1080p Full HD IP Time Lapse Camera, 5MP or 720p HDThe iTime Lapse Systems Team
Full HD Time Lapse Camera @ 1080p is the maximum you really need
First of all, if you have browsed and surfed around the internet, you may have found some similar systems to the ones we sell. There are many time lapse solutions that offer above 5MP. One in particular sells 8MP cameras that cost around £3000.
The question is, why ? Why would you need a time lapse camera that offers a massive resolution of 8MP. Yes that powerful impressive resolution sounds great on paper. However, we can not view a time lapse movie in a greater resolution than that of full hd @ 1080p. Thats there is a fact.
Lets take a look at time lapse resolutions in a little more detail. You may find this illustration useful >. This section is also a good reminder of the simple product set that iTime Lapse systems provide our installers with.
HD 720P IP Time Lapse @ 1280 x 720. This is by far the most cost effective time lapse kit we sell. We say “by far”, but actually, to upgrade to the full hd system is not much more money. So why would you need or want a lower resolution ? The first reason is usually money. If you are not showing or “showcasing” your product on a grand scale, then 720p will do the job. If you look at the image, 1280 x 720 will not suffer any quality loss if the screen you are viewing it on is around 14 inches. Also, you may just want a small scale time lapse solution that you are sharing on-line. Such as Youtube and the other video sharing sites.
Full HD 1080P IP Time Lapse @ 1920 x 1080. The above is the most cost effective. This full HD Time Lapse system is by far the most popular we sell. As we first mentioned at the start of this page, anything greater than 1080p is potential overkill. Its certainly not a waste of money to go higher than 1080p, we will cover that next with our 5MP solution. However, if a 8MP solution is going to cost you around £3000, then perhaps that is overkill. So, to recap, this is the best seller because 1080p is the maximum we can view on our machines. You can not watch video in a greater solution than 1920 x 1080p.
5MP IP Time Lapse @ 2592 x 1944. Ok, so if you have the read the above, have we just contradicted ourselves ? Well, not quite. A 5MP solution is used when you require some flexibility with digital zoom and image cropping. If you want to crop your 1080p image, the video will have parts that are less than the full HD resolution.
What we say on this ? Customers who usually buy the superior 5MP option are those that want the best. They have realised the money they can save with any of our solutions. Even going for the 5MP will save them a lot of money from another solution they was looking at. Zooming and image cropping is not a must. Within the standard full HD 1080p bundle, you can get the camera to remote focus for a perfect view field.
Capturing & Sending HD Images for your Final Time Lapse Movie
From our Manchester location, we pre build and assemble the IP Video camera into the IP67 cable managed housing unit. For our time lapse solutions we usual use either Sony or Panasonic. Two giants within HD imagery and HD video. Once the camera is on site, you need to select and decide your connection. Actually, you should probably decide this before the camera lands on site.
The most simple connection is to use an available network point. This is also known as an Ethernet port. Just like you would find on your home router. If the full HD time lapse camera is being used at a End User site with a networking infrastructure, more than likely they will have a POE switch. The IP Time lapse camera operates over the IP (Internet Protocol) network. You need to connect it to a Local Area Network (LAN). It makes sense to use POE connectivity. If your switch is a POE switch, send power to the camera. If not, just buy a one port POE injector. POE switches are found within our “System Add-on” page.
“My Construction site has no internet connection !” No need to worry, this is quite common. You can opt to connect the HD Time Lapse camera to a laptop or NAS drive. Either device acts as your “ Local Area Network “. However, this kind of set up disables the best feature of IP based Time Lapse. The ability to view your construction site remotely. We dont encourage the use of NAS devices. You will not see them as a system add on with iTime Lapse Systems.
Wireless is also an option. We find the 3g router to be an easier solution. A wireless bridge kit will also do the job. Our core wireless solution we can bundle with our time lapse camera, is a Point to Point bridge kit. You are sending an internet signal from point A to point B, with a clear line of sight.
So we now have the camera connect to a network (LAN/3g/Wireless), within the time lapse software you set the camera to send a HD JPEG image to a remote server. This is done by using FTP. We have lots of info on FTP including a FREE service you can use.
You can set the camera to take and send a JPEG image every 10 minutes. The images will then sit in a file you have made in time order. When the project is finished, your camera would of helped you collect 1000’s of images. Now you drop them into an editing suite to create your HD time lapse movie.
There is quite a lot to take in ref network based time lapsing. We courage you to call us, we can explain on the phone how it all goes together.
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