pops up. ​ ​ ​ ​ TAKE screenshots Of all setup screens: App screen, Information, Menu screen, and finally (if you didn't do it above to check your focus) take a Snapshot (critical). Why: because this will help you at the next camera check (within a month) to recall your settings. ​ ​ ​ ​ Start it To start your recording select the standard timelapse mode to record in. Remember, any other recording mode is in the "Creative" recording mode category. SCHEDULE IT DEPLOY IT 4 DEPLOY STEP 4:depLOY Start it To start your recording select the standard Time Lapse mode to record in. ​ ​ Remember, any other recording mode is in the "Creative" recording mode category. 5 listen + look STEP 4: listen & look When you start your recording; Listen for the audible "BEEP-BEEP", Look and confirm the green LED light blinking approximately every 5 seconds. DEPLOYED NOTE: If you do not hear an audible "BEEP-BEEP" this is a false start. Simply long press the power button. Reconnect with WiFi. Start the app and start the record process again. The camera is depolyed when you hear the audible "Beep-Beep", see the checkmark on the confirmation screen, the app closes, and the LED will blink as stated above. camera check 6 camera check when & what to bring with you STEP 6: check IT We recommend taking a few days to get used to the system prior to the start of your project. In your first series of time lapse you are getting used to this new system. Basically, your training wheels are on. As you get familiar with the system continue with the LED visual checks. ​ For aggressive projects; "aggressive" meaning any interval duration less than 20 second for more than 8 hours a day we recommend more frequent visual camera checks. ​ If you are a seasoned pro-user, we especially recommend checking the cameras after inclement weather and on highly active sites. WHEN TO CHECK When you are in the field and on the job-site checking your camera there are a few extra handy items to bring. ​ These essential items include: Batteries, Cards, Clamps and mSD cord. ​ We have outlined these essential and extra items in this article as a just in case. WHAT TO BRING 7 TRANSFER ​ STEP 7: TRANSFER & save it This next phase is where all the magic happens. Stop the recording with a long press of the power button. ​ Power down the camera. Remove the card from the camera unit. ​ TRANSFER FOOTAGE in the palm of your hand our handy resource available to get you started from first connection, setting your first time lapse and walk through tips through the entire process. DOWNLOAD

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