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Timelapse Kit
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The **Public Lab Timelapse Kit**: fight polluters by catching them on film! _Above image via @glennwalquist -- [read more](/notes/glennwalquist/12-04-2016/monitoring-sargent-sand-mining-operation-in-ludington-michigan#c16131)_ A number of folks are working across the Public Lab network to set up cheap #timelapse cameras. Help out and hold polluters accountable! ## How it works It doesn't completely -- yet! We're testing this approach in a few places around the country, and looking to prove it out more. But the basic idea is to point a timelapse camera at a place where you hope to catch pollution happening, to collect evidence and to pressure them to stop. [![Screen_Shot_2017-02-28_at_2.34.17_PM.png](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/690/medium/Screen_Shot_2017-02-28_at_2.34.17_PM.png)](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/690/original/Screen_Shot_2017-02-28_at_2.34.17_PM.png) (above, timelapse of [blasting at a mountaintop removal site](/notes/LauraChipley/09-18-2015/hacking-trail-cameras-to-document-blasts-on-mountaintop-removal-sites#c16250) via @LauraChipley) This could be used at: * refineries * mine sites * industrial facilities * anywhere you can safely place the camera ## How to help We're collecting well-documented examples of this technique in action, and we need: * great photos of camera setups * example footage * easy instructions on how to share your images ## Questions [questions:timelapse] **** ## Try it out We're organizing meet-ups to assemble kits, test them out, document and install them, so that lots of people have a chance to learn how to do this and spread the word. The basic kit is based on: > $103 (with 16g SD card) [Crenova Trail Camera](https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016OASTDY/) - 12 megapixel, 8 AA batteries (note that it's actually 5 megapixels, but it stretches images up to 12, unfortunately) Get in touch (jeff@publiclab.org) to organize a local group to assemble, document, and test, and report back how it goes. **** ## Activities [activities:timelapse] **** **Flyer handouts:** timelapse-kit-card.pdf and 4-up version for printing: timelapse-kit-card-4up.pdf **** [![tmp_15415-IMG_20170214_121228_354-1789056372.jpg](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/546/large/tmp_15415-IMG_20170214_121228_354-1789056372.jpg)](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/546/original/tmp_15415-IMG_20170214_121228_354-1789056372.jpg) (Above, prototype box mock-up) ...


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cfastie "I think what you are proposing is quite realistic. Depending on the scale of your study areas (e.g., How tall are the cliffs?), this could be accom..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
samwf "Thanks for the awesome feedback, Chris! Another way to tackle some of the problems presented by my project is to define a meaningful 'contour'. Fo..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
cfastie "This looks like a great project. The photos used for structure from motion models should have a few characteristics: They should be high image qu..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Found an online JavaScript based version -- a little rough but maybe it means we can expand this out and do it without installing anything: http://..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "What are you hoping to measure with it? " | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Here are a couple leads! https://publiclab.org/notes/cristoforetti/06-22-2016/webvalley-2016-improved-compact-spectrometer https://publiclab.org/..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "Awesome! I'll update the post with those edits. Thanks. " | Read more » over 5 years ago
gilbert "On the main menu, press the down button continuously until you find "Time Lapse" option, which is beyond the immediately visible list of options. ..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "I've just bought a $40 GoPro look-alike that has WiFi, and will be testing it out at the Appalachia Barnraising. We'll check in once we've done thi..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
cherylh "Thanks so much! Very helpful... I can post again once we've figured out which options we're going with. Cheryl " | Read more » over 5 years ago
cherylh "Hi, thanks so much for these helpful responses! I can post again once we've figured out which options we're going with... Cheryl " | Read more » over 5 years ago
lot "Hi! Did you tried FPV Cameras normally used in drones? Depends of the distance, can be very cheap (25$): https://www.banggood.com/FX-FX798T-5_8G-60..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "@xose, just a note about this great question that was posted over the weekend -- i'd love to hear more about your #raspberry-pi trail camera -- esp..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Hi, Cheryl -- there's a little bit about cell-enabled trail cameras for remote #timelapse monitoring, here: https://publiclab.org/notes/LauraChiple..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
cfastie "Point and shoot cameras typically last a few hours when running on batteries. Trail cameras typically last a few months to a year because they ente..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
patcoyle "For prior work see: https://publiclab.org/search/patcoyle?page=1 " | Read more » over 5 years ago
patcoyle "It's been a while since I've flown my cameras, but my suggestion is to try you cameras and get develop your own data for what you can expect out of..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "Hi there, wondering if you've been able to get the camera up and running? Think we might try to get one going in New Orleans to watch for stormwate..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
dswenson "The lower seal of the camera encasement did get ~24 hours of prolonged exposure (partial submersion) to elevated water volume during last week's he..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Wow yeah, i'd thought it was waterproof, but it's good to know (although too bad!) that heavy rains can damage it. Do you think it got submerged at..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "Hi Dwight, wow sorry to hear it was damaged -maybe we should look into a different type of camera @warren . Would have been great to catch some of ..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
dswenson "Hi Stevie, I'll attach some recent sedimentation examples. We've experienced heavy rain fall and flooding this month which caused moisture damage..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "Hi Dwight! Have you tried to up the photos taken per day? catch anything interesting? " | Read more » over 5 years ago
liz "Wow, super!!! " | Read more » over 5 years ago