When should I use each Tracking Mode (Water/Field/Terrain/Flight)?

Water:  Should be chosen for any sport which takes place on the water, such as Surf, SUP, Kite, Wake, Sailing, Windsurfing.

  • If you filming spot is significantly above the water level follow this Pro Tip

 

Field:  Should be chosen for sports which take place on a field, or other flat / level ground, even if SOLOSHOT3 may be setup significantly above the playing surface (e.g. stadium bleachers or stands).  Examples include Soccer, Football, Lacrosse, Equestrian. 

 

Terrain:  Should be chosen for sports which involve some elevation change or if the Tag will be above the elevation of the Camera.  Examples include Motocross, Mountain Sports (ski, snowboard, mountain bike), but many activities that may appear “level” but cover a significant distance will actually often be better suited to Terrain mode.

 

Flight:  Should be chosen for any activity which takes you to the skies.  Examples include:  RC plane, drone, paragliding.


For Best Calibration Procedure check out the Quick Start Calibration Guide

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What is Motion Time Lapse and how do I use it?

We're so glad you asked! 

 

SOLOSHOT3 has made it easier than ever to fast-forward.  With SOLOSHOT3, you will be able to use the touch-screen interface to customize the values, and be ready to go with the touch of a button. 

 

Motion Time Lapse is a technique used in photography where you take several photos over a (usually extensive) period of time at various intervals moving slightly after each photo, then play it back at a faster rate so that continuous projection of the frames.

 

It's easy to use MTL:

  1. Download the latest software
  2. In Motion Time Lapse App, go into settings (click ☰ at top, and select the gear icon)
  3. Select the desired Interval between Frames and desired number of Frames
  4. Move Base to desired Pan / Tilt / Zoom position for start of MTL and confirm
  5. Move Base to desired Pan / Tilt / Zoom position for end of MTL and confirm
  6. Sit back as SOLOSHOT3 automatically captures the frames
  7. Use your favorite Time Lapse software to turn the MTL photos into a video

 

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What are the best settings for low-light situations?

SOLOSHOT3 is great at filming in low-light, but there are some things to consider such that you get the best experience.

 

Choosing one of the 30 frames per second (fps) modes (e.g. 1080p30) is recommended when the lights are low.  The higher fps modes (e.g. 1080p60, 1080p120, 720p120) are great at capturing high speed action…but in lower lighting conditions there may not be enough light to deliver stunning visuals at these higher frame rates.

 

You can also adjust the Auto-Exposure compensation gain which can help lighten the scene.

 

You can see how bright the recorded scene is going to look via the LCD display on the Base.

 

Setting Video Mode is easy:

  1. Download the latest software
  2. In Track app, go into settings (click ☰ at top, and select the gear icon)
  3. Select "Camera Settings" and scroll down to Video Mode
  4. Select one of the “p30” modes
  5. Check out the preview on the LCD (after Tracking has begun) to confirm the scene is lighted as you desire    
  6. Go film yourself!

 

Adjusting Auto-Exposure Compensation is easy:

  1. Download the latest software
  2. In Track app, go into settings (click ☰ at top, and select the gear icon)
  3. Select "Camera Settings" and scroll down to Auto-Exposure
  4. Adjust the Auto Exposure Gain    
  5. Check out the preview on the LCD (after Tracking has begun) to confirm the scene is lighted as you desire    
  6. Go film yourself!
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What is High Wind OIS and when should I use it?

High Wind OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) provides enhanced image stability when filming in High Wind conditions with the OpticX65 Camera. 


See an example HERE


How do you get this on your camera?  Easy:

  1. Download the latest software
  2. In Track app, go into settings (click ☰ at top, and select the gear icon)
  3. Select "Camera Settings" and scroll down to "High Wind OIS".  Toggle the button on (it'll turn blue).
  4. Go film yourself!
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What is Cinematic Zoom and when should I use it?

Professional sports videographers tend to hold zoom level when the action is high (lots of panning and/or tilting). 

 

Cinematic Zoom replicates this videographer’s rule by holding onto zoom level during periods with the highest action, releasing the zoom hold when action dies down or when the subject moves too far outside of the desired Field of View (FOV) setting.


Cinematic Zoom is great if you want to achieve this type of footage, and want to be sure that a zoom doesn’t interrupt a great play or highlight.

 

Toggling Cinematic Zoom off may be desirable if you wish to prioritize keeping the FOV setting as close to the value you chose, and don’t mind zooming happening in the middle of high action.

 

Whichever zoom is right for you, changing it is easy:

  1. Download the latest software
  2. In Track app, go into settings (click ☰ at top, and select the gear icon)
  3. Select "Track Settings" and scroll down to Cinematic Zoom.  Toggle the button on for cinematic zoom (default), or off for the original zoom as you prefer.
  4. Go film yourself!
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What is Zoom Lock and when should I use it?

Zoom Lock allows you to precisely frame your shot, and lock the Zoom setting so that SOLOSHOT3 will not zoom (only pan and tilt) when tracking the Tag.

 

Zoom Lock works well if you have a specific shot in mind.  You can dial in the exact zoom for the filming scenario to keep the subject framed as you would like for the entirety of the shot, then go capture the shot. 

 

Examples of when this may work well include activities which involve minimal zoom like Batting Practice, Pitching practice, Tennis practice.

Setting Zoom Lock is easy:

  1. Download the latest software
  2. In Track app, begin Tracking
  3. Go into settings (click ☰ at top, and select the gear icon)
  4. Select "Track Settings" and scroll down to Zoom Lock. 
  5. Go to Arrows Screen and adjust Zoom as desired, Zoom is now Locked.
  6. Go film yourself!


Note:  Zoom Lock will automatically disable if the Base is moved during a Track session…as the Zoom Lock set for any one filming position won’t be relevant to the new filming location.  You can easily go and reset Zoom Lock after moving the Base via the same procedure.

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Calibration with Tag Dock

Another setup option you can try if you have the Tag handy is to do an Auto Calibration with Tag Dock set-up: 

  1. Hit CALIBRATE on the Track App once the Tag has the GPS icon showing
  2. Dock the GPS-ready Tag to front of the Base when the tracking mode screen comes up (but do not select the tracking mode just yet)
  3. Select the mode that you want to track in to initiate calibration (field/terrain/water/flight)
  4. Leave the Tag on during auto calibration (while it's spinning)
  5. Once the camera preview appears on the screen, gently undock the Tag (so as not to trigger motion detection) once 30+ feet away from the Base you can look at Base to confirm the camera is pointing at the Tag. 

    • Tip (As in Quickstart Calibration Setup)– If you don’t think the camera is pointing at the Tag properly after walking side to side about 30ft from the camera, place the Tag on the ground or a nearby object, logo side pointing up towards the sky, and walk back over to your base. Use the arrows to center the Tag in the shot. Retrieve the Tag and repeat the walking back and forth to confirm proper tracking. Then, go do your thing!  
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Tips for setting up with a Tall (Extendable) Tripod

This article is meant to help provide a few tips if your shooting scenario involves being unable to access the Base touchscreen after calibration such as with a Tall / Extended tripod.

1. Power on Tag and Base in a generally open area (away from Buildings, Walls or other Obstructions).

 

Tip – Power on the Base and Tag as soon as you get to your filming location. The longer your Base and Tag GPS sensors warm up before use and the more open your filming location, the better your result. 

 

2. Tap to open Track App then Dock the Tag for about 10 seconds. Un-dock the Tag after this.

3. Click the blue Track button.

4. Prior to selecting the Track Mode “Hide” all the tags to be tracked by double pressing the +  button on the Tag quickly.

5. The Base will show a Calibration spinner…but will not begin calibration until at least 1 Tag selected to be tracked is un-hidden.

6. Raise Tripod to the desired height.

7. Un-hide at least 1 Tag to be tracked.

8. Your Base will automatically go through a calibration process and point toward the tag when complete. 

 

Tip – The camera may not point at the Tag correctly when it is too close to the base. For best results, make sure your Base is at least 30ft back from the closest point of your activity area.

 

9. Once calibration is complete, the camera should be tracking your Tag and recording. The Tag wearer should see a “heartbeat” style blink from the directional green LED on the base

 

Tip – If you don’t think the camera is pointing at the Tag properly after walking side to side about 30 ft from the camera, place the Tag on the ground or a nearby object, logo side pointing up towards the sky, and walk back over to your base. Use the arrows to center the Tag in the shot. Retrieve the Tag and repeat the walking back and forth to confirm proper tracking. Then, go do your thing!  

 

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