Time Lapse remote monitoring?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by winterquilt, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. winterquilt macrumors regular

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    Is there any way to set/monitor the Time Lapse feature remotely from an iPhone on Watch?
     
  2. Nemic macrumors member

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    Yes there is.

    On the Apple watch there is a Camera Remote App built in.

    First open the camera on your iPhone and choose Time-lapse.

    Then open the Camera Remote App on the Apple Watch - the icon looks like the corner of an SLR camera and it's Black and White.

    You will see a preview on the Apple watch screen of wherever your iPhone camera is pointing and this updates if you move the iPhone.

    There is a button on the Apple Watch screen to start and stop recording.

    The iPhone and Apple watch need to be within Bluetooth range of each other.
     

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  3. winterquilt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you very much for the guide. From resources I found online it seemed very much like there was only the option to view either normal camera mode (with burst option), or square camera cropped mode, not video.

    I assume Time Lapse is not too far from the normal camera app, if anything a hybrid between video and still. However, I still would like clarification if the Time Lapse mode could be set from the watch, as the normal camera option can be, or if it must be performed on the iPhone beforehand?

    I have no issue with the iPhone needing due attention beforehand, only then I would need to monitor the Time Lapse in real-time operation to observe the setup remotely, is that possible please?


    Many thanks once again.




     
  4. Nemic macrumors member

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    As far as I can tell, the iPhone camera mode has to be set on the iPhone - still, video, time lapse etc - you can't change it using the Apple Watch.

    Once Time Lapse has been set on the iPhone, it can then be started and stopped using the Apple Watch.

    If the iPhone is locked then the Apple Watch can still open the camera APP and start shooting. It will be in whatever mode the iPhone camera was last in. e.g Time Lapse.

    The Apple Watch also gives a live feed of the camera's view during the time lapse. i.e if the phone moves then the feed on the Apple Watch also moves.
     
  5. winterquilt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks very much for the clarification.

    The Watch cannot steam video (when recording), but the Time Lapse feature can?!
     
  6. Nemic macrumors member

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    The Apple watch will provide a preview / live view of all of the iPhone native camera modes with the exception being Panorama. All other modes have a live feed on the Apple Watch screen (including stop / start controls) and this live view continues to be shown during recording.
     
  7. winterquilt thread starter macrumors regular

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    It just popped into my mind that the best way for me to shoot the sun setting it outdoors, this out of range of my router, in order for a connection to form between e.g. an iPhone and an Watch would I need a hub?

    If not, and a device-to-device connection can be established, and the link broken (as a good time lapse takes many hours) will the link reestablish once back in range, or does it have to be manually linked up again?
     
  9. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

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    The Watch normally uses the Bluetooth connection, bypassing your router. I just tried this, and using Bluetooth only the watch still streams video form the iPhone camera app. This will be limited to about 30ft or so outdoors, though.

    You should test it to see what happens on disconnect though, as I had the iPhone camera app crash/close once while using the Watch remote. This obviously ends any recording that was going on.
     
  10. winterquilt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Interesting, I can imagine that a local crash on the recording device would scupper the recording (does the recording survive up until the point of failure, or simply not save at all?), but without error will a connection automatically re-establish once back in range?

    I do not have the equipment to test on unfortunately.
     
  11. winterquilt thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just had a recording collapse on me on account of the wind that picked up around half way through the recording.

    With a simple update the onboard accelerometer of an iPhone, and camera logic, could deduce if the phone had suddenly change orientation and was looking at nothing by black, putting two and two together to alert me with an SOS that it had blown over.

    Thinking about remote monitoring, if Apps are to come to macOS then I see no reason why the stream could not come to the Notification Centre?
     

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