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 Post subject: Re: Cam chit chat
Unread postPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 10:15 pm 
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Danie, out of interest are you able to see the cams in real time via your remote control?

Hi PJL, Yes, I can view most of the webcams in real time here from Pretoria (especially Orpen and Addo; Nossob is via satellite so also a bit of a challenge). If there is sufficient bandwidth on the data lines to the sites where the webcams are to sustain the video stream and carrying the commands sent to the webcam, I do control the webcams now and then BUT Satara is not at that stage yet to do if often :cry: ..but soon.....upgrade! So at Satara that only happens in special cases (like today!)

At Satara I see about a frame of video about every 2 seconds (at the moment after hours - 22:10 SAST) and it takes about 15 seconds now (after working hours) from the moment I tell the camera to move (zoom/pan/tilt) until it actually reacts due the the lack of bandwidth to Satara.

During the day, I try to avoid watching the Satara camera 'live' and controlling it to enable our 'normal' online data/network operations to continue using max bandwidth available (e.g. checking in of our guests, etc) to ensure other crucial data to flow on this link. When I command the webcam during the day it takes around 50 seconds to react! So one has to anticipate the move of the camera and it is not very easy to control as it does not react as expected and animals do not wait for the pan or zoom to complete :lol:

The data line to Satara will be upgraded very soon within the next month after lots of changes on the microwave system of the telecoms company in Kruger National Park and it will then be more than 10x faster! So we are all looking forward to that - especially my colleagues at Satara!

That also opens up more possibilities on the webcam(s)...but.....lets not make promises now...perhaps..mmm..audio?

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 Post subject: Re: Cam chit chat
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Danie wrote:
...but.....lets not make promises now...perhaps..mmm..audio?

Oh, WOW :dance:
I know.....no promises now :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Cam chit chat
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Thanks Danie - really informative :thumbs_up:

And yes... audio as well?... :big_eyes:

How about some live streaming first? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Cam chit chat
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:thumbs_up: Lets wait and see, it could be nice. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Cam chit chat
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good news... continue on this way :dance:
and thank you :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Cam chit chat
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Satara web cam now has 3350views. 8) What a great cam day. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Cam chit chat
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Yes all sorts of possibilities open up but the bandwidth requirement does not only stop between the site (e.g. Satara and Pretoria). Internet line/ISP/other service providers are all also involved to enable all to see/hear/experience the bush online!

At the moment with the 4 x webcams, forums and website content, a substantial volume of Internet traffic flows via our website monthly.

So the data volumes via our website are quite high with the current scenario already...but where there is a will, with technology there is always a way! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Cam chit chat
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Cammers,
I am going to leave the Satara webcam at wide angle of the waterhole to ensure full visibility of the lions if they visit the waterhole for a drink during the night. I hope you will have some good sightings later on as well! What an exciting day on the Satara Webcam!
I am heading home now...

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 Post subject: Re: Cam chit chat
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Danie wrote:
Cammers,
I am going to leave the Satara webcam at wide angle of the waterhole to ensure full visibility of the lions if they visit the waterhole for a drink during the night. I hope you will have some good sightings later on as well! What an exciting day on the Satara Webcam!
I am heading home now...



Thank you Danie :thumbs_up: ....safe travels home.... 8) it has been a long day at the office for you. :shock:

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:thumbs_up: Danie. 8)


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Satara cam views now 3430. :thumbs_up:


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We need two :pray: more to complete our BIG 5 on the cams within 24 hours.... :whistle:

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vinkie wrote:
We need two :pray: more to complete our BIG 5 on the cams within 24 hours.... :whistle:

:mrgreen: That will be nice. :D

8) Satara cam 3450views. :thumbs_up:


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Good Morning Danie!

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 Post subject: Re: Cam chit chat
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Thank you for being so on the ball your efforts were appreciated by everyone. Looking forward to the next phase of the cameras. I can see that Sanparks have excellenet people in their employ!!! Not just at the Park but in all ts services. Please pass on my thanks to all.

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