Sensera cameras that capture time-lapse provide users with an automatically created video or a separate custom one.  For details on both, continue reading below:

Part I:  Automatic TimeLapse Videos

Once a TimeLapse schedule is in place, your Sensera camera automatically takes these images and creates one comprehensive time-lapse video, via SiteCloud.  Provided there are at least
15 new images taken since the previous update, the video updates nightly.  You can also:

  • Watch the camera's automatic time-lapse video from within SiteCloud or public access pages
  • Download the automatic time-lapse video to your computer for additional management and viewing


Please Note:  If "Play TimeLapse Video" or "Download TimeLapse Video" are not available for selection, there are not enough images available yet

The automatic time-lapse videos offers a certain level of modification that ranges from duration to exclusion of dark images.  To access these options simply do the following:

  1. Within SiteCloud click on the "View" page on the top right-hand navigation
  2. Click the clock button and select "Configure TimeLapse Video"
Users will see the menu below with the following options:



  • Duration (minutes):  Allows users to determine the length of their automatic time-lapse video.  Please Note:
    • "Use FPS" is the default setting and allows administrators to choose the number of frames per second their video displays
    • Total length of a video is determined by the number of time-lapse images on your camera
    • You may also choose a 1, 2, or 5 minute duration in this field.  SiteCloud will then create your video based on those inputs, automatically adjust the frames per second, and select the set of images used
  • Time Span:  Allows users to control how far back the automatic time-lapse video goes.  Please Note:
    • "Since Beginning" is the default setting and would include all time-lapse images on your camera
    • Options for "Last Month" or "Last Two Months" are also available for users interested in recent time frames
  • Exclude Dark Images:  If selected, SiteCloud will exclude pictures that are less than a given brightness percentage
    • If selected, a brightness scale with a percentage will appear that tells SiteCloud how dark the images must be before they're excluded.  The default 25% is the recommended value but can be adjusted, as needed
Important

  • Automatic TimeLapse Videos are updated once per day and overnight.  Any changes to these settings will not propagate until the following day
  • Automatic TimeLapse Videos are generated at a resolution of 480p (720x480).  Higher resolution videos should be done through Custom TimeLapse Video

Part II:  Custom TimeLapse Videos

Automatic time-lapse videos (see above) ensure users have a recent video for your project, whereas the custom time-lapse video provides more flexibility when it comes to managing video quality and date range.  Custom videos are available within minutes of submitting the SiteCloud request.  To create a Custom TimeLapse Video, do the following:

  1. Within SiteCloud, click on the "View" page on the top right-hand navigation
  2. Click the clock button and select "Configure TimeLapse Video"
  3. Select "Create Custom video" and the below dialogue will appear:


  • Start/Stop Date:  Select the range you'd like to use for time-lapse images
  • Duration:  Determine the length of your video in seconds and SiteCloud will compute the necessary frames per second to set that duration  Please Note:
    • 10 seconds is the minimum duration
    • Maximum duration is determined by the number of time-lapse images on your camera
    • Selecting too short of a duration means SiteCloud will not use every image and the dialogue will say "subsampled" as shown in the screenshot above
  • Video Size:  Determines the frame size of the video with 480p, 720p, and 1080p as options, depending on camera model
  • Quality:  Determines overall quality of the video.  Please Note:
    • Higher quality videos are much larger in size and take longer to generate.  If a smaller video file is preferred, choose a lower quality
  • Compatibility:  Allows a user to select which version of the h.264 protocol to use on your video.  Please Note:
    • Older computers may be unable to play videos that use h.264
    • Select "Legacy" for a video that almost any computer can play
    • Select "Cutting Edge" for a video that uses the best available version of h.264 (provides better quality)
  • Add Informative Intro:  If selected, the video will start with a three-second title page before the time-lapse begins
  • Exclude Dark Images: If selected, SiteCloud will exclude pictures that are less than a given brightness percentage
    • If selected, a brightness scale with a percentage will appear that tells SiteCloud how dark the images must be before they're excluded.  The default 25% is the recommended value but can be adjusted, as needed
Click "Create Video" when satisfied with your selections.  Please Note:

  • Depending on the number of images in a video, it can take anywhere from 20 seconds to an hour for it to render
  • When a video is completed, a notification will display in SiteCloud, letting you know the file is ready for download
  • The video will be created whether you're logged into SiteCloud or not