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Everything you need to know about the new Genie II app

Building a whole new app from scratch with a bigger system in mind was no small task. Having said that, our talented team has put in a huge amount of work over the last few years to completely re-imagine how a motion control system should work.

The result is this incredibly powerful software loaded with new features that also provides a great user experience. You can use this app with Genie II Linear, Genie II Pan Tilt and Genie Mini.

With the Genie II app, you will be getting keyframes, full camera control, Live View, high-speed wireless connection, multi-axis movement and much more. Not all features will be available on the first app release.

Getting started with this new app is extremely easy but to make it even simpler, we made some tutorials to walk you through the main features. We will create more videos as we release app updates.

Introduce first-time users to Genie II app

Step 1: Download the app:

For Android here.*

For iOS here.**

Step 2: Turn Bluetooth and WIFI on. For Android, enable location as well.

Step 3: Tap “Connect” in the top right of the App. Turn your device ON and it will appear in the connect screen. You can connect to as many devices as you want at the same time. Tap the device to connect to it.

Step 4: Go to “Settings” to customize your app by changing the measurement units and frame rate to suit your region.

Step 5: Go back to the main menu and select “Create content” to select the desired settings for your next time-lapse or video. We have created a library with popular presets that you might want to use. Click “New Set up” if you want to start from scratch. All the presets can be edited and saved under a new name.

Step 6: Set a “Start Point” and an “End point” for each axis. You can do this easily by using the virtual joysticks. Each coloured line represents an axis of movement. The icons on the left side of the screen indicate the colour that represents each axis. Move the joystick to where you want your movement to begin and set a “Start” point. Do the same for the “End” point.  When you set the “Start” and “End” point for all the axis, click “Done”.

Step 7: Set your keyframes and record time. This is optional but useful for more complex videos and time-lapses. If you just want a simple moment, skip this option and just click “Record time” to change this setting. You can preview your movement directly on the app before start filming.

Click the camera icon below the diagram to change your mode from video to time-lapse if necessary. If you choose the time-lapse mode you can adjsut record time, interval and play time.

Step 8: Plug your shutter cable into your camera and device and press “Record”.

With these simple steps, you should be all set to start shooting videos and time-lapses using your smartphone or tablet.

 

*App available on Android 5 (Lollipop) or higher

**App available on iOS 9 or higher

Keyframing like a pro

Now you have the basics covered, we’ll walk you through key-framing setup.

In this tutorial we will cover the following:

  • Set up a Keyframe movement for motion time-lapse and video.
  • Change settings like shutter signal, move-shoot-delay and frame rate.
  • Use ease in/ease out for ramping movement and the different movement types.

Similar to any video editor, the keyframing screen uses a timeline to navigate the keyframes and a scrubber to move forwards and backwards in time.

Tap the icon on the left side of the screen to select the axis you want to edit. If you watch the tutorial, you’ll see how easy it is to adjust the start and end keyframes and review the new movement by moving the scrubber to the same position.

If you want to add more keyframes for a different type of motion, select the adequate axis and move the scrubber to the point in time where you want to add the keyframe.

After setting your keyframes and tapping “Record”, you might feel that the movements are too harsh. That’s when the ease in/out feature should be used. If you want to add ease, simply go to the keyframe that you want to apply the changes to, select the “Ease” button from the menu options below the graph and make the changes.

Finally, we will cover the extra settings available. Tap the settings icon from the menu below the Key-frame editor. You will be able to change your frame rate, movement type, move shoot delay and save a new preset. The options “movement type” and “move shoot delay” are time-lapse specific, so you will not see these options if you’re on video mode.

Check the following link for the functionalities and features available with this first release. We will be periodically updating this article with the progress of the app.

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