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Nossob cam back on landing page?

Unread post by Dabchick » Fri May 28, 2010 7:48 am

If it's not possible to show all four webcams on the Sanparks landing page, can we please have the Nossob cam back? The Addo cam is nice and all, but it's much more interesting to see what's happening in the Kruger and Kgalagadi... :|

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Re: Nossob cam back on landing page?

Unread post by MATTHYS » Fri May 28, 2010 9:52 am

Hi Dabchick,

I am sure that we will soon have the Nossob cam back on the landing page. :D
Please read here.
MelanieG (SANParks Web Content Editor) wrote :
There has always been 3 webcams shown on the home page – and we added the new Addo webcam in the past week as we wanted people to be aware of this new cam – thereby placing on the home page….but we also decided to keep Nossob on main webcam page as it has been experiencing technical difficulties - we will be swopping the cams - but remember all these webcams are visible here.

We will in the future have all 4 webcams available on the home page for viewing.
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Am I alone in disliking the new zooming Orpen cam?

Unread post by jeffgordon » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:45 pm

I used to be absolutely, manically, obsessively addicted to watching the Orpen and Satara cams (to the hilarity of my family and friends who would groan every time I would call them over excitedly to show them another wildebeest drinking or a gecko crawling up the lens) but since the new zoom feature on the Orpen cam was implemented I have found it somehow less than exciting.

The big problem I think is three-fold:

1) Firstly, you can't do time-lapse videos of the Orpen cam anymore. Well you can, but its a right old flashy mess. In the past, whenever I went out or went to bed, I would set my screen capture software to 'on', then review the night's comings and goings. Reviewing it was a simple case of half watching it and waiting for my eye to catch something moving. That's impossible now as the scene is constantly changing.
2) As above, the beauty of having the camera pointed to the waterhole statically meant you could keep the cam window open in the corner of your screen while you worked on your pc and any 'change in scenery' - even something subtle like a dove drinking from the side - would catch your eye. Now with the angle/zoom changing every 30 seconds you actually have to be watching the cam all the time to really appreciate it.
3) There is something quite nice about being able to see the whole waterhole ALL the time. As great as it is to see a bit of a zoom on the left or right side of the waterhole, it always leaves me with gaping anxiety that a leopard/pangolin/serval/aardvark is sneakily having a 29 second drink over on the other side.

I think its terrific that our Sanparks webcam guy(s) is trying new and innovative things with the cams and 2 thumbs up for everything they do. But I really think we were better off with a static view of the hole.

Am I just too much of an old school traditionalist and technical bore or do others feel the same?

Jeff

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Re: Am I alone in disliking the new zooming Orpen cam?

Unread post by Toko » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:49 pm

jgstevens wrote:do others feel the same?

Jeff


I understand what you say, but I like the zoom option very much, because we get better sightings and lots of close ups.

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Re: Am I alone in disliking the new zooming Orpen cam?

Unread post by Jungle Junkie » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:57 pm

Hi Jeff

I absolutely LOVE the touring and zooming :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

We now see "close ups" of animals we never saw before, even raptors are clear when they drink?

How special are the Wild Dogs can see their markings, before all we saw was a teensy weensy animal on the other side of the water. :(

At least the Satara cam is still static for you to time lapse what is happening there! :D

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Re: Am I alone in disliking the new zooming Orpen cam?

Unread post by Sylvia.C » Sun Jul 18, 2010 12:41 am

I'm for the touring cams. I used to get tired of seeing animals across the waterhole that were too small to tell for sure what they were.

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Re: Am I alone in disliking the new zooming Orpen cam?

Unread post by haileyidaho » Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:36 am

:yaya: Jeff
Know what you mean about people thinking you are :tongue: about the cams!

But I love the zoom feature! The close-ups are SO worth the slight vertigo effect. And now that all four cams are so reliable, when they are all open, the movement at the Orpen (and Addo) cam catch my eye and make it easier to watch all four at once (while cooking, working, watching basketball... you know :wink: )

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Re: Am I alone in disliking the new zooming Orpen cam?

Unread post by Kamadejo » Sun Jul 18, 2010 6:16 am

Hey Jeff,

I love the touring, as we get much better pics. :lol:
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Re: Am I alone in disliking the new zooming Orpen cam?

Unread post by Lionspoon » Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:47 am

Hi Jeff! :yaya:

I'm for the touring as well for the reasons stated above. :mrgreen:

But why don't you check the daily threads to see what you might have missed at night? We have a pretty much 24/7 camming team by now and I'd like to think that we get most of the critters appearing on the cams framed by now. :dance:

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Re: Am I alone in disliking the new zooming Orpen cam?

Unread post by Melrockson » Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:00 am

From one cam-addict to another... welcome Jeff! :yaya:
It's lovely to hear from you on the forum.

I think the touring / zooming has it's pro's and con's - just as does the old, non-zooming option. On the positive side, (as other cammers have just said) zooming lets us see the animals MUCH closer-up than before. It is great seeing the markings on those Wild Dogs, or what exactly those birds are doing in the water, or the tiny terrapin sunning itself on the side of the watering hole.

On the negative side - it can be quite exhausting watching the changing view on the cams. And I feel your pain as I too watch the cams out of the corner of my eye at work and find the zooming difficult in such circumstances. I also love the Youtube timelapse videos - so I hear you there too.

I guess it's one of those situations where some will like it and some won't... my stand is I think it's great that half the cams run with the zooming and the other half don't - that way it keeps everyone happy.

To this day it still amazes me that I can even watch a live stream of these watering holes... I know it's such a cliche - but isn't modern technology INCREDIBLE :big_eyes: :lol:

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Unread post by Watusi » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:25 pm

Hi everyone... I am new here so forgive me if I posted incorrectly. I do have a question though... How do you zoom in on the cams? Or is it done through a zoomie? Can one enlarge the cam? I am not having any luck... so I do not know if it is possible of I am just doing it wrong. Thanks for your answers. I am beginning to research various lodges/tours and plan to schedule a trip in the next 2 years or so.

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Re: Orpen Cam 28/08/2010

Unread post by Jungle Junkie » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:50 pm

Hi Watusi - Welcome to the cams and the addiction.

Unfortunately you cannot zoom the cams :( Orpen & Addo have a preprogrammed zoom every couple of shots and sometimes when Danie is off duty he zooms randomly for us.

I am sure the mods will add info here for you! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Orpen Cam 28/08/2010

Unread post by MATTHYS » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:01 pm

Jungle Junkie wrote:Hi Watusi - Welcome to the cams and the addiction.

Unfortunately you cannot zoom the cams :( Orpen & Addo have a preprogrammed zoom every couple of shots and sometimes when Danie is off duty he zooms randomly for us.

I am sure the mods will add info here for you! :thumbs_up:
JJ


JJ is right, Watusi :thumbs_up:
Please see what Danie wrote :
I wish we could make the pan/tilt/zoom available to all our forum members but the data line to Satara is so 'thin', that even we, directly on the network, can not effectively do that. That is why I only now and then use it to check if all is still ok. When I give a command to the webcam, it takes about 10-20 seconds to respond as the data line's capacity is limited and actually used for Satara restcamp operational tasks (e-mail, booking our guests in/out, etc.) and we give preference on our network to that! (unfortunately the telecom service provider can not give us more bandwidth! :( )

Warm welcome to the forums ! :D


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nossob waterhole

Unread post by nicholaslw58 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:13 pm

Has the nossob water hole had some cosmetic work done on it, the sides seem to be more 'user friendly' and sloping

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Re: nossob waterhole

Unread post by Jungle Junkie » Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:29 pm

Hi Nicholas - Looks like it, there is a zoomed picture on the Nossob daily thread today and you can see it more clearly :D
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