An intervalometer is an essential tool if you're shooting time-lapses, and this one from the makers of Timelapse+ aims at making the process a little bit easier.
It's called the VIEW, which, for all intents and purposes, is your standard intervalometer, only with a couple of interesting features that make it stand out from the crowd. Check out creator Elijah Parker's Kickstarter video to learn more:
Clearly the two most impressive features of the VIEW is its auto ramping and preview capabilities.
What this feature allows users to do is shoot from day to night (or vice versa) without having to calculate exposure themselves. The VIEW does this automatically using their sophisticated algorithm that analyzes the exposure value of each image. (They detail this technical process on their Kickstarter page if you want to learn more about it.)
This feature allows you to preview your time-lapse before it's finished — even while you're still recording it. You don't have to wait until you're done with the shot hours later to know what it looks like at full speed or find out that you missed something.
Here are the features listed on Parker's campaign:
- Preview your time-lapse at 24/30fps on the VIEW device or from your phone, even while the time-lapse is still recording!
- Use the VIEW's wifi hotspot feature to setup and preview your time-lapse and even stream live view and adjust focus from your phone
- Connect the VIEW to the internet via wifi and have full control from anywhere in the world! Perfect for long-term setups -- check, reconfigure, download images, and even setup motion from anywhere you are. This is an optional service provided via view.tl -- one year free included for backers, $60/year (planned) after that.
- Automatic day-to-night and night-to-day or even 24 hour with no setup needed -- just press start! The holy grail of time-lapse is simpler than ever before.
- Keyframe Focus Ramping with Nikon and Canon, with an interactive liveview setup
- Built for the field -- withstands temperature extremes, 15+ hour battery life, designed to be used with gloves as well as touch-free gesture control so you can access it while a time-lapse is running without worrying about moving the camera
- Auxiliary port for syncronizing shoot-move-shoot capabilites with most motion systems (best with just a fixed interval)
- Full integration with Dynamic Perception's NMX controller for keyframed multi-axis setups that are synchronized with focus & interval, even variable intervals
- Compatible with Canon DSLRs, Nikon DSLRs, and Sony Alpha Mirrorless (more likely to be added later)
The VIEW Intervalometer goes for $340, or the early bird price of $320. Head on over to the Kickstarter campaign to learn more.