Learning about the Rollocam App
As of October 15, 2018 Rollocam is compatible with IOS 11. An early Android 6.0+ version has been released and is in final testing now and is planned for full release within the next few weeks. *If you are interested in assisting with testing, please contact us here. Click here to find the Rollocam Android App on the google play store, Android specific info is below.
Software User's Guide
The App can be used in either portrait (button / connector port down) or landscape mode (button on Right). In Landscape mode, you can scroll with your finger up or down to reveal the hidden controls.
The bottom right button displays either "phone" or "camera". To use your phone to capture pictures or videos, simply press on the button with "phone" displayed. Likewise, to use your camera to take pictures or videos press on the button with "camera" displayed.ebay.com
USE THE PHONE TO CAPTURE IMAGES
When the "phone" button is pressed, the screen shows the preview from the phone's back facing camera. The phone is ready to store captured images and videos. We recommend you capture videos in landscape mode.
USE THE CAMERA TO CAPTURE IMAGES
When the "camera" button is pressed, the screen on the phone shows the control menu over a black background. The phone is simply a handheld controller. For true move-shoot-move time lapse, use a compatible camera trigger cable sold here.
If you want to use your phone as the camera, simply "keep the App in phone mode - (you see the "Camera" button) and the preview is viewable behind the controls..
The main controls include the top mode selector, which allows you to select one of 4 modes. Continuous Motion for video, timelapse and stop motion for single shot per motion, and when using the phone as the camera, then tracking, where the camera will follow a face and record in HD if you choose.
The direction toggle is quite simple, however left and right depend on your perspective, so consider accordingly. The traverse switch - if "YES" will cause the Rollocam H-2 to go back to where it came from at the end of the distance. If this selector is "NO", the move is finished at the end of the distance, and the "Stop" button will return to "Start". Below if traverse is YES, dwell time is the amount of time in seconds, the Rollocam H-2 will wait before it heads back. This dwell time does not appear if traverse is set to "NO". There is no Dwell time for Stop Motion.
Continuous Mode for video
Continuous Mode is used for shooting high quality HD video movies from the back camera. This mode allows you to control the speed in 10 increments, each one approximately 10% of full speed, which is 2" per second. The Ramptime is the amount of time in seconds it takes to get to the speed indicated above well as the amount of ramp down, where the system slows down to zero from full speed, in again, this many seconds. Distance is in inches and its it is the amount of movement the Control Wheel will move in inches. Move it one inch, set to one. Move it 10 feet, set to 120. Simple. If traverse is "YES" it will return when the move is finished and keep bouncing the same move over again. When "Start" is pressed the system starts its motion and when in phone mode turns on the recording function. When done or when "Stop" is pressed the system is stopped and the recording is saved to your photo gallery. In Camera Mode, you will need to set your camera to record video, then stop it after the move is completed. This does offer you an opportunity to have small handles at the beginning and end of your target shot.
In TimeLapse mode the system will move, stop, shoot from the back camera, and then move again and repeat. The Index is the amount of distance the system will move between shots. This is a number from 1/100th of an inch to one inch. The Distance is the total inches the H-2 moves in a full timelapse. Interval is time in seconds the system will wait before it moves again. Here is where you have your camera shoot. Trigger delay is the delay between when it stops and when it shoots. As before, Dwell is the number of seconds, before it starts to go back. When Start is pressed the system starts its motion and when in Phone mode turns on the photo function and captures at the end of the index, saving the picture to the photo gallery When done or when Stop is pressed the system is stopped. All the pictures will be stored in your gallery. In Camera Mode, the Rollocam H-2 triggers the DSLR or Mirrorless camera using an optional camera trigger cable, which you can find here, plugged into your cameras wired shutter release port.
Stop Motion Mode
Stop Motion is kind of cool and i'm sure its gonna create some neat stuff. Stop motion has one control. It represents the amount of distance in 1/100th of an inch the system will move, then capture a high resolution shot. While in Camera mode the Rollocam triggers the camera shutter via the camera shutter release cable, you plugged into the trigger adapter port. in phone mode, the picture is taken from the back camera of the phone.
Tracking mode is available in phone mode exclusively. In the generic case the wheels are set to cause the Rollocam H-2 to spin in a circle. However, its really up to you. With the front camera activated the system will try to keep a face in the middle of the screen, by moving the system with the goal of centering the face. Tracking can be done with the camera in portrait or landscape, however in landscape mode, please orient the phone so that the phone "home" button is on the right side.
When "Record" is pressed a 1920 x 1080 video is recorded from the front camera. When "Stop" is pressed the recording stops and the video is saved to your photo gallery. You can use the tracking mode up close or from a distance. The distance is variable and it matters on things such as available light. More than one face in the capture frame may cause the Rollocam to ocilate between the faces.
One of the neat features of the Rollocam H-2 is that it's app controlled and the app can be upgraded in the future. We hope to be upgrading the app over time. Stay tuned. Lots of exciting things coming.
Early Release Android :
October 15, 2018: The initial app for android is now available on Google Play Store. There are some limitations and the software is not 100% stable. This will go away over the next few weeks as we get more feedback and we test more phones. Just can not test enough phones!!! The app currently operates the Rollocam H-2 and can control your DSLR and Mirrorless cameras via the camera adapter cables, which I hope you ordered if you need. The app currently does have limited support using the Android phone itself as the camera. In the next few weeks we will be releasing an updated free app, which will replace what you have now.
Those limitations include timing issues with the Android Bluetooth and the way it communicates, which seem symptomatic on S9 and maybe S8 running Android 8 or 9. This creates a situation where the Android phone stays a white screen. Our working screen is black background (for now). When this happens there is no BLE connection to the Rollocam from the Android. Should this happen to you, please:
- Make sure you have the latest release from the Google Play Store
- Please check your bluetooth settings and confirm your bluetooth is on. So far this has been the number one issue. It does not need to be discoverable, since the app will discover your Rollocam H-2. With the Rollocam H-2 powered on, you will see it on your list of discovered BLE devices. No need to pair as the app will do that for you. If you do pair. No problem.
- Turn your Rollocam H-2 off
- Fully Terminate your app (remove it from the pile of running apps)
- Turn the Rollocam On
- Relaunch the app
Note: Tracking feature works in Landscape mode only.
One you get past the white screen, you should see the Rollocam Screen
Getting to this screen confirms that your Android Phone is in communication with the Rollocam H-2. The screen starts with a red antenna which after a few moments, turns green indicating that the Android is now communicating back and forth with the Rollocam H-2 .