Time Lapse WebCam?

Jessie Morris jessie at confettiantiques.com
Tue Apr 14 11:48:00 MDT 2009

On Tuesday 14 April 2009 11:37:46 am 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.
> 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)
> 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 recommendations?
> Thanks in advance!
> - Kimball
> http://www.kimballlarsen.com
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Max length of USB cables are about 16 feet. So that won't work so hot. I'm 
sure that there's a terminal program that'll capture an image from them, then 
you could just set up a cron job to take care of that.


Jessie Morris

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