I want to set up a wireless camera for a science experiment. I want to film a butterfly emerging from its chrysallis and broad cast it on our website. It must have a time stamp so I can record the exact second it emerges. It has to be outside. I need recommendations about what kind of camera to buy, what is the best software and hardware (router I suppose) for a webcam
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Hi there, this is an unusual request - but I'm sure quite rewarding. I would like to assist, but only following your understanding that I do not have this specific experience on the camera lens itself. Please let me know if you would like me to proceed in this way. Kind regards - XXXX
Shay: If you can help me with the setup software I think I can find a web cam. btw Iforgot to mention that I would need to be able to see it in the website 24 hours a day whcich means the camera would have to be able to film at night
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Hi ya, ok....from what you have told be so far. I will switch the format that we type & read on to allow easier reading, etc.
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I will guide you in the direction that I would head towards personally...Firstly, if we can start with the camera:- you need to consider a few points.1) If camera will be close up (ideal as you will not need as much high definition or picture quality and a higher price for the camera) then it will have to have a very low picture view. This may need to have a lens lens than 1mm as a focus point. Close up for a CCTV system tends start no lower than around 2.8mm upto around 3mm.2) Night vision is not a problem. The most common method is Infra-Red. But consider whether or not this may have an effect on the natural developement of your subject. An alternative would be to have a camera capable of black & white picture (switches automatically when light level drops to very low) and possible add a little extra light from a distance just to allow a tiny amount of night vision. This could be possible a slight glow from a window perhaps 10 feet away. Its a case of further experimentation to get a balance of minimal light and a good picture. The Infra-Red is ok, but also look at still having the camera switching to Black & White to give a far greater detailed quality of picture.Secondly, recording suggestions would be with the following:1) You can purchase an IP camera which also contains a MultiMedia memory card. This will allow network viewing and will record onto the card for play back at a later date. However, the memory card data may only last a day or more.2) This is a better option, connect a standard camera that fits the requirement mentioned earlier on. Connect this to a DVR unit that will record for 1 week or more when set onto the highest quality setting. Connect the DVR to the internet (user manual will talk you through this option, but may also require your IT representative to participate in a small way). This will allow generally speaking, multiple viewers, play back ability by these viewers, a much larger recording ability, in many cases - smart mobile telephones technology can also access the camera and all of this equipment is re-usable for many other applications after this project is done.Perhaps with this info that I have given so far, we can now discuss a little more on an equal level in terms of best options. Will await your response - kind regards XXXXX XXXXX
Thanks. That is very helpful. THe part that worries me the most is the software for connecting to the internet and just how to upload to the website so it is viewable 24/7. When you say the user manual willwalk me through this option" Is that the user manual that comes with the DVR or the camera? Do all DVR's have this user manual
Hi,The video ability over the internet can be done by 2 or more methods. 1) Video footage can be LIVE where users will get a direct link into the DVR. This will them allow the user to view real time. This is part of the DVR's capabilitys and therefore is covered within the manual. However, the manual's tend to assume that you are already a little aware of how to connect to the internet and therefore its helpful if you or another is available with some internet IP experience. 2) Once recoreded, (post transition or subjects transformation) the video footage can be extracted from the DVR. This can then be placed on the web for others to view. It can also remain on the DVR but you will need to stop the DVR recording much longer as at some point in time it will over-record your current footage. 3) The other option as mentioned in brief only so far is the I.P. camera which will allow internet access directly to the camera. This tends to have the short memory span (possibly 16 to 32gb SD type memory card) so you can record simultaneously but again, you will want to remove the card once the footage has been recorded to your satisfaction - the camera will still work on the internet without the card inserted if you wish. Or you could get a camera that connects to the internet AND has a conventional BNC output which will allow 'Dual Path'....that way you can record from the BNC to a DVR and have live connectivity via the Ethernet (internet) connection....at least this would keep out side users from direct access to the DVR and possibly make operation easier. The footage again, can be extracted from the card & placed onto you website.....all of the above will be dependent on the points such a compatibility of the type of file formats that your website can store and if it can handle allowing your users to get linked from your website to the I.P. address of your camera.......the user manual for a conventional camera will be informative of the camera functions only....a manual on the IP camera will give you a little more info on working with IP but will not delve too much into networking. But again, you need primarily to find the camera which will give you that very close up viewing. At some point, I guess the 'budget' would have to play a role in this also....hope this is still helpful, but weary that too much info may cloud your options. Best regards XXXXX XXXXX
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Taken a while to get back to you as I intended to mention that the software will either be included with the DVR system (is specialised) or it will be capable of being viewed with the standard Internet Browser as supplied via Microsoft on your PC already. Please let me know if you wish to establish any further guidance or concerns that may remain outstanding. Please come back to me if that is the case, or if you are ready to accept the answer then please feel free to acknowledge this on your screen. Many thanks - Shay