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Looking for a network cam for time lapse videos.


 
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WaveJam
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:59 pm    Post subject: Looking for a network cam for time lapse videos. Reply with quote

Hi all...

I'm looking for suggestions on a network camera that I can use for time lapse videos. I currently use a Panasonic BL-C111 and it does a great job. HOWEVER... I want better quality pictures now. So thats my main feature that I'm looking for. Here's my needs list:

- High quality pics
- IP network camera
- Stationary (no pan/tilt)
- Ability to snap a pic every minute
- Ability to FTP pics to server

And thats it.. And oh... I'm hoping to find something in the $300 or less range. Refurbed or used is fine by me!

Thanks for any tips!
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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use an Axis M1011-w for this, only vga resolution, but has the ability send an image via ftp once a day, minute or hour. You have a lot of flexibility on the file naming like use the same name over and over again (like for a website with a fixed name), create names with number, timestamps, etc. The camera costs under $200 new and is realiable, Axis provides very good support . Here's a sample image that it took. If you want to take it up a notch and need more resolution, the ACTi acm-4201 is 1.3MP, slightly better image quality, better low light capability but it will set you back another $25-50. The Axis has a glued in lens, the ACTi has an interchangeable lens.


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WaveJam
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

buellwinkle wrote:
If you want to take it up a notch and need more resolution, the ACTi acm-4201 is 1.3MP, slightly better image quality, better low light capability but it will set you back another $25-50. The Axis has a glued in lens, the ACTi has an interchangeable lens.


Thank-you for the response... I took your advice and went with the ACTi ACM-4201. I found one new on ebay for $170. So far, I really like it. Much better res than my Panasonic robo cam. The ONE thing that I am not pleased with is the inability to direct link to the cam for a still shot or a stream. Someone showed me a way to link to it but the URL had to have an account name and p-word in it. Not cool.

Regardless, I think this cam will create a much better time lapse video than the old one. I have it ftping a picture (continously overwriting with the same filename) for the website (http://www.frederickscanner.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=102&Itemid=272) and then its doing a seperate ftp (with unique filenames) for my time lapse.

Thanks again.
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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't understand, you wanted time lapsed video but now you want snapshots on a website. Why not just use the snapshot command? Use the example below and put in your IP address:port, user/password

http://192.168.1.5/cgi-bin/encoder?USER=Admin&PWD=123456&SNAPSHOT

Create a regular user account that has only viewingpriviledges, then you won't stress out about having someone tamper with your camera. Think about it, you either leave out the user/pwd and let it prompt the user or provide it, either way, why would you want it to work password free where anyone can view your camera just by knowing the IP address?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah... Well, in my limited experience with network cams, the ability to access the cam directly for a still or video without credentials has been standard (at least with the ones I have used). I assume now that this is not standard thing and would have added it to my wishlist. But, they way I have the Acti set up now will suffice. I do many different projects that incorporate live video or stills via network cams. One project that I did uses several cams that need direct live access - TankedCam http://tankedcam.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=87&Itemid=99
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't have to set a password. I created a userid yes with no password and that works. GET_STREAM instead of password get you streaming video.

http://192.168.1.5/cgi-bin/encoder?USER=yes&PWD=&SNAPSHOT
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