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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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  • 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

  • Afidus ATL-200 Long Term Time Lapse Camera

    NEXT GENERATION ​ TIME LAPSE Exclusively from LEARN MORE 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 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 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 ​ LEARN MORE 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 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. ​ ​ Released January, 2020 ATL-201 LEARN MORE 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 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. 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 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. Join our passionate time lapse user community, with awesome testimonials and amazing new content.

  • Support | Afidus

    support when you're stumped this is the place Use this page as starting point for tips on the issues you may have with the system. Most solutions can be solved with the following: Replace the batteries with fresh brand name batteries. We recommend Energizer Max. BEST BATTERIES Check that card and make sure its clear with plenty of room left. BEST CARDS TOP ISSUES Strange colors on preview Unresponsive App Connection Long BEEEEEEEEEEP Unresponsive Camera Condensation under the lens This pink preview is caused by the camera being knocked around (think football during the shipping process or camera dropping on site because it got bumped). ​ Short Solution: remove the battery carriage and reseat the card. Reinsert the battery carriage. LEARN MORE pink preview unresponsive app If the app is unresponsive, "It's taking a nap". Simply close the app and open it up. ​ This occurs most frequently during the first connection (iOS) with the camera when the zoom slider is unresponsive. long BEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!!!!! If you experience the long "BEEEEEEEEEP!" ​ There are two procedures to resolve this issue: ​ 1) Don't Panic. While this sound is surprising, this will resolve itself with leaving it alone. After approximately two minutes the unit will stop. Shut the unit down. Then power it back up. If the sound persists proceed to step 2. ​ ​ 2. Continue with a camera reset ​ Hint: grab the micro USB cord and a power source or brick, you will need it. ​ Our article helps to clarify the manufacturer settings with what we recommend. ​ ​ CAMERA RESET will not power on. Situation: if the camera has been left unused or unattended for a period of time; the batteries might be too low to power up and the wifi to connect. Solution A: Change them out for fresh new ones. (we are not talking about rechargeables or the ones rolling around in the back of the drawer.) ​ Solution B: Power the camera on with the micro USB cord to rule out batteries as the issue. Then proceed with fresh NEW batteries. ​ connection This article is mostly for iOS users. If the Wi-Fi connection is slow and you are waiting more than 2 minutes for the connection. Do this. ​ Short Solution: Start with fresh batteries. Turn off Wi-Fi on your mobile device for 3-5 seconds Turn Wi-Fi back on. Wait for the Blue checkmark to appear. ​ Next TIP: Reinstall the app. Afidus updates their app and features with their camera firmware nearly every six months. Delete the app and reinstall it and try again. LEARN MORE condensation under the lens Water entry can happen. Exposed to all inclement weather the system is rated IP5 with the silicone sleeve used. ​ Short Solution: remove the camera from its location remove batteries and card from camera use a gentle fan blowing into the open battery compartment let dry for 72 hours or use a large Silica Gel Packet to dry it out in an air tight sealed container for the 72 hours. ​ Most often the camera will dry out after the 72 hours of rest time and be back on the job after a brief vacation. ​ Be sure to start with fresh name brand batteries and a fresh card for your next camera start up. ​ lets touch base on the preflight checklist CHECKLIST 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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