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Re: Is the Cam Down?

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by at4chho2 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:24 pm

Don't want to be niggling... :redface: but the resolution of the pictures has been changed...few days ago the new cams in Orpen and Satara delivered high res (1920x1080 or 1280x720), now it's been reduced to 640x375... :cry:
Or is this part of the ongoing testing and finetuning and will be reset to full resolution again? :pray:
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Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by vinkie » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:52 pm

at4chho2 wrote:Don't want to be niggling... :redface: but the resolution of the pictures has been changed...few days ago the new cams in Orpen and Satara delivered high res (1920x1080 or 1280x720), now it's been reduced to 640x375... :cry:
Or is this part of the ongoing testing and finetuning and will be reset to full resolution again? :pray:


I must agree with at4chho2,

The resolution has changed and it's not an improvement...the quality of the picture in high resolution was much better than the picture quality in 640x375 resolution.
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by MATTHYS » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:12 pm

Thanks for the feed back/alert, at4chho2b and Vinkie :gflower:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by Danie » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:10 pm

vinkie wrote:
at4chho2 wrote:Don't want to be niggling... :redface: but the resolution of the pictures has been changed...few days ago the new cams in Orpen and Satara delivered high res (1920x1080 or 1280x720), now it's been reduced to 640x375... :cry:
Or is this part of the ongoing testing and finetuning and will be reset to full resolution again? :pray:


I must agree with at4chho2,

The resolution has changed and it's not an improvement...the quality of the picture in high resolution was much better than the picture quality in 640x375 resolution.


Hi Vinkie and at4chho2

The settings and resolution are definitely not final yet. The current setting of the resolution is the lowest we would "allow" from Orpen/Satara webcams. The current resolution is set to 640x375. It is on this setting for a test to check overall impact on several aspects in the bigger picture:

  • Bandwidth usage of the data line to Satara and Orpen. Bandwidth comes at a price and is sometimes not available at the capacity and speed we would like to have. Remember, these sites are not in the city with lots of available communication technology, options and capacity (yet). Those of you visiting some of these sites in person would have seen that even the cellular service providers do not always offer high speed bandwidth from these sites because to get the cellular network out there in high capacity and speed, it is not available or not cost effective (yet).
  • Impact of the increased bandwidth usage by the webcam traffic on our other business systems (online) at these two sites. Bear in mind the webcams do not have a dedicated data line for the webcam at these sites only but it is shared with other critical business systems (e.g. reservations, check-in, email, other internet, admin, Financial, HR system and more). We can't allow that the webcam traffic, decreases the efficiency and speed of our other business critical systems at the webcam sites (if you have been to Orpen or Satara we can't have our guests visiting these camps/gates standing in a physical queue because the comms link is too slow to be checked in because of the webcam traffic)
  • Every image from the webcams must be processed by the website and displayed, generating more traffic (in volume) for the website pushing up bandwidth usage of the website itself which might lead to higher cost (depending on the service provider)
  • Some of our online viewers, do not have very fast internet and the bigger size images might be slower to download via slow links of some of our viewers. This issue is getting less and less because of the higher bandwidth becoming available around the world and the cost of bandwidth is also coming down
  • If the data lines are fully utilized and the image is so big that it is taking more than 15 seconds to get to the server in the US, the next image is supposed to be retrieved already from the webcam before the previous one is complete and this will lead to delays and missed images. This should not happen any longer - but there is still a chance that it might!

In summary: The current resolution of the Orpen and Satara webcams is not final and combined with several other settings on the webcams and the website, will influence the quality of the image you see via the website. Our intention is to bring you the highest quality images to your screens around the world! So watch this space for continuous improvement measures!
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by MATTHYS » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:14 pm

Our intention is to bring you the highest quality images to your screens around the world! So watch this space for continuous improvement measures!

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by at4chho2 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:24 pm

Danie wrote:Our intention is to bring you the highest quality images to your screens around the world! So watch this space for continuous improvement measures!


Thank you very much for the feedback and the explanation! Of course this is fully understood!! So we wait excitedly what the testing and optimizing will bring up!
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Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by vinkie » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:13 pm

Danie wrote:
Hi Vinkie and at4chho2


In summary: The current resolution of the Orpen and Satara webcams is not final and combined with several other settings on the webcams and the website, will influence the quality of the image you see via the website. Our intention is to bring you the highest quality images to your screens around the world! So watch this space for continuous improvement measures!


Thank you for your response Danie :thumbs_up:

We are so happy that all the cams are online and that you provide us a little SANParks window which makes it possible for us to view the animals while we are on the other side of the world!! :cool:

The upgrades on both Satara and Orpen cams are amazing, keep up the good work :thumbs_up:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by melph68 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:11 am

Dear Danie,

thanks so much for all the work you and the team are doing to get the new Orpen and Satara cams set up :gflower: :gflower:

Unfortunately when I logged on for my midnight shift I found the Orpen cam to be going a bit haywire, with a black screen in the cycle :doh:

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Also I read above that you are working on optimising cam resolution for bandwidth efficiency, but please please please can we have some more resolution on Orpen cam so we can see the animals more clearly :pray: :pray:

Such a shame the two big male lions Rita, theifbadger and Foxy captured last night are so blurry :?

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:32 am

It seems something went "bump" in the night, because the Orpen cam is showing a lot of interesting pics of the area around the waterhole, but not much of the waterhole itself.

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by MATTHYS » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:12 am

Thanks for the alerts, Mel and Karin :gflower:
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Unread post by Danie » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:47 pm

Karin Mitton wrote:It seems something went "bump" in the night, because the Orpen cam is showing a lot of interesting pics of the area around the waterhole, but not much of the waterhole itself.


Hi Karin

After the lions came to have a drink last night, I "looked" around the water hole via the webcam to see if they were still around. I also switched on the infrared function that is why the images went to black and white. I also checked behind the camera and to the sides (where the flood light is not providing light).

The webcam mode was also changed to "tracking" (and not the normal pre-programmed tour of presets which lets the webcam "tour" in the programmed way). In "tracking" mode, the webcam moves to where there is movement and caused the webcam to "look around" during the night wherever movement was picked up. In the testing phase here in Pretoria, I have tested this mode which is very effective in controlled environments but it does not work perfectly out there in the bush. The webcam is unfortunately mislead by movement of grass, trees, leaves, etc and that is not perfect and it caused the webcam to be fooled by these movements! I have changed it back to normal touring this morning.

What it means is that the lions did move away from the water hole after they had a drink and did not stay otherwise you would have seen the lions on the cam again!

I hope this helps with the explanation!
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by Danie » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:00 pm

The Orpen webcam was taken offline on purpose at 13:58 SAST today - settings changes were made... should be online again in a jiffy! Already rebooting and coming back online... #patience #reboot
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Unread post by MATTHYS » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:04 pm

It was in a jiffy 8)
Already online, thanks Danie :D
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Unread post by Danie » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:10 pm

Danie wrote:The Orpen webcam was taken offline on purpose at 13:58 SAST today - settings changes were made... should be online again in a jiffy! Already rebooting and coming back online... #patience #reboot


Just be patient...the image size/view is not 100% yet after the change. The image displayed on the website is not the "full picture" yet...picture displayed on the website is cropped ...website team working on that (thanks Anton!)
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