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    Wiring POE cameras throughout a forty acre forest to track brown bears...

    One option for the 240 VAC power is to purchase a properly rated step down transformer. i.e. 240 VAC to 120 VAC. Like the idea of primary to secondary isolation with a step down transformer.
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    Camera Alarm output 12VDC, 30 ma

    This is a crude drawing of a circuit could could work for your application. It uses a SSR (solid state relay) that handles the AC load of the alarm device. This also assumes that the alarm is an AC line voltage device. The camera relay is also assumed to be a NO (normally open) device and...
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    Creating Timelapse

    Here is an example of taking a 580 meg file that was converted in BI from and then into Shutter Encoder at 250 FPS. This is the first part of the video in post #30. Even at 250 FPS the images could use a higher FPS number to speed up the action. It is slower than what BI provides. However SE...
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    Creating Timelapse

    Continuous is the best way to make sure the required detail is available. Here, only use cont + trigger as there is no need, at this time, to utilize additional storage. Sounds like a fun project. Be sure to share the eclipse provided it is a clear sunny day.
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    Creating Timelapse

    It was an interesting experiment to see how BI works for time lapse. It is another process for the tool box. When using BI to create the time lapse, the video is taken from what is available on the hard drive IMO. If your BI settings are continuous + trigger then some of the images will not...
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    Creating Timelapse

    Made up a a time lapse using Blue Iris release 5.7.7.18. The process is similar to exporting a video from BI. 1) Choose Set start frame and set end frame. 2) Then select convert export. 3) In the convert/export menu check time lapse. Change the default values if desired. For the sample...
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    Required bandwidth is only 15Mbps?

    Works well. Use a number of Netgear 5 port POE switches with one line (CAT-5) back to the main POE switch. A 10/100 remote switch will work well on the camera end. Usually figure 10 megs per camera thus a 4 port switch is lightly loaded. Plus the remote switch can used any of the 10/100 ports...
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    Creating Timelapse

    Glad that it is working for you. In some test have used 1000 images and it works well. It all depends on your desired outcome. The nice part of Shutter Encoder is that one can keep on reusing the same images and just change the settings. Try setting up BI for 10 seconds and do your test with...
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    Creating Timelapse

    From my standpoint, I would have never thought that image sequence is the same as timelapse. Thus you are not alone in trying to locate that function. In your testing, also consider a camera clone in BI. Set the 2nd camera (clone) at some other rate than 60 seconds per image and place those...
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    Creating Timelapse

    Looks like you are on your way to success with Shutter Encoder. Your first steps are working, but will review just in case. Add your JPEG files to the window by selecting the desired files or just drop the folder containing the needed JPEG files generated from Blue Iris. Under "Choose...
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    Creating Timelapse

    If you are using Shutter Encoder, then no on file renaming. Are you using BI to create the timelapse or Shutter Encoder? Also tried BI to create the timelapse, but no luck on getting it working. Thus stayed with Shutter Encoder to process the individual JPEG files into a timelapse MP4 movie.
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    PTZ Control over Ubiquiti

    Think of the RF link as nothing more than a cat-5 cable for the purpose of sending and receiving data. The camera has to be PTZ plus the controller at the other end must interface with that PTZ camera. Many here use Blue Iris or an NVR for just that purpose. If all of the camera functions...
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    Hikvision DS-2FP2020 Omni-directional Microphone

    One could try cat-5 and see how well it performs, as a bench test, if you have spare cat-5 cable available. The correct answer, as stated above, is to use the correct wire for the task at hand to eliminate future possible issues. It will also depend if the output is at mic or line level. If...
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    Creating Timelapse

    No need to clone the camera as best I can tell. My setup is doing both video coverage plus JPEGs at the same time without a cloned camera. The video BVR files are placed in the "New" folder with the JPEG's placed in the "Stored" folder. However, one can use any folder for the JPEG files. But...
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    Creating Timelapse

    From the Shutter Encoder GUI. The frame rate is set at 18 fps.
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    Creating Timelapse

    This one was most likely taken at 10 second intervals using BI for 1200 to 1800 images. The fps is settable (Shutter Encoder) and for this sequence could be anywhere from 20 to 150 fps. It is best to try various settings, and adjust as needed to fit your requirements as it depends on your...
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    Creating Timelapse

    Here is an example of a timelapse over an 8 hour period condensed to 29 seconds to demonstrate the final result. This is using BI to take the images a Dahua camera and Shutter Encoder to produce the MP4. It generally takes longer to transfer the files from BI to the office...
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    Creating Timelapse

    BI is a plus. The overall process is to use BI to generate the still images from your selected camera. 1) In BI GIU, click on the camera of interest. 2) In the menu that pops up click on "Camera Settings". 3) In the "Show Camera" box select "Record". 4) Check the box for "JPEG". 5) In...
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    Creating Timelapse

    Have used Blue Iris to generate the still images and then a free program to combine into an MP4. Prior to going into the 'how to', are you using BI?
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    Snow Timelapse - 6 seconds

    Bring some of that Texas heat up here. We sure could use it. This is the setup using the Dahua camera turned 90 degrees. To keep the snow off of the camera lens a lid from a 5 quart ice cream bucket is used. Rough up the surface with sandpaper and spray paint flat black. Attach with black...
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    TV head phones

    One other consideration is digital processing delay. If it takes too long to convert audio to blue tooth there may be loss of lip sync which some folks object to. It would be like watching a foreign film with dialog overdubbed in English.
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    Snow Timelapse - 6 seconds

    Repurposed a Dahua 2831 for snow measurement here in the north country. This is a 6 second video of the snow from last night. Time 5:21 pm through 11:08 pm. It consists of 678 images taken at 30 second intervals on BI and processed at 120 FPS.
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    New member looking to replace UniFi Protect with fully local setup

    As pointed out above, the Dahua 5242 is one that uses a Dahua provided junction box with a built in RJ-45 connection.
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    Paint to show up on camera's

    RFID animal and livestock tags Identify and track animals, livestock, fish, and pets using RFID ear tags or injectable RFID ampoule tags. RFID ear tags can be custom printed with tag data, logo, ranch name, and are available in multiple colors. RFID, Inc.’s ISO standard UHF 915 MHz RFID cattle...
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    Paint to show up on camera's

    3M at one time made a paint that contained glass beads for reflective purposes. Perhaps they will have something that will fit your needs.
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    SD4A425DB-HNY Day/Night Switch

    This API call has only been tested on the Web 5 Dahua camera GUI for the SD5A425XA PTZ and HFW5442E-Z4E-S3. One way to test the code is to run on a browser that is on the same network or subnet that the cameras are on. Usually your BI computer. One quick test is to enter the following into...
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    SD4A425DB-HNY Day/Night Switch

    Have not found a way to use the older API for day/night switching for the newer Web 5 Dahua camera interface. However, there is an approach that works for the newer Web 5 blue camera GUI for the SD5A425XA and HFW5442E-Z4E-S3. This uses the "Time Plan" settings to switch from day to night and...
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    How to ideally seal a cable hole in a 5" PVC camera mounting box?

    On this end use the Cantex 4x4x2 plastic junction box (Lowes/Home Depot - note for the same box Lowes is about $1.50 less costly than HD - however prices may vary by location) for mounting Dahua cameras. Used a NM/SE clamp connector with a split piece of 1/4 inch ID vinyl tubing to protect...
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    Dahua day/night switch utility - DahuaSunriseSunset

    If you are using an older cameras with Web 4 then the BI Windows sunrise/set utility works fine. However, for the newer Web 5 cameras it will not function. One work around for Web 5 is to use the PTZ BI hack or use a home automation system to process the HTTP API GET (SET) codes for camera...
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    Blue iris Update Bot no longer updating ?

    True, however one could look at the number of downloads and get an idea of what was more or less stable. But at this point, the site is not up to date so one can not perform this basic check. Is there a current URL that will provide a listing of stable releases available for download? As...
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