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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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bkleist "Unfortunately the cameras had been giving us a lot of trouble, and have not yet been deployed. The good news is that I was able to figure out how t..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "Thanks for the post! Any updates on where the camera is? " | Read more » over 5 years ago
xose "By the way warren, I'll follow close the outcome of the work around the Social Emergency Response Center (if finally there's time) " | Read more » over 5 years ago
xose "I've just mailed you to the unterbahn ;) " | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "In person, @xose? :-) " | Read more » over 5 years ago
xose "I will be attending! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "These folks apparently did use timelapse cameras to track truck traffic: https://publiclab.org/notes/mathew/05-20-2014/frac-sand-frisbee-maps-again..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
dswenson "Thanks Warren. Blasting events resonate landscape and concern! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "Wow! looks like you have a great spot for the camera! Thanks for posting " | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "Wow this thread is such a great resource! Thanks all for posting in! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
liz "Perhaps see related tutorial on estimating the height of waste piles (the flipside of the problem you are facing here): https://publiclab.org/notes..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "I really like the motion sensor truck counter approach. Do you think the motion sensing abilities of the Crenova trail camera will work for this? P..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
marlokeno "@warren A few notes about that green stuff. I've been looking into information on mine reclamation with our local sand mines, which are, unfortunat..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
glennwalquist "@cfastie @warren@tayreed@patcoyle Thanks for this incredibly valuable input as to the potential for measuring extracted volumes and stored pile..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Also, I'm curious what the green stuff is applied near the roads; I've heard that "reclamation" can be selectively applied with invasive grass arou..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
cfastie "Structure from motion could be done with ground based photos, especially if the camera was on a tall pole. Multiple photos would be needed which in..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Oh, that's great to hear, @bkleist, and yes, you can use http://ifttt.com to get an email to trigger a text message. I'm happy to help you get that..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Oh, that's great to hear, @bkleist, and yes, you can use http://ifttt.com to get an email to trigger a text message. I'm happy to help you get that..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
bkleist "@Warren, I just watched the video you commented above and I love it. That is exactly what i want to do by using the trail camera. The Dylos setup i..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Hi @glennwalquist -- I'm curious if volume of sand could be measured using a 3d app like this: http://www.123dapp.com/catch Perhaps using some of..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Both @patcoyle and @cfastie have done a lot of this. Do you two know if this is at all possible? Thanks! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "That's great to hear, thanks. 4 months would indeed be great. Just came across this -- blasting caught on timelapse at a mountaintop removal site ..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Wow, I also want to point out at 0:49 seconds (in the compressed video) there is definitely blasting captured in the Vimeo video timelapse: " | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Oh wow, I know the brassica family well in my kitchen, but didn't know they sprout quickly. Will give it a try, thanks! " | Read more » over 5 years ago