Sounds good Brad. I will probably get in touch with you as things get closer.
I know that the summit is well wired, but I don't know the extent of their wireless capability. As Ryan mentioned, the main problem will be keeping the camera working in the prevailing conditions. I just looked up the operating conditions for the camera that I have... The manufacturer lists "5-50 °C (41-122 °F)
Humidity 20 - 80% RH (non-condensing)" - obviously not typical MW conditions in late November... We'll see...
My outside web cameras have a similar temp range. But, they keep on running through the winter to 5 and 10 degrees below F. As soon as it starts to get cold I lock them down so the pan/tilt/zoom is turned off. They have worked fine that way. Lens focus is still a moving part.
Ed, when do you head for the summit? wondering when the web camera testing might start.
I'll be in NH as of the 18th, and head up to the summit the morning of the 19th.
I emptied the test pictures out of the album and it is all set for you. Remember, there is no space limitation. So, let as many images go as you want.
Matt and I worked on this on his webserver. He would pull the public webcam image every 15 minutes and cache it on his server (he did this for the Vista sidebar app we wrote, that way it wouldn't impact the MWO servers)
Every 15 minutes, after it grabs the latest shot, it recompiles them all into a flash movie (time lapse), it keeps doing this all day until a set time.
We also snag images for the hazecam.net site (the double webcam images) and make those timelapses as well
btw: here's the Vista sidebar app
Thanks for the info Brad and Kirk. I will probably bring two web/video cameras with me - One is a small Axis network webcam - has all the normal functions for ftp, etc., and is scriptable. The other is a standalone mini video camera camera, waterproof, that records to an SD card. I think the main issue will be keeping the camera from icing up. The other issue will be securely mounting the camera so that it doesn't get blown around. I'm sure that Ryan or others know what has been tried before, and will have other ideas, so that knowledge will help.
As an alternative, I can always take pictures at intervals with a still camera, using physical references points to keep the frame the same each time.
Even if you have to take stills I would guess that Kirk has some special software that would take the movement out as it creates the video. If you need a place to store extra image files, let me know and I will create another album for you. Then you can FTP or use the Fotki built in features to upload the files. When you get home you can download them or whatever. It could be a handy place to store them if the SD card gets full.
Thanks Brad. My hope is that the mini video camera will do the trick - it can be set to 1fps if need be. Once we have the footage we want, it would be relatively easy to pull it into iMovie, and speed it up, so that hours of footage are reduced to minutes. The camera does not record in an iMovie compatible format, but there are a number of ways to convert it.
Also, if the conditions are right for rime, we can try a number of methods - do the video, do stills as backup, see what produces the best result...