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Old 07-27-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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HowTo: Timalapse movie


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HowTo: Timalapse movie

[quote]In this tutorial I quickly show how you can make timelapse movies.

1.

First you need nice webcam where you can download pictures.
Here is couple of Google searches that I use when I'm looking for cameras.

Google image search: /record/current.jpg
http://images.google.com/images?hl=e...gbv=2&aq=f&oq=

Google image search: intext:"Shift-Reload to Refresh Image"
[URL="http://images.google.com/images?imgsz=small|medium|large|xlarge&[/quote]
 
Old 07-27-2009, 02:41 PM   #2
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Thanks for the idea!

I wrote a simple bash script to grab the images and save them with the time and date:
Code:
#!/bin/bash

if [ \! -d $HOME/logs/webcams/soton/ ]; then
   mkdir $HOME/logs/webcams/soton/
fi
cd $HOME/logs/webcams/soton/

while true; do
   DATE=$(date "+%y-%m-%d-%H-%M-%s")
   wget --timeout=15 --quiet -nd -np \
   http://www.southampton.gov.uk/webcamimages/largesize.jpg && \
   mv largesize.jpg soton_high_street_${DATE}.jpg
   sleep 900; # be polite and use reasonable time values ;)
done
I'm looking into how to do this with my own USB webcam - I should think it's possible to grab an image from it relatively easily and it'd make an interesting video to see how we move around the flat
 
Old 09-29-2009, 07:10 AM   #3
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I'm glad you find this tut useful, did you manage to make your own movie from your webcam ?
 
Old 09-29-2009, 07:34 AM   #4
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In the end, I didn't.

I found a program called grabby that would take a single image from a webcam and then store it in a particular folder, but I only managed to get it to compile on Slackware after I contacted the author and he provided me with a few patches. Even then, after it successfully compiled, it wouldn't get the images from my webcam, so I gave up.
 
  


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