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VIEW Intervalometer

Our flagship product.  Smooth day to night and night to day transitions with a simple yet powerful interface.

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Automated night to day and day to night time-lapse

There's nothing like a perfect transition from daylight to a starry sky; the blue sky of day drops out and dissolves into the depth of the emerging night sky.  This is known as the "Holy Grail" of time-lapse photography, and has been a very difficult and technical pursuit.

When Timelapse+ founder Elijah Parker got started in time-lapse, this was immediately a passion.  The Original Timelapse+ Intervalometer was the first device on the market to automate night to day time-lapse using a light sensor and advanced algorithms.  Building on that, the new VIEW Intervalometer is more advanced and analyzes each image for precise results across any range of exposure.

Simply press start and let it follow the changes in light from day to night and even back again, no need to fuss with settings or monitor it along the way.

The results are significantly better and smoother then the camera's aperture priority mode since by analyzing each image it can achieve a proper exposure for the Milky Way even when ramping from noon sun, while at the same time ignoring sudden changes such as from headlights.

A brief walkthrough of setting up a day to night time-lapse using the VIEW Intervalometer.

Auto-ramping using the Timelapse+ VIEW Intervalometer.

Auto-ramping sunset with panning controlled by the VIEW Intervalometer

 

Press mentions

 

Sunset to Sunrise

Created with the VIEW Intervalometer by Mark Gee theartofnight.com

Instant Preview

If you've ever done time-lapse, you're probably well aware it involves a lot of patience.  With the VIEW, there's now one thing you don't have to wait for: get an instant preview of the time-lapse even while it's still recording.

Activated with just a wave of the hand, you don't need to worry about moving the camera.

The preview can also be monitored from a smartphone.

"Timelapse+ has definitely pushed intervalometers forward with the VIEW."

Imaging Resource

"The Timelapse+ VIEW removes all of the complexities of capturing advanced time lapses and makes capturing a "holy grail" time lapse as easy as capturing a standard time lapse. Say goodbye to wasted nights of trial and error."

— Ron Risman, TimelapseWorkshops.com

"The easiest to setup yet most powerful exposure ramping device I've tested to date."

— Jay Burlage, CEO, Dynamic Perception

Advanced Features

 
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Remote Control via App

Besides being  usable stand-alone, the VIEW can also be setup and monitored via a smartphone app, and even remotely over the internet when the VIEW is connected to WiFi.  The app allows using liveview for motion keyframe setup as well as previewing the time-lapse while it's recording.

 

Keyframe Motion Programming

The VIEW can synchronize with most motion systems for shoot-move shoot functionality, but additionally can currently integrate with Dynamic Perception's NMX controller and Syrp's Genie Mini for full motion programming, including multiple axes and keyframes.

 

Focus Ramping

With most Canon & Nikon DSLRs, as well as the Fuji X-T2, the VIEW is able to control the focus on AF lenses, and this can be programmed as keyframes to allow moving the focus to specific points during the time-lapse.  Still somewhat experimental, results will vary between specific cameras and lenses.

 

Sun/Moon Tracking

With a compatible pan/tilt motion system, the VIEW is able to automatically follow the sun or the moon while maintaining a level horizon (as apposed to a polar aligned system).  It can also be set to pan at a steady 15°/hour for polar alignment as well.

 

Solar Eclipse Programming

The VIEW can be programmed for preset exposures during each of the eclipse circumstances, with the timing calculated for the exact location.  This allows you to enjoy the eclipse during the event but still capture everything as planned.  Works great combined with the automatic sun tracking.


More information can be found in the official documentation.

¿Hablas Español? Ya tenemos los documentos en Español, y ofrecemos soporte en Español también.

Specifications

 

The VIEW is a 100% custom hardware design, with every detail being considered in the design process.  It is meant to be used in extreme conditions and can be operated with gloves.  While touch screens are nice in optimal conditions, they're not what you want to use at -40°, so the design incorporates a simple menu interface with tactile buttons and a knob for scrolling and modifying settings.

 
  • 15+ hour run time with internal rechargeable battery
  • Micro-USB charging port, can be powered during use
  • -40°C to +50°C operating temperature range
  • Color 160x128 OLED display
  • USB camera port can support hubs for multiple cameras
  • Full-size SD Card slot
  • WiFi interface for remote control via web app
  • BT interface for motion control integration
  • Auxiliary TRS ports for motion sync (open drain)
  • Powerful 640MHz ARM processor with 512MB DDR3
  • Optional internal GPS module
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Gesture Sensor for non-contact operation
  • 9-axis Accelerometer/Gyroscope/Compass IMU

FAQ

 

Does it work with my camera?

The VIEW Intervalometer connects to the camera via USB and currently supports most Canon and Nikon DSLRs, Sony Alpha Mirrorless such as the A7 series and A6000 series, Fuji X-T1 & X-T2, and Panasonic GH3, GH4, GH5 & G9.  A complete list of specific models is planned but not available yet.  See http://docs.view.tl/#camera-support-overview for more info.


Does it work with motion systems?

Yes, the VIEW Intervalometer can synchronize with any motion system that provides shoot-move-shoot functionality.  The motion system's camera trigger port can be connected to the VIEW instead of the camera, and the camera then connected to the VIEW.  The VIEW's interval mode is then set to external, so the motion system controls the interval and motion, while the VIEW handles the exposure ramping.  Alternately, if the motion system supports an external intervalometer, the VIEW can send the signal to the motion system for when to move.  This allows the interval to be controlled by the VIEW making a variable interval possible.

Also, the VIEW can fully integrate with the Dynamic Perception NMX motion controller as well as the Syrp Genie Mini.  Learn more about motion control with the VIEW here: http://docs.view.tl/#motion-control


What's required for post-processing?

As the VIEW changes the exposure for ramping, the changes are made in 1/3 stop steps since finer changes are not possible on the camera. This causes stepping in the brightness of the time-lapse which can be perceived as flicker and needs correction in post processing. There are several ways to due this, but most require Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. In the future I plan to add Darktable support. There have been many requests for Capture One, but due to their limited support for third party integrations, this likely won’t be possible.  The easiest method is with the Timelapse Workflow Plugin, free for VIEW users.  More info on post-processing is available here: http://docs.view.tl/#post-processing


Can the VIEW be powered while in use?

Yes, the VIEW can be charged/powered during use.  The VIEW can last from 15 to 30 hours of continuous use with the internal battery, and can be powered by any USB power source.  This allows for hot swapping external USB power packs as well.  If the external power is disconnected or runs out, the VIEW will automatically switch to it's internal battery.


What cables or accessories do I need?

The VIEW includes a USB cable for connecting the camera according to the camera model specified during checkout.  No other accessories or cables are needed, although for motion system synchronization you may want a 2.5mm TRS cable.  If you have more than one type of camera you plan to use it with, you can purchase additional USB cables as needed.

The VIEW package includes the VIEW Intervalometer, a micro-b USB charging cable, a USB cable for the camera, a small microfiber pouch and quick-start card.  A charger is not included, however you can use any USB source to charge or power the VIEW.