Set Up

Filezilla: Transfering your Time Lapse Images

FileZilla is a Free FTP Client. FTP = File Transfer Protocol, an easy method for transferring your Time Lapse images stored in the cloud, to your local PC. Below is an overview video on setting up FileZilla and transferring your images. FTP just like 4G, Network Cameras and IP, its probably all a bit new to you. However, once you have done this a few times its all very easy.

Look at your cloud folder as your archive and storage but not necessarily the library where you flick through and view images. It is best to do that and the post production when the images are on your local machine.

  1. Install the Filezilla Client Link here
  2. Use the Site Manager & Enter Host, Username, Password and Port – ( details on the excel sheet we sent you )
  3. Select images (all on the right) to your Local Documents (on the left)
  4. After you have done this a few times, see our tutorial on Filezilla Site Manager, this is a quicker way to access images.

BELOW: Enter your Host (domain name), User-name, Password & Port Number. These are on your provided Access Sheet 

  • Click the Site Manager within File ( top left )
  • Click new site & Name
  • Host, Port Number, User Name & Password are all on your excel sheet
  • Copy the rest of the info as per the image and click OK
  • Then go back in and press connect – You should now see your images

BELOW: The message box and prompt to skip images wont appear until all the new images have transferred first. If you navigate away from Filezilla (whilst its downloading new images), Make sure you come back to your PC as it may be waiting for the command. The Skip Prompt shows at around 34 seconds into the video below. 

EXAMPLE: You have transferred your first batch of images and a month has passed, remember that first batch will stay in your Cloud. You log into FileZilla again to transfer the last 4 weeks of images. Complete the above as usual and your local folder will start to populate with all the new images. FileZilla will then notice that you have transferred some of the images that are already in your Timelapse Folder. So, we simply command FileZilla to “SKIP” those images. Your Local Folder will now only populate with any new images since the last transfer. 

 

SELECTING IMAGES WITH FILEZILLA

Your 50GIG Cloud will hold 10’s of 1000’s of images. However FileZilla sometimes can stop filling up when you have around 7500 – 8000 images in your folder. Don’t worry your images will still be in the cloud. Here is how you select some to delete. Alternatively you could download a few thousand, zip file them locally and then upload back to your cloud folder as an archive.

The below video shows you an example of selecting to delete images. FOR TRANSFER: Just drag the selected to your local document folder on the left. You can also use “Ctrl” & “A” on your keyboard to select all. 

8MP, 4K UHD P-iris Lens Remote Camera & Image Features

Our 8.3MP 4K UHD Network Video Camera features an advanced P-iris Lens with a Remote Focus, Advanced Focus (area selection) and Optical Zoom. We can make changes for you. However, production partners usually have different editing software and a preference to how bright or dark an image should be. Therefore changes to brightness, sharpness, contrast and zoom may be best completed by yourself. HERE IS A LITE GUIDE TO SHOW YOU HOW:

TIP: As part of your Installation you should test the 3G/4G Signal and remote access. Make sure you can access the camera remotely, if you are in a out of town area or have some bad luck with the local Cellular Mast, it may be better to complete these changes locally (when your laptop is connected to the Router / Access the camera through its Local IP Address).

Please note: the below Live Video stream on the focus is not full 8MP, its a reduced in Megapixel, compressed feed, used only for Optical Zoom clarification.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: We cant stress this enough, some of the best camera images we have are from cameras left in their default settings. These image enhancements are optional and a few small changes may help.

Most Common Used:

  • Remote Focus & Zoom
  • Image Sharpness & Brightness
  • Wide Dynamic Range – Dynamic Contrast
  • Shutter Speed – Mainly for indoor projects, letting light into the sensor is good on a dark image, but can be too bright when the sun comes back out. Be careful with this one.

Check the current image view using the Set Up Image GRAB URL (keep it open in your browser ) >> Make a note or Screen Grab ( use Tiny Take by Mango ) your current settings >> Make any changes you like & save >> Open a new tab next to the current downloaded image and capture a new one >> Compare the 2 x images and see if it was better before or after your changes >> Save and keep the same or go back to how they was before.


Access the camera, click “SET UP” at the Top Right, See “BASIC SET UP” now top left menu, Select number 5 “FOCUS & ZOOM”.

You could try these settings at home, your back yard or even the office before the camera is taken to site.

REMOTE ZOOM AND FOCUS

Its not mandatory to change the zoom settings, a lot of the time cropping is preferred in Post Production.

  • Perform an auto focus. Lens adjustment, zoom in and out and perform an advanced focus. The advanced focus is where you create a designated area that you would like to focus on.

Please note: the Live video stream on the focus is not full 8MP, its a reduced in Megapixel, compressed feed, used only for Optical Zoom clarification

REMOTE CAMERA & IMAGE SETTINGS

  • Most common settings that make a difference to the image: Exposure, Gain and Shutter Speed. Here you can also change brightness and sharpness and more.

ACCESS: Log into the Camera, click “Set Up” top right, menu then on the left, Select “Video” then ” Camera ” Settings ”

These settings are from our Advanced 8MP Cellular Time Lapse Camera.


CHANGE, SAVE, REFRESH & REPEAT. . . .

As mentioned above, the best thing to do: Download a live image from the Camera using the “Set Up Image GRAB” URL, evaluate the image and leave it open in your web-browser Tab. Make what ever changes you like and save them. Don’t forget to make a note of the settings encase you want to change back to them. Open a new web-browser tab next to the current downloaded image. Copy and paste the image Grab URL into the new Tab and hit Go or Refresh. This will now download the new image. Flip between the 2 x Tabs and see if the change of settings improved the image to your own preference. If it did, great and you can now move onto more settings. If not, that’s OK, just change back to the original and save.


Wide Dynamic Range – Enable Dynamic Contrast

WDR mode is an on-camera technology that extends the time lapse camera’s range, to cover a greater span between the bright and the dark areas in the image. The simplest method of combatting WDR is using Dynamic Contrast, a capability built-in to most of our cameras.

In this method, the camera’s sensor captures an image with a higher bit depth (an internal property that translates to dynamic range) than what the camera can actually deliver. The camera then performs advanced tone mapping, in which some brightness levels are dropped, to decrease the bit depth to a format that a computer screen can handle. Both the darkest and the brightest parts are taken into account, resulting in more details at both ends of the scale.

Filezilla Site Manager for Quicker Access

This post is designed for people who have already used Filezilla a few times to transfer images. You already have some experience in using your log in credentials and making a connection to the remote cloud host.

There are several more in-depth posts on Filezilla but in a nutshell: Filezilla is a FREE FTP Client which makes a connection to your remote cloud image folder and allows you to transfer images to your own “local” computer.

If you have multiple cloud servers through Burgess Technologies then using the Filezilla Site Manager can be useful. Even for single site applications you may find this a quicker method of logging in and transferring images.

Your current FileZilla log in will require you to enter all your log in details for each new session, with Site Manager you can have those details stored. Furthermore, you can have your local image folder path saved.

** When we say “local folder” this is the folder on your local machine, your personal computer, your laptop or MAC etc. 

BELOW IS A QUICK OVERVIEW VIDEO of logging in with site manager.

Don’t miss the start as it shows you where the Site Manager is

WHAT WE HAVE DONE 

  1. Within Site Manager we have added the credentials of the remote site(s) we will be connecting to.
  2. You have an option to auto connect ( as per video example ) or be prompted for your password.
  3. Your local folder where you usually transfer images to is already saved.
  4. You can quickly reference the number of images you currently have in your local folder & remote folder.
  5. Click any image in the remote folder and then click “Ctrl” & “A” together on your keyboard ( short code for select all ).
  6. Then drag the selected “all” to your local folder.
  7. FileZilla will note any images you have already transferred, select “skip” when prompted to exclude these.

MULTIPLE SITES

If you had 2 or 3 different sites you could have each saved in the Site Manager and named as per your project. This will be an easier way to manage multiple construction projects.

HOW TO ADD YOUR SITE TO SITE MANAGER

Follow the below, if you struggle we can set up a Screen Share and remotely control your PC and do it for you.

  1. Click Site Manager Top Left
  2. Click “New Site” & name it
  3. Complete the “General” & “Advanced” top tabs but leave “Transfer settings” & “Charset”

GENERAL TAB: Add your provided host name. . . .Protocol: Select “FTP – File Transfer Protocol” . . . . . . Encryption: Select “Require explicit FTP over TLS”. . . .  Login Type select “Normal”. . . . . Then input your provided User Name & Password.

ADVANCED TAB:  Browse and select your local folder where you save your time lapse images to. The remote folder is the name of the cloud folder you want to connect to. This is really important as it will effect the way you first view and transfer images.

Example: Your remote folder path is usually your cloud domain name followed by 2 x folders. mycamera.com/images/timelapse

  1. So, if you put your remote site directory as /timelapse and going off the above path, the connection will take you directly into your JPEG folder, as per the video examples.
  2. If you put /images as the remote site directory this will take you one step back and the instant connection will take you to the folder ( SEE VIDEO BELOW )

Don’t be too confused by this just try either, the difference this makes depends if you want to drag your folder over or select your images with the ability to compare folder quantities first.

 

Can't quite manage this ?

Please do have a try, if you cant quite manage the set up we can do it for you.

We would need to use something like TeamViewer and you share your PC. Remotely we can then take control of your computer and make the changes for you. You will need to schedule this in with us, please email Paul – paul@burgesstec.co.uk

4G Comms Box & Camera Mounting

Included in our system price is our pre-build and configuration service which can save you £100’s. No electrician or camera technician is required on site, all the time consuming set up is completed in our workshop. The only thing left to do is power up our 4G comms box and position and point the camera. This page will help you prepare for the installation day and ensure nothing is overlooked.

The IP65 comms box as pictured above is included but without the pole mount bracket. Typically this box is installed indoors. The lid is secured with 4 screws and the cellular and networking hardware is DIN rail mounted. This is the most common deployed and often screwed to a wall. Optional upgrades include:

  • The Pole Mount Bracket – Fitted and Secured
  • A lockable Wall Mount Box – Key/Lock
  • A larger Box to take the optional 1TB HDD
  • A larger Box to house Plug Sockets – usually when Pole Mounted

POWER, POINTS A & B

For mains power applications and even solar, the comms box is installed at Point A, which is where your power supply is. The camera location is Point B, this can be 100’s of feet away from the plug socket. Point A and B are connected on one supplied outdoor data cable. The comms box outputs data and power over the Ethernet cable to the camera. You can run 100MTRS (330 Feet) as standard. The 4G comms box features 20mm cable glands and your outdoor cable is already cellular connected and ready to plug into your camera. AS STANDARD, the system ships with a 50 foot outdoor data cable, we can make this longer upon request.

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A TYPICAL SET UP FOR POINT A & B

POLE MOUNTING

4k time lapse on pole
pole mount
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The camera is usually always pole mounted, the included bracket is similar to the middle image above. The included steel straps will fit a pole that is 67 – 127mm. The comms box as covered at the start is usually wall mounted. It has a high ingress rating of IP65 so it can be used outdoors. If you want to pole mount it you need to buy a bracket from us as an accessory add on. If you want to run your own power sockets into the same waterproof enclosure (comms box) you need to request this. That would involve an upgrade to a larger enclosure.

RECAP

  • The included comms box is small & compact, the lid is secure with 4 x screws and it can be fitted to a wall.
  • Enclosure upgrades and accessory’s are available to purchase from us.
  • The camera can be 100’s of feet from the mains power.
  • The included steel straps for the camera pole mount will fit a pole that is 67 – 127mm wide.
  • The included outdoor data cable is 50 foot – Longer lengths need to be requested, max of 330 feet.
  • The additional indoor/outdoor high gain antenna has a 5MTR lead – 10MTR extension leads can be purchased