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#11440 - 03/09/11 09:27 PM Re: Webcam Video [Re: Rod]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6789
Loc: Fresno, CA
Here's a video from today. The clouds after 1 PM are fun to watch. You can see Venus in the last few frames.



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#11441 - 03/10/11 06:47 AM Re: Webcam Video [Re: Steve C]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Very cool, Steve!!

Question -- I noticed that the elapsed time clock was scrolling through one-minute intervals, and not the normal 10-minute intervals that the webcam uses. How did you get pics every minute to use in this awesome compilation video?

CaT
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#11442 - 03/10/11 07:33 AM Re: Webcam Video [Re: CaT]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6789
Loc: Fresno, CA
Sharp eye, CaT! wink

The webcam computer/camera setup takes a picture every minute. But only uploades every fifth picture to the internet.

For every 1-minute picture taken, it creates a smaller-sized image for the video, and stores it in a folder on the computer. At the end of the day, the SebecTec software automatically makes a video from those.

It took me quite a while to create a DOS script to keep track of which picture in the sequence was being processed.

I'd really like to take a picture every 15 or 20 seconds and try making a video from that. Even the one-minute video is jumpy with the moving clouds.

If anyone is interested, here's the 11 MB .avi video file of the above video. Due to its size, I'm not sure how long I'll leave it on the website.

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#11630 - 03/16/11 10:26 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6789
Loc: Fresno, CA
I have just learned the computer driving the Whitney webcam seems to be having trouble connecting to the Internet. Russ at the museum will try working on it more this afternoon.

We are missing views of the current storm.


Edited by Steve C (03/16/11 10:26 AM)

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#11749 - 03/20/11 11:59 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6789
Loc: Fresno, CA
Interesting issue with the webcam...

I was off-line for several days, so I called Russ at the museum. He had checked the line to the router and modem, and all checked out ok. So he pulled the computer out of its hiding place in the base of the tower, and opened up the case.

Inside the case, a mouse had taken up residence, gaining access through an uncovered expansion slot. The nest was built right on top of the cooling fan and communications card, and there was a lot of mouse droppings inside, too.

Russ took on the unfortunate task of cleaning up the mess, and upon reassembling it all, the webcam is back on line!

Oh, and the expansion slot is now sealed with aluminum tape.

...and now a power failure on Friday stopped the Williamson webcam. The camera needs it's power button pressed to bring it back on-line -- an easy task once you open up the box it is in.


Edited by Steve C (03/20/11 02:09 PM)

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#11783 - 03/21/11 07:53 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: Steve C]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
So, our webcam computer housing a mouse ... is that what you call a mouse pad???

CaT
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#11792 - 03/21/11 10:21 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: CaT]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2172
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
The Museum needs a CaT?

No pictures = It didn't happen:



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#11793 - 03/21/11 10:28 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: wagga]
lynn-a-roo Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 618
Loc: OrangeCounty
Wouldn't it be correct to say "mice", looks like two of them. They're darling. Has anyone named them yet?

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#11794 - 03/21/11 10:31 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: lynn-a-roo]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2172
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
How about "Positive" and "Negative"?
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#11795 - 03/21/11 10:33 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: wagga]
lynn-a-roo Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 618
Loc: OrangeCounty
Positive and Negative.....I like the names.

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#11796 - 03/21/11 10:33 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: wagga]
CMC2 Offline


Registered: 11/04/09
Posts: 160
Loc: CO
Looks to me like 2 candidates for either the Barn Owl cam or the Eagle cam & I know PETA will be after me for that, plus a few on this site.

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#11798 - 03/21/11 10:46 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: CMC2]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2172
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
Actually, they have a distinguished scientific background. Both occupied the Applied Electricity Chair at a major University.
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#11805 - 03/21/11 11:45 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: wagga]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Originally Posted By: wagga
How about "Positive" and "Negative"?

OMG!! I am laughing so hard!!! I was thinking of something in a slightly darker vein, but, I love it!!

I have another one -- how 'bout "Leader" and "Legend"? (If you're not a college football fan, that won't mean anything to you.)

Also, CaT would be happy to comply with mouse removal duty -- just move him to California!

CaT
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If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracle of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
- Lyndon Johnson, on signing the Wilderness Act into law (1964)

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#11806 - 03/21/11 11:58 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: CMC2]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
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Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
Originally Posted By: CMC2
Looks to me like 2 candidates for either the Barn Owl cam or the Eagle cam


Nah, Momma birds don't go for cooked food.
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#11807 - 03/21/11 12:01 PM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: CaT]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2172
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
Originally Posted By: CaT
Originally Posted By: wagga
How about "Positive" and "Negative"?

OMG!! I am laughing so hard!!! I was thinking of something in a slightly darker vein, but, I love it!!

They are from the same family, so they have the same surname, that being "Terminal".
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#11990 - 03/23/11 08:58 AM Re: Webcam Problem [Re: wagga]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2172
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
This morning the Whitney cam was down for an hour or so. Steve was informed, and the Museum staff woke up the mouse or something, so it's back up again.

If you notice a problem, just email SteveC. He works, he doesn't watch the board every minute, so don't be shy.

A lot goes on behind the scenes to make this a humming board.
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