Time Lapse WebCam?
charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Tue Apr 14 12:41:02 MDT 2009
On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 11:37:46AM -0600, Kimball Larsen wrote:
> My company is building a new building, as we have outgrown our current
> digs. The new building is being erected about 1000ft from our current
> location - just across 2 parking lots. From the roof of our current
> building, we have a very clear line of sight to the construction plot,
> and would like to put a little camera up there that will snap a photo
> every day that we can stitch together into a time-lapse movie of the
> building going up.
> There are 2 issues to deal with:
> a) Zoom. The new building is far enough away that it would appear too
> small on most run-of-the-mill webcams.
Get enough optical zoom. Digital zoom ain't worth squat.
> b) Distance from nearest linux box. It is likely that we'll have to
> run a cable in excess of 50' to get from one of our always on linux
> servers (where I could set up some software to take the shots
> periodically) to the mount point for the camera. Can usb go this far?
> (ok, 3 issues)
Given the cost of your time running cables, I'd look at a low powered
ruggedized PC, stick it on a battery and charge it with a solar
panel. Use wireless to get the data from time to time. Then you can
use a USB powered camera (assuming you can find one with the zoom you
need). I'd look at the FIT-PC slim or FIT-PC2, 5 watts max.
> c) Software. I am not at all familiar with what sorts of software are
> available for doing this sort of thing in linux. Can anyone make any
> Thanks in advance!
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