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ATN X-sight How to thread Firmware update & Video file info

Postby Bennybone » 23 Nov 2014, 23:43

This thread is intended to assist new X-sight users with updating their ATN X-sight Firmware and to provide an option for converting the native recorded video files (.MOV) into other formats (.AVI , MPG, WMV, Etc).

Definitions or Terms used here:

FIRMWARE - Your X-sight is designed to be updated using a file posted online by ATN which effects features and operation of the device. The scope does not need to be sent to a dealer for firmware upgrade, the user can perform the process at home.

APP - ATN has developed an application (App) to use with the X-sight. The app serves to integrate a smart phone or tablet using either Android or Apple iOS with your X-sight which provides all scope functionality using these external devices.

MicroSD Card - A small format media card (max 32 Gigabyte) that you insert into the X-sight. Recorded video files and Firmware updates require this card.

WiFi - Wireless capability to broadcast data from the X-sight to the smart phone. This feature can be enabled or disabled and will greatly impact battery usage of the X-sight.

First Steps when you receive your X-sight:

Verify the version of firmware onboard at the time of shipment, it is assumed that early units will have a particular firmware number and units that ship later will have a different (hopefully more recent) version. The videos below outline how to check firmware using the APP however the quickest method to check it is with the scope's menu, here are the steps.

1) Hold the Power down for 2-3 seconds to turn ON the X-sight
2) Press the Enter key twice to display icons which include MENU, scroll to menu using the directional keys and press Enter
3) Using the directional keys navigate to SETUP and press Enter
4) On this screen the firmware version will be displayed - it will be something similar to V1.8.00.XXX

Now that you have the firmware version from your scope, check the following link to determine what the current version is - if it is newer or different you should update to the current version: http://www.atncorp.com/firmware#xsight5-18 NOTE: You can register your scope here as well , if you are simply seeking firmware then press the SKIP button to be taken to the download section.

Here is a video tutorial for downloading the firmware from the website, loading the file on a MicroSD card, and updating the scope. When you verify the firmware updated you can use the steps listed above or follow the video instructions which outline using Wifi and a smart phone or tablet to verify the firmware version.



Because of the variances in smart phones and tablets, I cannot ensure that a video tutorial would cover all the many ways to download the APP for use on your smart phone or tablet. On the firmware page listed above you will find two links to the respective APPs available. If you navigate to that link via your smart phone or tablet and click on your version of the operating system it should lead you to installing the APP.

Once your APP is installed successfully, you will need to ensure that WiFi is active on the X-sight, here is how to activate WiFi:

1) Hold the Power down for 2-3 seconds to turn ON the X-sight
2) Press the Enter key twice to display icons which include MENU, scroll to menu using the directional keys and press Enter
3) Using the directional keys navigate to WiFi and GPS and press Enter
4) Go to WiFi and select Enter
5) Go to WiFi again and select Enter and then use the directional key to change OFF to ON, press Enter
6) Back out of the menu (left directional key from any menu) and verify that you see a WiFi icon in the upper right hand of the viewfinder

On your smart phone or tablet you will now need to access the WiFi list and select ATN_Obsidian from the available networks list, it will ask you for a password the first time which is a repeat ATN_Obsidian once you are connected you will open your APP and the device and your X-sight will perform a handshake to connect.

ATN may enhance the APP in the future so I won't be providing an indepth overview at this time of the use, perhaps in the future when all features are working I will do that.

So at this point you should be ready to take the X-sight into the field, remember if you don't plan on using a smart device turn off your WiFi to save battery power.

When you record videos to the MicroSD card here are some helpful tips:

In order to verify the capture settings of the video file and record, do the following:

1) Hold the Power down for 2-3 seconds to turn ON the X-sight
2) Press the Enter key twice to display icons which include MENU, scroll to menu using the directional keys and press Enter
3) Using the directional keys navigate to Capture and press Enter
4) Scroll down to Resolution, at the time of this write-up there are two options, 720p at 60 frames per second (FPS) OR 1080p at 30 FPS. The 720p option is still considered HD quality and will give you the most economic use of space on your MicroSD card. The 1080p is the highest resolution setting (FullHD) and it will be a larger file than 720p.
5) Exit the menu and when you desire to record, from the Live Action screen (meaning you are hunting and your reticle is showing and you want to record what you are seeing) press the right directional arrow one time
6) a Red circle will appear at the upper left corner of the screen with a timer running to show video length and date and time information will appear at the lower right of the screen
7) When you wish to stop recording press the right directional arrow again

Working with video files contained on your MicroSD card -

There again is a large degree of variance in PC or MAC or Linux computers in use and 1 video tutorial simply could not cover all methods of viewing and playing back the files on a computer.

I believe ATN settled on a Quicktime (Apple) .MOV file type which should be able to be played in any software environment with your preloaded software or by downloading the Quicktime software available here: For Windows PC http://support.apple.com/kb/dl837 If you are using a MAC you should be have Quicktime already loaded on your computer and updates can be performed through "Software Update".

In the event you are having trouble playing back the files on your computer or perhaps the files are incompatible with your video editor or for your intended purpose (you want smaller files for email or Youtube upload) you can use the following tutorial to download a FREE software program that can convert the MOV file to a different file type and video quality.



Hope you find this information helpful - HAPPY HUNTING!

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