Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

6305 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 378

Lifetime subscriber

Topic # 84862 9-Jun-2011 17:59
Send private message

I've got a client who builds houses.  He wants to do a time lapse of his next build right from the foundations being laid, to the house being completed.

I'm wondering what the best way to do this is.  Obviously would need to be some sort of camera with a memory stick in it, and power.   I'm wondering whether it's worth having the internet installed in a separate box on his builder's temp pole, just so I can remotely monitor it.

Ideally we would set the camera up, it'd take a photo every hour, and we'd remove it once the house is complete.

Any ideas of hardware/setup would be great.

Create new topic
2071 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 492

  Reply # 479448 9-Jun-2011 18:43
Send private message

You can buy compact cameras with interval timers, that shoot every 30 seconds or so, then build a box  with a glass window and a hood to keep rain off the window.  Inside the box you should be able to connect the camera to a tripod mount type screw, to keep it firmly in place while it captures photographs.  Make sure it does not fire the flash, as that will give sub par results and drain the battery quickly.  You'll probably need 2 large memory cards (8GB+) and shoot on a medium-low jpeg resolution.  Add to that about 3/4 camera batteries that are charged and ready to swap out every half day...

Or use a Netbook+Camera set up with a program that will allow remote capture, plenty of software that will do it, google around 

5 posts

Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 479497 9-Jun-2011 21:35
Send private message

It might be worth having a look at CHDK. I had a bit of a play with a couple of months ago with some time lapse and lightning capture scripts and it seemed reliable enough to be a pretty set and forget solution as long as your camera has external power and a weatherproof enclosure.


50 posts


  Reply # 480117 11-Jun-2011 18:20
Send private message

It comes down to: 

What are you going to do with the finished video?

What is the clients budget?

How much post production are you willing to pay for?

Anything is possible, but it is very very easy to mess it up if you approach it without full testing, and redundant systems.

Your best bet is to employ a professional to set this up and manage the project for you.

I am a professional cameraman, and I film a lot of timelapses. The longest duration construction project that I shot was a 20 month duration.

For that one I used a housing, custom fabricated to be solid on a building nearby, I used a SLR, exposed it so that the traffic below was blurred out, and so the focus was on the building. I framed it so that we could move in and out of the timelapse virtually in post. We took one frame per hour over daylight, dawn and dusk. Shutdown overnight. Power was mains power with a battery backup and also a solar panel trickle charge backup. Site was visited once per week for downloading and checking.

There are so many ways of doing a construction timelapse, in the end, as with most things, it comes down to budget.

Ben Ruffell
Director of Photography 

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Stuff Pix enters streaming video market
Posted 21-Mar-2018 09:18

Windows no longer Microsoft’s main focus
Posted 13-Mar-2018 07:47

Why phone makers are obsessed with cameras
Posted 11-Mar-2018 12:25

New Zealand Adopts International Open Data Charter
Posted 3-Mar-2018 12:48

Shipments tumble as NZ phone upgrades slow
Posted 2-Mar-2018 11:48

Oppo R11s: high-end Android, budget price
Posted 27-Feb-2018 16:27

Samsung New Zealand introducing the Galaxy S9 and S9+
Posted 26-Feb-2018 07:00

Fujifilm X beats its best with new top of the range, high-performance camera
Posted 24-Feb-2018 14:05

One million kiwis affected by cybercrime
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:58

New Zealanders want to engage with government online and via mobile apps
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:56

Samsung launches Samsung Max
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:52

CPTPP text and National Interest Analysis released for public scrutiny
Posted 21-Feb-2018 19:43

Foodstuffs to trial digitised shopping trolleys
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:27

2018: The year of zero-login, smart cars & the biometrics of things
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:25

Intel reimagines data centre storage with new 3D NAND SSDs
Posted 16-Feb-2018 15:21

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.