Time lapse cameras do an excellent job of capturing the evolution of a build, and more and more construction sites are turning to solar time lapse cameras to do the job. But are they worth it? Here are the pros and cons of using solar-powered cameras on your project.
Every construction site needs to be monitored. It’s especially important to be able to keep an eye on things when you’re not on-site in person. COVID-19 has increased demand for remote surveillance on construction sites. But beyond surveillance, cameras at construction sites can provide a ton of additional benefits.
The Ocean Cleanup is a nonprofit that is developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. And they’re doing this by developing large floating systems that concentrate and collect the plastic from the sea. It’s the largest cleanup effort in the world. Yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. View a time lapse of the construction of one of their systems and learn more about the effort.
CamDo customer Albert Sanfeliu recently shared footage of a recent 7-month project that he completed through his company, Pandora Box TV. The video shows the rehabilitation of an industrial warehouse for loading, unloading, and storage of products that arrive via sea transport. The ship was badly damaged, both internally and externally, so steel masts had to be placed outside for the first five months in order to have a high point of the space.
I had the pleasure of traveling to the Yukon in search of Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) awhile ago. Photos of this phenomenon are always pretty spectacular and I wondered if I could capture something similar but in time lapse format using my GoPro. As a backup I also packed my trusty Panasonic Lumix, a nice compact camera with all the requisite manual controls.
I had been wanting to put the latestCamDo UpBlink Time Lapse Controller (which was released earlier this year) through its paces in a more challenging environment and this was the perfect opportunity. We had recently iterated our successful outdoor solar enclosures so I also took one of these along to see what interesting time lapses we might be able to capture.
CamDo customer Tomas Jurjonas of Metropolis Visual recently shared this 18-month Chichester Free School construction time lapse footage with us. The project was a demolition of the now derelict Carmelite Convent in Chichester, UK in order for the building restoration/construction of the Chichester Free School. And we’re not sure what we love more: the beautiful footage or the story of how it came to be.
Kyle Martin, of the popular YouTube channel "Kyle Martin Tech: GoPro Tips and Tricks", had a chance to spend some time with our BlinkX time lapse controller and SolarX solar enclosure. View the video to hear what he had to say.
CamDo customer Bobby Gibson, who has been featured twice before in our blog, including this bridge construction time lapse project and this solar panel installation time lapse, recently shared his overview of the CamDo long term time lapse tools he has been using to capture his construction time lapse footage, namely the SolarX Time Lapse Enclosure.
CamDo Solutions has released CamDoMachine, our free time lapse software, to help you to create time lapse footage easily, quickly, and without bloated software.
Our time lapse software was designed to be simple to use: CamDoMachine can take images from any source, including ShootX, as opposed to other time lapse software like GoPro Studio: it is a powerful tool, but it only allows the use of GoPro footage.
The best part about CamDoMachine? It's completely free!
CamDo customer Bobby Gibson uses Blink time lapse controllers with GoPro HERO4 cameras to capture a solar panel installation time lapse. This project was done for a solar company called Auric Solar to help illustrate how quick and easy solar panel installations really are.