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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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  • ATL-200S | Afidus

    FULLY LOADED AFIDUS ATL-200S You asked for a camera with features. You asked for zoom and macro focus. You asked for a great time lapse camera. Afidus delivered. BUY NOW The Afidus ATL-200 is an exciting new long term time lapse camera. It has been a long wait for an innovative camera, the wait is finally over. Getting a long term camera to 1080 has been challenging, Afidus did it and added so much more. The creative aspect of a optical zoom lens with autofocus alone is a game changer. Finally, frame the scene you want without the cost of optional lenses. This page only scratches the surface, there are five recording modes, including stop motion. Explore the site and discover the potential. TimeLapseCameras.com is the exclusive retailer for the Afidus camera in North America. Afidus chose us because of our customer care reputation, wealth of product knowledge and experience with long term time lapse cameras. We have been working with Afidus for since October of 2018 on testing and product improvement, to deliver a great new camera to you. This is our micro-site dedicated to in-depth and accurate information regarding this amazing new camera. MEDIA FLYER Afidus ATL-200S Time Lapse Camera Features Full HD 1080 Sensor 1080 in a long term camera MP4 MP4 video file format Rotate 0/90/180/270 degrees of rotation in app preview Dual Zoom Lens 16-35mm equivalent with 4X Digital Zoom (ATL-200S only ) H. 265 Efficiency Codec Choose which compression from Compatible to Efficiency Appointment Start your camera on a specific day. Wi-Fi App Control with full screen preview Motion Detection Surveillance, nature, traffic (ATL-200/200S only ) Batch Program Preprogram the camera using different settings for weekdays and weekend recordings. COMPARE ​ I want to see this! GET YOURS Now this is awesome! LEARN MORE Feed your brain with information ATL-200S CAMERA IMAGES take a peek {hover over images} Motion Sensor Power / Wi-Fi On Start / Stop Recording Manually Sony HDR Sensor Micro USB Port Wi-Fi / Battery / Capture Indicator 16-35mm Optical Zoom Lens 1/4" X 20 Standard Tripod Mount Out of gallery DISCOVER Long Term Time Lapse ​ 79 days of restaurant construction with only two battery changes! ​ SPECIFICATIONS ATL-200S the nerdy good stuff... * CARD STORAGE * AFIDUS Manufacturer states cameras are compatib le 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. ​ mSD cards above 64gb in size must be formatted in a computer system to FAT32. Review our articles to learn more. LEARN MORE ABOUT WHICH CARDS ARE THE BEST TO USE the shorty on this. Only use SanDisk Ultra speed cards. LEARN MORE LEARN MORE WHICH BATTERIES DO WE RECOMMEND YOU CAN DO THIS TOO Long Term Time Lapse ​ Eleven weeks plant growth on one battery change. ​ NEW FEATURES Innovation in the work field lead to the 200S Camera . Developed. Sensitive. Snappier response in preview, quick to focus loaded with more features. Digital zoom When engaged this will expand the zoom upto 4x the optical zoom range of the camera. Resulting in 16-35 + 40-140 mil range. See our site example. LEARN MORE BACK LIGHT COMPENSATION Located on the first screen within the scene selection. This is best used in situations where the subject is lit from behind. This feature will even out the front and back exposure of the scene. Since the ATL-200S features true tonal HDR scope-if you are using a previous 200 or 201 model the HDR was always set to high. To give you the most responsive dynamic range. For the 200S model the HDR low which is the start of perfection. You can fine-tune this to your scene by adjusting to HDR low, medium and high. ​ Select back light compensation from the Scene menu. Adjust to your satisfaction. ARTICLE digital image stabilization Toggle this ON to engage Digital Image Stabilization, DIS, is used when you need to smooth out your footage due to camera movement. Best used in constant capture at 24 or 30 FPS (frames per second). SPLIT FILES BY DATE This feature is tops in our book and highly requested by 200/201 users. Splitting files by a date means exactly that. All .mp4 files created by the camera will have a file size limited up to 537MB in size. When this feature is engaged, your footage will be separated up to that file size and by date. Meaning for a daily, month long project you will have split files for monday, tuesday etc according to the days that you set. Auto exposure Optimizer Automatic Exposure Optimizer would be used in situations where you would have a higher flicker and quick light changes such as sunrises or sunsets. In short, this feature overrides the 50/60 Hz selection and reduces exposure flicker especially in sunrise/sunset scenario. ​ We recommend turning this ON for short sunset/sunrises time lapses LEARN MORE Rotate 0/90/180/270 We find this handy in a variety of situations. At times on job sites, we install our cameras upside down like bats. Rotating the view 180 from the menu will flip the video in the preview screen allowing you to view it normally, making it a little more convenient for you. For some users the 90 and 270 is an intriguing angle for capturing extremely tall structures. Compression The file size will vary with settings. Efficiency compression is a newer Codec using H.265. equal to 30% smaller files than capturing in Compatible compression mode. ​ We leave this setting at Compatible. ​ If you are an experienced editor and you you know your computer system can handle H.265 then change this to Efficiency. ​ Dive deeper into our extensive article. LEARN MORE RECORDING APPOINTMENT A feature added in July 2021 with the latest firmware update to 4632 for only the ATL-200S/201S models. With this new addition you can set your camera to start recording on a specific date. This is handy in the field when you will set the cameras up on site on a Monday and the project wont start until Friday. We urge you to check this setting from the information screen to confirm it is accurate and you start the camera in the correct year. batch settings If you have a total of two time-lapse photography tasks this month, one during the week and the other during the weekend, you can choose Backup 1 as your week setting, and Backup 2 is your weekend shooting settings. ​ Be sure to check the information screen to ensure you have selected the right programmed Batch for the job you want to record. ​ go ahead ZOOM IN snoop around ​ ​ The freedom to zoom in is one of the "Pro" features of this camera. Two Afidus ATL-200 cameras were posted on top of the Rochester, MN Government center four stories above the entrance hole of the Akkerman tunnel project. Their purpose for the project was to provide the zooming range of the site. Each camera was started within moments of one another. We were lucky to capture these frames match of the moment when the MTBM head was lifted into position on Dec 31st, 2019. CAMERA 1 Afidus ATL-200 zoomed out, equal to 16 mm lens. CAMERA 2 Afidus ATL-200 zoomed in, equal to 36 mm lens. 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 let's compare the specs Our handy resource to show you new features introduced with the Afidus ATL-S series. ​ ​ DOWNLOAD

  • 200S USER GUIDE | Afidus

    ORDER NOW Top of Page QUICK START WiFi Connect Home Screen Screen Icons Setting Menu Recording Modes TIPS Camera Check Chart Interval Settings Battery Life LED Indicator Firmware Update Transfer Footage Edit Everything you need to KNOW IN DETAIL Thank you for purchasing from TimeLapseCameras.com. To get you running with your camera, each camera purchased from TimeLapseCameras has been tested, four AA batteries and a 16GB card are pre-installed for you. Your camera has been optimized for your first project with the following settings: the latest firmware update installed, timestamp turned off, Quality set to +4, 30 fps, 16:9 ratio and the capture interval is set to 10 seconds. ​ To get started first download the App from either Apple or Google. ​ 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 March 2021, iOS user update for Wi-Fi Connection. Tips for iOS. This video is for users who have difficulty connecting to their camera after the first inital pairing with the camera. ​ iOS 14 and later added security connection screens. These notices are informing you the device you are connecting to does not have internet connection. Overall, the key takeaway is, if you receive the “weak security” warning on your iPhone, don’t be alarmed. ​ Once you see the blue checkmark-you are connected. Head over to the Afidus Time Lapse app to continue working with the system. ​ ​ ​ HOW TO This is the place where you can find the answer to: what it is, how to, and the source of information about the Afidus Time Lapse Camera full app functions and how to work with it. << QUICK START When you want to run fast and skip the details. << HOW TO CONNECT TO WI-FI The second step in the process << HOME SCREEN The first landing page. << APP ICONS This is what they mean. << SETTINGS MENU This is where you set the calendar schedule << INTERVAL SETTINGS Constant capture to one hour and why << RECORDING MODES Choose the right one for the job << OPERATING BEST PRACTICES Trust us these quick tips are worth it. << BATTERY LIFE OVERVIEW A quide to gauge how long it will last << LED INDICATOR What the blinks mean << HOW TO UPDATE THE FIRMWARE Come here when you need to update << HOW TO TRANSFER YOUR FOOTAGE This is good to know, you're almost done DOWNLOAD 1 DOWNLOAD THE APP STEP 1: download From either the Apple App store or the Google Play store. 2 Power the camera ON STEP 2: TURN ON Power the camera on with a long press of the power button at the top of the camera. TIP: Start with the manufacturer supplied 16gb Card and Fresh brand new name brand batteries. 3 CONNECT LEARN MORE STEP 3: CONNECT Connect to the camera’s wi-fi network within your device’s wi-fi settings. Look for and select the ATL network. Enter the default password, 87654321. iOS users will see an extra notice underneath their camera ID. When you see the blue check mark, proceed to the App. 4 start the app STEP 4: start the app With the connection established, go to the Afidus app & touch “camera”. The camera controls appear along with a preview of your scene. 5 Allow access STEP 5: allow access IMPORTANT: Be sure to Select OK to allow the Afidus App to communicate with your device. For all iOS users this is: "PLEASE ALLOW ACCESS TO YOUR PHOTO LIBRARY. Otherwise the App will not connect with your device. 6 control TUTORIALS STEP 6: control the camera From here, you have total control of the camera. You can turn your device horizontal for a full screen preview. Tap the screen for zoom and focus controls. The app allows you to set the capture interval, timer, day of the week schedule and much more. 7 start your timelapse TUTORIALS STEP 7: start Start a time lapse video by selecting the record then select Time Lapse Recording Mode. Select record, confirm the settings, tap Ok and you will receive a double beep confirmation. The LED indicator on the top of the camera will flash green every five seconds to verify operation. 8 stop your recording STEP 8: stop your recording To stop a recording, press and hold the top camera power button and wait for a long beep. ​ This activates the Wi-fi hot spot access into the Afidus Time Lapse App At this point, you can either access the camera and check the system. ​ For servicing the camera: (pull card and battery change) POWER DOWN THE CAMERA Long press of the power button ​ After the camera service, restart the recording with your mobile device by connecting to Wifi in Step 2 HOME SCREEN CAMERA Select the Camera icon to access the camera app features GALLERY To view transferred files on your phone or tablet, simply select the “gallery” icon on the main page. You will be given three ‘types’ of files to choose from – Snapshot, time-lapse, PIR triggered. These folder types are purely there to help you find the file you’re looking for. FIRMWARE Firmware updates are located here, please check this periodically to ensure you are using the most current firmware. SCREEN ICONS APP ICONS EXPLAINED FPS (Frames per Second) Since a video is made up of frames, each photo the camera captures will end up representing one frame in your final video. This is probably best left at 30 FPS. 30 FPS will give you the smoothest playback for your video. INTERVAL This is the time between each shot. More info on this can be found below in the "recording modes explained section" QUALITY This is video quality. The selection is from 1 - 4. It adjusts the bitrate of the image. Lowering this will increase battery life and use less memory, but lessen image quality. This is best left to 4 (high quality). SCENE This adjusts shoot settings for either auto, day or night projects. This may be useful to you if you’re shooting a night scene, but really, this is best left to auto. RESOLUTION You can switch between 1080p or the 720p resolution if required. This is probably best left at "full" 1080 setting. ASPECT RATIO This switches between 16:9 to 1:1 aspect. 1:1 is useful if you're filming instagram videos; otherwise leave this at 16:9 EXPOSURE This adjusts how bright or dark your pictures appear by adjusting the shutter speed of the camera. This is best left to 0. WHITE BALANCE This setting adjusts the colour temperature of your shots to make the image look more natural. Again, best left alone unless you're familiar with photography. CONTRAST Contrast is the difference between the blacks and the whites of your image. High contrast means the blacks are really dark and the whites are really bright. Again, best left alone. SHARPNESS You can either sharpen, or soften your image to your liking. We generally leave this on 0 but +1 (sharpened) can be useful depending on your project. SATURATION Colour saturation is used to describe the intensity of colour in the image. A saturated image has overly bright colours. We generally leave this at 0, but +1 can make colours “pop” a little more. HDR This stands for High Dynamic Range. It means that your camera will process photos slightly differently in order to capture greater detail from bright and dark areas in your photo. We leave this a high setting for best image quality. SETTINGS MENU Digging deeper into the belly and programing of the Afidus Camera App. This is the critical hub location for calendar scheduling, firmware update and unlocking the cameras potential. ​ Updated: March, 2021 Select number for more information SYSTEM: This is the first location where you find your camera serial number and firmware version currently on the camera. SD Card: Check this area for the card usage stats. Selecting FORMAT will format and erase all the content on your card. TIP: we recommend starting your first time lapse with the manufacturer provided 16GB mSD card. LENS CALIBRATION: If you feel your lens is off focus or your camera has suffered a fall then use this. WIDE ANGLE: Switch to ON if you want the Wide Angle Correction turned on. This will remove most of the fish-eye bowing as seen in the widest angle of the view. ARTICLE: Please select the icon to learn more. DIGITAL ZOOM: (ATL-200S model only) Turn this ON to engage the 4X Digital Zoom range of the camera. TIP: Best uses are for Macro time lapse. DIS (DIGITAL IMAGE STABILIZATION: (ATL-200S model only) Engage this feature when you might have slight movement in posting your camera on pole or tree. This will reduce lens camera shake. TIP: Definitely use this in your using constant capture for your interval for a short term drive or walking timelapse project. AE OPTIMIZER: Auto Exposure Optimizer Use this feature in a situation where the light will flicker i.e. sunset/sunrises. It assists with smoothing out the exposure. ROTATE: 0° / 90° / 180° / 270° This feature rotates the footage in the camera saving one more step in the post editing process. TIP: It's handy in those awkward posting situations where you find yourself hanging your camera upside down like a bat. VIDEO COMPRESSION: The file size will vary with settings. A rough answer is; Efficiency compression is equal to 30% smaller files than capturing in Compatible. We leave this setting at Compatible. TIP: Select the image to read our article on Compression Mode ​ SPLIT FILE BY DATE: (ATL-200S/201S model only) A new feature for the Afidus Time Lapse Camera. Turn on to have the files Split by Date. This is handy for weekday scheduling, files of course will be split by date with files sizes up to 532mb in size. This feature is NOT available on the previous ATL-200/201 Models ​ RECYCLE: This is an optional feature. Turn this ON when you are recording repeating events and want to recycle your card. The system will record over the oldest content. Useful in surveillance situations when you are limited to using a 16gb card. TIP: Leave this off we don't want you have content that is written over unless you really want it that way. LED INDICATOR: This is the only external visual indicator on the camera signifying that it is recording or needs to be checked. LED Status Indicator Power on: Green on No SD card: Solid Red System Breakdown: Red flash /1 sec. * Battery Low: Red Flash/10 sec. Firmware update: flash/1 sec. Hardware Reset: flash 3 times ​ Recording Modes: Recording: Green flash/6 sec. Schedule Snapshot On Demand, Step Video: Flash 0.2 sec. x1 PIR, Hybrid: Flash 0.2 sec. x2 Blinking red led? NOW WHAT DO I DO? * If you happen to have a flashing red light 1/sec. then the best course of action would be to remove and change all the batteries to fresh brand name batteries. It doesn't hurt to reseat the card at this time as well. Then continue to power on the camera and connect it to your mobile device using the Wi-fi through your settings menu. TIP: read more about it in our article BUZZER Keep this ON We generally keep this turned on for acknowledgment to ensure the camera is implementing all the changes. For each change you make the camera will have an audible 'Beep'. ​ RECORDING SCHEDULE: This is where the programing magic happens. ​ Custom Time section: Select Custom Time. Which will turn blue when it is on. Scroll the wheel to select your start time and end time. The camera is set to Military Time. Select Set ​ Custom Day section: If you select Custom Day and turn it on (blue) then this will give you an additional option to enter a specific number of days to record. This feature comes in handy when you know you will only need to record for precisely two weeks etc. ​ Weekday section: Select the days you want to record. If the days are gray, the camera will NOT record. In this example you can see both Sunday and Saturday are grayed out. Therefore the camera will record Monday through Friday. ​ Select SET to confirm the camera has been set. You will hear an audible 'beep' and see a visual checkmark confirming this has been set. ​ TIP: You can check the camera's set recording schedule in the information flyout screen. CAPTURE FRAME RATE: New Feature arrived in 2021 Used only with Continuous Interval (selected from the first screen). This will adjust the Frame Rate to what is the speed at which those images are shown, or how fast you “flip” through the book. It’s usually expressed as “frames per second,” or FPS. So if a video is captured and played back at 24fps, that means each second of video shows 24 distinct still images. More information can be read at this ARTICLE On Frame rate for constant Capture TIP: We typically leave this at 30. ​ VIDEO LAPSE LENGTH: Please Pay attention. This is ONLY applicable in the Video Lapse (Creative) Recording Mode. This will record a constant capture video burst set to the duration you choose 3-10 second, spanning the interval of time set from the main screen. Typically, you will not need this feature, unless you intent to do a drivelapse. See Video Lapse under recording modes within this guide for more detailed information. ARTICLE: Quick example of Traveling Video Lapse. TIME STAMP: This is an optional feature useful if you want to include date/time information or include your custom name for your project/business on the video. When this is switched ON you enter your custom text and set the position to where you would like it to be displayed on the video. Select SET to confim this setting. ​ You will then be able to See the this added to your preview screen. ANTI-FLICKER: Various forms of lights flicker at different frequencies. After reviewing your footage, if you notice flickering change the selection from 50hz to 60hz. For more information on this read this great article which diving deeper into how to Avoid Video Flicker. ​ This feature is helpful for routine recording conditions where you will not change your light course. Ie. Workshop, laboratory, Studio, Kitchen or Office Area. WiFi PASSWORD: You can change your camera's password here. Cameras purchased and shipped from us at www.Timelapsecameras.com have their cameras password set to 87654321. BACK UP/APPLY: New Feature introduced in 2021. You can now have presets saved for your settings. If you are a die-hard time lapser using the Afidus camera in consistent daytime or night time custom settings, use this to create a preset for your recording scenarios. RESET: IMPORTANT: if you select this your camera will reset to the manufacuter default settings from Afidus. This means the next time you log in your cameras Wi-Fi password will be reset to 12345678. You will need to forget the camera from your mobile device Wi-Fi network. Enter 12345678 (Afidus defualt password) Once you are connected to the camera, allow access to photos. You will be asked to change the passwork from the defaul to a new one. We recommend keeping it easy, use 87654321. After performing a reset, make sure you double check all of your settings by tapping the (i) info button. Quality, HDR and other configuration options will also have reverted to the factory default. We recommend changing the Quality to +4, HDR Low and Time Stamp off. RECORDING MODES This section briefly describes what each record mode does, and when you might want to use it. (ATL-200S only) (ATL-200S & 201 ) (ATL-200S & 201 ) (ATL-200S only) (ATL-200S & 201 ) PIR Mode (motion sensing) This mode is best suited for wildlife, backyard monitoring, intruder, basically low frequency movement. Should the built-in PIR sensor be triggered, the camera will record a preset length of footage. You can set the length of video the camera records under “burst mode” in the system settings page. The default burst length is 3 secs. The PIR can sense movement up to approx 10m. It’s worth noting, in this mode each time the PIR is triggered, every video the camera shoots will be stored as a separate file under the “PIR” folder section of the gallery. If you want one continuous file for, say, bird watching, the “Hybrid” record mode might be better suited for you. This video presents a walk through on what to expect when using the P.I.R. mode Snapshot Mode This mode takes an image capture with the camera. To operate: You'll need the patience of a saint to make a stop frame animation movie as 1 second of video contains roughly 24 frames, and 1hr of footage contains approx 3600 seconds, so that’s 86,400 frames / hr in total! That’s a lot of work, effort, and time! Snapshots are stored under the snapshot folder of the gallery. The app will collect all the capture and save them to one speedy fast .mp4 video file. If desired, you can further edit video into a final video project on your computer. This mode is also known as stop frame animation This is one of the most challenging creative modes to work with. There is a 1-3 second time delay from when the shutter butten is pressed to when the camera records the photo and is saved to the cameras card. This video highlights the manual operation it of the camera showing what it takes to the generate the captured video before editing. Hybrid Mode Hybrid mode is very useful for recording wildlife, or where the subject matter might occasionally move. It combines the standard time-lapse mode with the PIR sensor mode. e.g. set Interval at 10 minutes and PIR burst mode set at 3 secs The above setting will take a shot every 10 minutes, but each time the PIR senses any movement; the camera will take a 3 second burst video, then return to snapping a shot every 10 minutes. This sequence will continue until you finish your recording. The benefit of this mode is the camera will only produce one video file for the whole project, not individual files as would happen if you used PIR mode. This mode is perfect for recording wildlife. Hybrid video files are stored in the normal time-lapse. Video Lapse Mode This mode takes short video clips at set intervals. You might want to use this mode instead of the normal time-lapse mode if you prefer to watch your project in short bursts of (near) full motion video. Note that the video “burst” length can set in the “system settings” page. The default video clip length (burst) is 3sec. E.g. Set capture interval to 2 minutes and burst mode to 5 secs. The above will produce short 5 second video clips every 2 minutes until you have finished your project. Video files recorded in this mode are stored in the normal time-lapse folder of the gallery. Our favorite uses for this feature are used on Drive Lapses or with the camera is positioned in one corner of the room to document the project steping allong rather than one continuous timelapse. For this video example Ice Out filmed over the course of five days 24/7. Full Article Here >> https://www.afiduscam.com/post/video-lapse Time Lapse This is your standard time-lapse record mode. Choose the interval settings you want to use and off you go. It will record according to the setting you specifiy within the menu flyout. For most projects remaining within the "Minute-to-Win-it" guidlines covers most of the action for a week up to one month long capturing during working hours Monday-Friday 8 am to 5pm. OPERATING BEST PRACTICES First screen of the Afidus App Menu Flyout contains the Setting Menu, Tools and Home Information Screen. This is a critical location to double check all your settings. Image Alignment Tutorial Get to know the Afidus App features and your camera. Test it before you start a larger project. Consider making an easy time lapse test recording at an interval of 10 seconds for 2 hours. ​ Check your card and battery status in the upper right hand corner of the app. Always start your projects with a fresh set of leading name brand batteries and a cleared card. ​ ​ For long term daytime projects, and after inclement weather, we recommend checking your camera more frequently. In most cases, if you are recording during weekday hours Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at an interval of one minute, check your cameras monthly. ​ Use lithium batteries when temperatures drop below 30F/0C to extend the run time and prevent unwanted voltage drops. ​ It is always better to have more footage than not enough. You don’t want an editing nightmare, but you don’t want to wish you had captured more. Many customers come to us and say they have a year long project, only to find out, the major action happens over a few months. Plan for the major action, everything else is a bonus. We are happy to discuss your settings at any time. ​ ​ For a long term project, there is no reason to capture during dusk to dawn hours. Dark-light-dark-light transitions can be annoying in a time lapse. You won’t notice an hour cut out of everyday, concentrate on the best light and save yourself an editing headache. We recommend setting your camera’s timer for daylight hours only. ​ ​ If you need to install your camera a good distance from the ground out of arms reach, install the camera upside down. Use the Afidus App to rotate the footage180 degrees. This allows you to check the LED indicator from the ground. Video link on this feature. ​ Using your mobile device, take screenshots of your settings and a snapshot of the frame using the Afidus App to assist you with repositioning the camera in the event it must be moved. To take a Snapshot and use Image Alignment please watch this video. ​ ​ After selecting record, listen for the "Beep-Beep" audible noise from the camera. Look for the blinking green LED light to verify the camera is recording. Check your cameras. For long term projects we recommend checking your cameras monthly. Arrive to your site with an extra set of batteries and card-just in case. Any job sites can be tricky, you never know when the camera may be bumped or moved from it's initial location. Taking screen shots as mentioned above and using the Snap shot feature from the camera will allow you to match your initial camera position. ​ ​ ​ ​​ preflight checklist GREAT TIPS CARD Cameras purchased direct from TimeLapseCameras have the card already installed. ​ We recommend using only SanDisc Ultra. LEARN MORE BATTERIES Cameras purchased direct from TimeLapseCameras have the batteries already installed. We recommend using only brand name batteries such as Energizer Max or Duracell Optimum. LEARN MORE RECOMMENDED CAMERA CHECKS This handy guide is a great reference on when to do your camera checks while using the Time Lapse Recording Mode. Recording short-term events using an interval of constant capture (30 fps) to 2 seconds is considered a "monitored time lapse recording". With the standard 16gb card your content will fill up (or your batteries will deplete) relatively quickly. ​ We typically recommend the monthly check range as a sweet spot. Using the "Minute to win it" with a capture interval of 1 minute and Monday through Friday with working hours based off an 8-10 hour working day. ​ If you extend your working day to beyond 14 hours or include weekends then we recommend checking more frequently. CAPTURE INTERVAL Constant 2-4 hours Check frequently Great for short term moment events CAPTURE INTERVAL 1-14 seconds daily Check Daily For daily events when you want a ton of content captured ​ CAPTURE INTERVAL 15–45 seconds weekly Check weekly Excellent for enough content to summarize your daily or weekly project CAPTURE INTERVAL 1 minute + monthly Check monthly for battery status and to archive your content All information is based off of a recording time for 8–10 hours per day, Monday – Friday. RECOMENDED INTERVAL SETTINGS For every project, we always ask the following questions: What are you recording? How long is your project? How much footage do you want to capture? ​ ​ Based off these questions the following chart is a great start to get you going. All information is based off of 30fps . For recording working hours at 8 hours a day, the schedule feature is used within the settings. This is commonly based off of recording 9 am - 5 pm BATTERY LIFE OVERVIEW: ATL-200 / Day Scene / 24 Hrs per day / Full HD / Time lapse mode 4xAA Alkaline batteries (battery brand: Duracell Ultra) * Manufacturer claim: 1. The table is base on an ATL-200 manufactured from Feb 2019 or later ​ 2. The estimated battery life is tested under temperature 77F (25C). ​ 3. Battery life may vary based on battery brand, environmental conditions, operating temperature, and other factors. ​ 4. Rechargeable batteries are NOT recommended for time-lapse projects. ​ 5.Use lithium batteries when temperatures drop below 30F/0C. LEARN MORE ABOUT WHICH CARDS ARE THE BEST TO USE the shorty on this. Only use SanDisk Ultra speed cards. LEARN MORE LEARN MORE WHICH BATTERIES DO WE RECOMMEND LED INDICATOR Wait what does this mean? Power on: Green on Firmware update: flash/1 sec. Hardware Reset: flash 3 times No SD card: Red System Breakdown: Red flash /1 sec. Battery Low: Red Flash/10 sec. ​ Recording Modes: Recording: Green flash/6 sec. Schedule Snapshot On Demand, Step Video: Flash 0.2 sec. x1 PIR, Hybrid: Flash 0.2 sec. x2 ​ Blinking red led? NOW WHAT DO I DO? If you have a flashing red light 1/sec. the best course of action would be to remove and change all the batteries to fresh brand name batteries. It doesn't hurt to reseat the card at this time as well. Then continue to power on the camera and connect it to your mobile device with Wi-fi. ​ FIRMWARE UPDATE STEP BY STEP FIRMWARE UPDATE latest update ATL-200S to 4950 Afidus is instrumental in the advancement of Time Lapse technology remaining competitive and current in the demands of the industry and customers. Pro-level user requests and feedback they continue to advance their product. When you receive your camera from us at TimeLapseCameras.com we ensure each camera has been updated to the newest firmware. ​ In this video we walk you through step-by-step how to update your firmware. VIDEO ARTICLE All battery operated, app controlled cameras, regardless of brand, will be effected by Daylight Savings Time. These are typically the most important times of the year to proceed with your regularly scheduled monthly camera checks. TRANSFERING FOOTAGE When your project is complete transferring and saving your footage is the next critical step of the process. The fastest and most reliable method is to remove and save the content using a mSD adapter or card reader to your computer system. FASTEST METHOD Remove the card ​ When you remove the card from the camera use the mSD adapter/card reader to transfer the footage to your computer system for the fastest content transfer. ​ Content save time approx 3 minutes for 19 GB of files GET'S THE JOB DONE Use the USB cord ​ ​ Connect the cord to the camera USB power port and to your computer system. This will allow for data transfer only. Content save time approx 13 minutes for 19 GB of files SLOWEST METHOD Download to phone ​ ​ This method is only recommended for one clip. This is the slowest transfer method. ​ Content save time approx. 3.5 minutes per 532mb file. ​ ​ HOW TO DOWNLOAD Saving footage complete EDITING. the final step EDITING Have a question? Ask Us! Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Afidus ATL-200 Long Term Time Lapse Camera

    Exclusively from TIME LAPSE unfolding one project at a time LEARN MORE Afidus Time Lapse Camera Features Full HD 1080 Sensor 1080 in a long term camera Dual Zoom Lens 16-35mm equivalent with 4X Digital Zoom (ATL-200S only) Wi-Fi App Control with full screen preview MP4 MP4 video file format Motion Detection Surveillance, nature, traffic (ATL-200 only) Timer Capture working hours only Sony HDR Sensor Hi Dynamic Range Long Battery Life Weeks to months AWARD WINNING Product of the Year ​ The Afidus ATL-200 long term time lapse camera received Product of the Year at the 2019 National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. ​ READ MORE MEDIA FLYER The Afidus ATL-200S and ATL-201 are exciting long term time lapse cameras. It has been a long wait for an innovative camera to hit the market, the wait is finally over. Getting a long term camera to 1080 has been challenging, Afidus did it and added so much more. The creative aspect of a optical zoom lens with autofocus alone is a game changer with the ATL-200. Finally, frame the scene you want without the cost of optional lenses. Explore the site and discover the potential. TimeLapseCameras.com is the exclusive retailer for the Afidus camera in North America. Afidus chose us because of our customer care reputation, wealth of product knowledge and experience with long term time lapse cameras. We have been working with Afidus for since October of 2018 on testing and product improvement, to deliver a great new camera to you. This is our micro-site dedicated to in-depth and accurate information regarding this amazing new camera. LEARN MORE Feed your brain with information COMPARE ​ I want to see this! GET YOURS Now this is awesome! How to... FIRMWARE Updated frequently See more... ON LOCATION Clamps and mounting IMPORTANT TO STORYTELLING The element of timelapse captured over the 3 1/2 months of the project was so important in the storytelling of the fabrication. Your camera's are the highest-resolution camera's that can be programmed for up to a year! We could have not pulled this marketing storytelling video off without your help. Thank you again!!!!!! on instagram @PixelworldTV Updated September, 2020 ATL-200S ​ Document your short or long term timelapses with this feature packed camera. The ATL-200S is your professional solution including multiple recording modes, dual optical and 16-35 mm with 4X digital zoom, macro and distance focus capability. ​ ​ LEARN MORE BUY IT 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. USER GUIDE What is the ATL-200S capable of? THIS. LEARN In January of 2020, TimelapseCameras.com was an integral part documenting the progress of the MicroTunnel Boring Machine located in Rochester, Minnesota. During this project 16 cameras were positioned throughout the site capturing the various phases and critical transition points. This footage was captured exclusively using the new Afidus ATL-201 long term time lapse camera. Non-Stop Capture Time: 22 days Schedule Record Time: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm FPS: 30 Resolution: Full HD 1080 the flagship Our first introduction video release of the ATL-200 camera. Where it all began. Since 2018 Afidus as added more then seven new camera functions within the app. They continue to be responsive to mobile operating system updates and sensitive to customer requests. ​ All the content on this website was created exclusively the knowledge of how to run the system properly by www.TimeLapseCameras.com What's up with us! NEW VIDEO RELEASE Full Service Installation and Video Capture Over the course of seven weeks, Rochester Minnesota's Skyline changed. The pinnacle chimney tower standing 300' tall was demolished using one of the countries only Brokk 500 hydraulic excavator with demolition attachment remotely operated from the ground. ​ TimeLapseCameras take: Complicated demolition sites require planning and attention. Multiple cameras were placed throughout the property to provide the various angles enhancing the video. Commercial drone flights added aerial perspective enhancing the demolition story. What better way to attract clients to your business than showcasing your construction and increase visitor traffic through social media posts. You could hire the TimeLapseCameras.com team or do-it-yourself with the Afidus time lapse cameras. The camera's battery life allows for unattended operation for the entire process from set-up to show day. ​ Clip Details: Cameras : Afidus ATL-200/200S Event duration: 7 weeks | April - June, 2020 Interval: ranging from 5 seconds to 3 0 seconds Time Lapse Calendar Scheduling: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm ​ What's up with us! DISCOVER LONG TERM TIME LAPSE Out of the box and running, this is what long term time lapse is all about. 79 day total duration, 55 day construction capture during working hours, (7am - 5pm) using the camera's timer and weekday scheduling features. A capture every minute made creating this video an easy task for the camera. Whether you are the builder, sub-contractor or facility owner. At $389 for an Afidus camera, there is no easier and lower cost way to create amazing and compelling marketing content. ​ Clip Details: Camera: Afidus ATL-200 Content captured over 55 working days (7a - 5p) <79 days total from start to finish> January 17 - April 5, 2019 | Interval: 1 minute ​ What's up with us! SEE WEATHER AND LIGHT A year in the making testing the Afidus ATL-201 camera. We share with you results of nature's beauty in the form observation through weather and changing seasons. These clips are presented in no particular order, the diversity of natural content withstanding storms and sunsets. This content was mixed together with only two modifications made in the post production process; playback speed increase and blended transitions to smooth them together. No color editing was implemented. ​ Clip Details: Camera: Afidus ATL-201 Content captured over testing throughout 2019 ​ Instagram is the place... ...for the latest Afidus camera news. 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