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Time-Lapse Project – Part 1 – The Parts

So i had the idea to create a timelapse movie and had been looking for some time to get a “Very long term” timelapse device. You can find quiet a few cameras on the market which do give you the possibility to create such series of pictures, but they all come down to the same issue: the problem of power! Most of these devices have internal batteries which need to be charged over (Micro) USB cables which in outdoor situations becomes difficult to keep it dry. Special casings might help but it always becomes a risk factor, because those devices are not ment to function like that.

The only option i found were cameras from a brand called Brinno. I had seen one before at a friend´s but what irritated me most was the fact, that these devices could not do Full HD. Their maximum Resolution was 1280×720, which is nice but the cheaper ones even only do 720p. And honestly they do not come in cheap… But i have to say, they are solid, the picture quality is okay and they do run over weeks and even month without changing batteries. So for a project without energy they are in my eyes definitely the best option!

And so i ended up in a plan constructing a Raspi-Camera with an Outdoor Water Proof Case. Finding such a thing is almost impossible! You could take an old CCTV Outdoor Case, but honestly they are simply huge! Something small and discrete looks different… So i ended up with a Kickstarter Project called PiCE which was realized in 2013. Luckily i was able to buy a “used” case on ebay. But i have to admit that i had the chance to get a case which was never really used. Only a few scratches but that´s it, it had never even been assembled.

So after having my case, i had to start planning the rest. An old Raspi B was luckily on hand, because that was the device at that time the case was designed for. I bought a new Camera and started my assembly. For the software part i chose motionEye OS, which is a nice environment if it works, easy to use with a very user friendly interface. It can even stitch your time-lapse video together! So maybe no need for post production.

That´s the plan, follow up will come next month with some problems i ran into and where i am seeking for solutions =) But that´s how it is with the Pi. It´s always work in progress.

Main eischten Raspberri Pi

Virun geraumer Zäit ass mäin éischten Raspberri Pi ukomm =) Wierklech eng vun deenen beschten Spillsaachen di ech mir an leschter Zäit geleescht hunn! Fir all di di net wëssen wat dat fir een Apparat ass, hei eng ganz kuerz Zesummefaassung: Et handelt sech dobäi ëm eng Aart Mini-Computer, een bëssen méi grouss ewéi eng Scheckkaart, knapps 1cm heich deen eng Reschenleeschtung vun engem alen Handy huet.

Un sech also net wierklech den Dram PC fir den Normal Benotzer, ma fir Leit déi een bëssen Computer begeeschtert sinn, eng absolut Mega Spillsaach! Jo d’Rechenleeschtung ass minimal am Verglach mat engem Standard PC, an mat 512MB Ram ass en och net wierklech een Supercomputer ma d’Communautéit déi sech ronderëm forméiert huet dréit mëttlerweil zum absoluten Hype bäi!

Un sech gouf den Mini-Computer erfonnt fir jonk Leit zum Programméieren ze motivéieren, ma ewéi bis d’Hardware-Hacking-Community vun deeër Spillsaach Wand krut gouf aus deem klengen Projet een Monster wat vun allen Säiten mëttlerweil quasi mëssbraucht gëtt fir divers Saachen ze realiséieren fir déi een bis dato komplett PC Systemer gebraucht hunn, ower nëmmen minimal Ressourcen an Usproch geholl hunn vun deem PC. An elo gëtt et eng Hardware déi vum Stroumverbrauch hier esou minimalistesch ass, dass een normalen Raspberri Pi fir ënnert 20€ dat ganzt Joer komplett duerch lafen kann an trotzdem wierklech vill Méiglechkeeten bitt. An deenen nächsten Wochen ginn ech op di divers Projeten an déi ech realiséieren wärt!