Network IP Camera Captures Time Lapse Photos of Antworks Habitat

I recently wrote an article on the CCTV Camera Pros blog on how to use an IP camera for time lapse video photography projects. I decided to put the process documented in that article into practice by capturing a small colony of ants build an ant farm / tunnel system in an Antworks space habitat. I used a Zavio F3110 network IP camera to capture 1280 x 720 resolution snapshots every 3 to 5 minutes. Zavio IP cameras can be configured to capture a JPEG image at a time interval that can be defined in minutes. I configured my camera to take a snapshot photo of the ant habitat every 5 minutes and upload the photo to the FTP server on the same web hosting server that is hosting this article (if you are reading it on the videos.cctvcamerapros.com website).

Time Lapse Video

This is the complete video that is comprised of 1546 images that were captured by the camera over the course of 4 days.

Day 1 Time Lapse

This time lapse video was being automatically generated automatically on our web server via PHP script and Javascript. I stopped the photo capture temporarily to turn the habitat around because the front was fogging up. We also noticed that web browsers would begin to use too much memory when the number of images increased too much. So, this is just the first day of images when we had the Antworks box facing forward.

The photos used in the above MJPEG video can be seen in this image gallery.

Day 2 through day 4 photo gallery

This is the rear view of the Antworks habitat. This side is not fogging up so we will leave the camera focused on this side for now.

The photos used in the above MJPEG video can be seen in the image gallery for day 2 through current time.

How it works

The below network diagram documents how the image capture, upload, processing, and display basically work. If you have any questions, you can contact me here.

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