The Beagle camera is a dual-use camera that allows you to monitor and control your 3D printer remotely, while also making it easy to create time-lapse videos.
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What is the Beagle camera?
How to connect the camera to WiFi network?
Please download the app "Beagleprint" in App Store, Google Play, or the apk files from our Google drive (only for the Andriod system). After that, please follow the steps as follows:
1. Click Beagleprint to run, and register your information to login (Only ask for the first time to login);
2. Power up the camera, and you will listen to the voice of "Camera is ready for AP configuration";
3. click "+" on the top right of the screen;
4. Click the button "AP Configuration";
5. Click the button "Next";
6. Select the WiFi you want to connect to and input the password of WiFi, then click the button "Next";
7. Click the button "Go to Setting Interface", then connect the WiFi with the prefix of "BGCAM***XXX-XXXXX" and input the default password of "01234567"; Then go back to the Beagleprint app and click the button "Next";
8. The camera will connect the WiFi, and you will hear the voice of "Successfully connected to the WiFi". The whole procedure needs to wait for 1-2 minutes because the camera needs to restart.
For more details, please follow the article of <How to make the Beagle camera connect to the WiFi network?>
If you still have the problem on wifi configuration by the app, please follow this article of <How to configure Beagle camera to WiFi connection without Beagleprint App?>
The maximum storage is 128GB.
What's the camera lens? And what's the distance?
How can I connect the Beagle camera to the printer?
We provide the default micro USB to USB cable inbox to connect to the printer, if your printer is using a Hi-speeding 2.0 socket, you have to purchase one Hi-speeding 2.0 to USB cable. (Some 3d printers are using Type-C to USB cable, like Creality Ender 3 S1 / Pro, you have to purchase Type-C to USB cable, but with data transmission.)
Plug the USB side cable into the USB socket on the back panel of the camera, and the micro USB is plugged into the printer. After the camera is connected to the WiFi, then click to run the app Bealgeprint and click the "Connect" button under the camera review window. Before connecting to the printer, you need to select the brand and model of printer to confirm the printed size.
What's the best position of camera to watch the printing?
It depends on your review angle and model height. If you just want to monitor the model printing, we suggest you can install the camera at the right/left of the printer; but if you want to make a time-lapse video of the printing, we suggest the camera position is at the high front side of the printer or on the top of the printer. And we have designed three brackets for your reference, all of them are designed based on Creality Ender 3 / Pro / V2 3d printer. You can search "Beaglecam" and download them from Thingiverse.com.
Why I can't connect the camera to my 3d printer?
There're few reasons to check on this problem, but make sure your 3d printer is power up:
1. Ensure the USB cable from the Beagle camera to your 3d printer is supported to transmit the data, not just for charging.
2. Please check if your 3d printer is on the compatible 3d printers list, while the Beagle camera is an ongoing project, we will upgrade the firmware to more 3d printers on compatibility regularly.
What is the Beagleprint app?
The Beagleprint is an application with an easy and clean interface to watch the real-time video of your 3d printing and monitor your 3d printer status. With Beagleprint, you would auto-generate pretty cool time-lapse videos without any settings. Furthermore, Beagleprint allows you to :
- Watch the real-time videos of 3d printing at HD / SD resolution
- Capture the images of 3d printing
- Connect / Disconnect your FDM 3d printer
- Upload the gcode files for direct printing
- Check the 3d printing process by percentage
- Pause / Stop the 3d printing
- Monitor the model height, layers, fan speed, etc
- Check the temperature curve of the hot end and the hotbed
- Set the goal temperature for the hot end and the hotbed
- Move the X/Y/Z axis by millimeter units
- Adjust the feeding speed and fan speed
- Playback the normal record videos by day/time on your mobile phone
- Download the time-lapse videos to your mobile phone
- Support multiple Beagle cameras and FDM 3d printers for multiple management
- Online upgrade of the firmware of the Beagle camera
- Wireless extends the Beagle camera for smart kits
How shall I use the Beagleprint app?
The Beagleprint is an application with an easy and clean interface to watch the real-time video of your 3d printing and monitor your 3d printer status. With Beagleprint, you would auto-generate pretty cool time-lapse videos without any settings.
How many cameras or printers could I manage through the Bealgeprint?
In theory, there's no limit to adding cameras into the app to control numerous printers, but if the number is beyond 30 units, it will occupy a lot of the resources of GPU in your mobile phone.
How shall I delete the camera in the app?
In the device list, you select the camera which you want to delete and hold for 3 seconds, there's a delete dialogue to pop up to confirm if you want to delete the camera. After selecting "Yes", then the camera will be deleted.
Why my Beagle camera is not generate the time-lapse video?
You can follow this article to check the time-lapse video functioning on working.
Please ensure that the time-lapse video function is in "ON" status, in the default setting, it's on. And please check what slicer you are using, now the Beagle camera is compatible with Ultimate Cura, Creatliy Slicer, Simplify3D, and Prusaslicer (you can check the latest compatibility on this article). If you are using a different slicer, and the system of the camera is not able to identify the layer description, then it won't send the commands to the printer to move the hotend to capture an image, then it won't generate the time-lapse video automatically.
What time-lapse video format do you suggest?
The Beagle camera is support two formats to output on time-lapse video: H.264 & MJPEG.
H.264 Format: This format is come with compressed video with not high quality, but the file is small and compatible with most players. (Mobile phone is able to playback directly.)
MJPEG format: This format is come with high-quality video, but the file is large and not so compatible. (Many mobile phones are not able to playback directly, including the iPhone.) We suggest downloading on PC and convert the video to H.264 by VLC player, then share the video to mobile.
Hence, if you want to share the video in high quality, we suggest you go with MJPEG format, then download the time-lapse video on PC browser and convert it on VLC player.