Depending on the conditions on the site and depending on the need for external storage for RAW shooting, you can choose the appropriate Timebox package.
The basic model of the Timebox includes an all-weather protective case, a proprietary microcontroller, a cable for a DSLR camera, mounting brackets, a battery,
“Extreme Temperature” Package, Online access to Timebox system management, Mobile application.
Timebox + DSLR
Our most popular model, the Timebox DSLR, is a powerful 4G LTE system compatible with your choice of DSLR camera and lens.
It is great for shooting and uploading JPEG images at regular long intervals (10 minutes or longer)
Timebox + DSLR will also shoot and upload as fast as every minute, and shoot and save as fast as every few seconds (for shorter series).
Timebox + DSLR + SSD
A ready-made kit for professionals who want to shoot in RAW format or use Ethernet. 500 GB removable SSD provides
Greater storage space for raw files for later manual collection. In this case, JPEG files can be downloaded every minute.
Consider the volume of Internet traffic when uploading a large number of photos. Timebox + DSLR + SSD is compatible with a number of DSLR cameras. Contact us for details.
In most cases, TimeBox uses a basic level DSLR camera with a CROP sensor. For example Nikon 3300 or Canon 100D with standard or wide-angle optics Sigma or Tokina.
This basic option gives you image quality above 4K, so you’ll have a margin of resolution for the post-production phase. We can provide Nikon and Canon cameras, along with Sigma and Tokina optics
complete with Timebox equipment, just leave us a price request. We are also ready to provide you with full-frame Nikon and Canon cameras.
To find out the cost of the camera and its compatibility with TimeBox, leave a request.
Field of View
When shooting ultra-long time lapses, standard or wide-angle lenses are usually used. The standard lens has a small Field of View,
but allows you to shoot better objects for a distance. The wide-angle lens is ideal for indoor shooting, as it captures the largest possible angle.
The general recommendation for choosing the right lens is a small margin around the edges of the frame, as it is at the edges of the frame that the most distortion occurs.
Choose a focal length slightly wider than necessary to capture the entire shooting area.
In most cases it’s enough to use JPEG photos to making time-lapse videos. Photos are sent to
cloud storage and available anytime. If you need the highest possible image quality, you can configure
TimeBox for simultaneous shooting of JPEG and RAW. In this case, JPEG photos will be sent to the cloud storage
and RAW photos are sent to an SSD or large capacity SD card. That is, they will be stored locally and you will need to
plan additional lifts to the camera to copy material. The interval between lifts to the Timebox camera will depend
on the volume of the drive and setting the RAW shooting mode. On average, on a 500 GB SSD, when setting up shooting during working hours
and on working days, about 6 months of continuous shooting is placed.
When choosing a shooting mode, do not get attached to the final duration of the video. Due to the specifics of extra long time lapses,
at the end of the shoot, you will get many photos that you can’t use. (rainy days, periods of inactivity, etc.) Therefore, it is better to either shoot with a margin or make fewer frames.
The general rule for most projects is to film with at intervals of 10 to 30 minutes, during working hours and on working days. At video editing stage, this will give you plenty of photos to choose from and
just a few empty and inappropriate frames.
Site Access and Maintenance
Despite the fact that Timebox equipment was designed for autonomous work, you should always plan and budget certain risks.
We recommend that you budget for the rise to the camera every 3 months. After all, you never know when the equipment will fail, the sight glass will become dusty or
a spider weaves a web on the Timebox viewing window. Try to install Timebox in an accessible place, this will reduce your camera maintenance costs.
Follow the instructions to install the camera. Make sure the camera is securely attached. Please note that when installing the Timebox camera, the back cover must be tightly closed.
This will prevent moisture from entering and prevent fogging of the glass.
Timebox camera has a capacious external battery, which is charged from a 220 Volt network. The battery allows you to support the camera during short shutdowns at the construction site.
Cellular Data and Internet
On average, to ensure that photos are downloaded to the cloud, the optimal tariff will be 30-50 GB of Internet traffic per month.
For a more accurate calculation of the volume of 3G / 4G data, just multiply the number of photos that you plan to upload per month by the size of the downloaded JPEG files.
For example, if you shoot 10 MB JPEG images, 6 photos per hour every 10 minutes for 12 working hours, then the minimum amount of data
will be 22 GB per month. In order to avoid unforeseen circumstances associated with failures of various nature, we recommend that you use a tariff plan of 30 GB / month in such a project.
All Timebox equipment comes with universal mounting brackets that are suitable for both vertical (poles, pipes, walls) and horizontal surfaces (floor, roof, ceiling truss).
Choose the best installation location that provides the best angle.