Webcam Time Lapse
By Matt Shepherd
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****Version 2 is ready for retina displays and Mavericks! ****
Utility to create stunning time lapse movies from any webcam that serves up static images (jpeg,tiff,gif,png). Simply put in the url to a webcam image. Select the rate to download images, set the frames per second on the output, and click record. After a couple of hours you will have a time lapse of the webcam.
Great for security, setup a webcam at your house and record.
Also can create time lapse movies from attached webcams or built in iSight/Facetime cameras.
***Go to my website to see sample video
What's New in Version 2.1
Reworked image processing to drastically decrease memory usage.
This will record off the built-in iSight, and the old external (FireWire) iSight. I tried a few webcam URLs but no go. Since there’s no built-in help, judging only from the error message, I guess the URL it wants is for an image (still or streaming JPEG?). Most webcams I found seem to use Flash (ugh) or Java. It’d be nice if a future revision included a list of known good URLs.
The UI isn’t polished. The “preview” window is really a view of the last frame taken, not a live view of the camera as I’d expect when using a connected/built-in cam. It uses a slider for the playback FPS (fixed to multiples of 3 seconds, why?) but a type-in box for the capture rate. A nice touch is expressing the playback rate as a meaningful number. The suggested save-as file name is basic: untitled.mp4. It could be cleverer and use the camera name or the starting date and time of the capture. The UI gets the job done.
- Category: Video
- Updated: Dec 19, 2013
- Version: 2.1
- Size: 1.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Matt Shepherd
- © 2013 Matt Shepherd
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor