Monday, June 1, 2015

Camera Update!

Just a note on camera operations.   In the lower left hand corner of the display is a number that is constantly changing. This is the kbs stream flow and is an indication of the amount of data that the camera is streaming. The amount of data is very dependent on the scene. Generally, if this number is below 500, you can expect a fairly good video.  If this number is over 500, you can expect some choppiness and stalls on the video.

The upload capacity of the Visitor Center cameras is between 2000 and 3000kbs for both cameras, so it tends to get backed up when there is a lot of wave, people and boats in the scene.

Eventually advances in technology will improve this situation, but for now, I'm doing the best I can.

Thanks
Den

20 comments:

  1. Tom and Jan Lynch, Woodbury MNJune 1, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Dennis, thank you for the explanation. Even though we know next to nothing about this technology, we are feeling pretty impressed with ourselves, because we figured out (all by ourselves) that the transmission deteriorated when there was more action going on.

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  2. Thank you for all that you do it is greatly appreciated. If you didn't we could not see this beautiful lake from our home. Love Duluth and the lake. Thanks again.

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  3. Dennis, Thank you for the explanation and all you do to make these scenes available on the internet. Also for dealing with problems in such a timely manner! 3 L and 2 S to Dennis!
    Lakewood

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  4. Don Detloff, Fair Haven MIJune 1, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Dennis,

    I have often wondered what those numbers represented. Thanks for the explanation and thanks for all your hard work. It is much appreciated.

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  5. Dennis, the more people that discover your wonderful cams the harder your job becomes. For those of us 'long timers' we thank you for all your hard work! You are doing a great job!

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  6. AMEN !!!! and DITTO !!! Penny in IL

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  7. You're doing a terrific job, Dennis!!! We know it's not an easy one.

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  8. Thanks everyone for your kind remarks.
    FYI, I have dropped the resolution of the cameras a bit in order to smooth the camera streams out. I hope this helps.
    Den

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  9. The cams seem to be working good tonight Dennis,,,,,,, you the man.... Check out mid summer lakers dream on u tube,,,, pretty cool.....thanks man,,, bombs away......

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  10. You're doing a great job,far better than anything I could imagine doing! Hats off to you!

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  11. Just viewed the footage of the clipper Makiri. Was that from your drone? Very good quality and steady. What kind of restrictions do you have in the harbor? Looking forward to seeing great shots from this camera during the summer. Thanks for all you do.

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  12. Yup, the images and video are from the little photocopter. I fly the copter carefully and always get permission where there might be a concern.
    Although I am well below any air traffic, one of my biggest concerns is a seagull going after the little copter. I try to keep my distance.

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  13. Eagles have been known to snatch them right out of the air too.

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  14. You are doing an amazing job and I thank you again! If anyone has complaints, shame on them! I have enjoyed all the cameras and now that photocopter! What a cool tool!!

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  15. Thanks Dennis, I think your site is great!

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  16. Ah, that's what it was. Good to know. And keep up the good work. Great webcams!

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  17. All cams down today? Thanks for the great shots of the Makiri. I was really looking forward to viewing it coming or going but, missed both times. :(

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  18. Hi Kathie,
    Cams are fine, just a bit of fog in the area.

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  19. Katie,
    Sorry, it does look like the streaming service is having an issue. Shouldn't be too long.

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