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Time-Lapses

Time-lapses are a series of single images that are taken over a period of time, these are useful for documenting project progress. Many customers only have one time-lapse created that begins at the start of the project and ends on project completion.

Time-Lapses Page

Once you have selected a camera to view you can then select the Time-Lapses page.

Selecting Time-Lapses Page

You will then be able to view all of your Time-Lapses on the same page.

Time-Lapses Page

Time-Lapses can be in three different states displayed on the left of the Time-Lapse Bar:

  • Active or Running Time-Lapses are displayed green bar.
  • Paused Time-Lapses will have a yellow bar.
  • Completed Time-Lapses will have a gray bar.

Time-Lapse Filters

At the top of the Time-Lapses page there are three checkboxes that will allow you to filter the Time-Lapses that are showed on the page, by default all are checked.

Time-Lapse Filters

If you uncheck a filter, those Time-Lapses will no longer be shown on this page.

Selecting Time-Lapse Filters

Time-Lapse Bar

Time-Lapse Bar

For each Time-Lapse bar there is (from left to right):

  • A default thumbnail image of the last image taken for that Time-Lapse, with a indicator that shows if the Time-Lapse is Running, Paused or Completed. There is also a Tool Bar for the thumbnail for additional functions on the Time-Lapse (see Time-Lapse Tool Bar).
  • An information pane that shows the Name, Image Type, Photo Timing, Date Range, Beginning and Ending times as well as how often the images are taken for this Time-Lapse.
  • The images that make up the Time-Lapse (see Viewing Time-Lapse Images). Below the image count there is a download icon that will allow you to download all of the Time-Lapse images in a single zip file. The file will be generated in the background and you will receive an email with a link for download when it is complete.
  • The Time-Lapse movies are then displayed. There are the two Time-Lapse movies that are generated by default: Standard Time-Lapse and Day by Day Progress and any other movies you might have created for this Time-Lapse. The Final Time-Lapse movie will only appear for Completed Time-Lapses. Clicking on any of the movies will take you to the Time-Lapse Movie Viewer (see Time-Lapse Movie Viewer).
  • There are also arrows on either end of the images and movies that will allow you to view all of the movies by clicking on the arrows and shifting the thumbnails from that direction.
Time-Lapse Tool Bar

When you hover your mouse over the Thumbnail for Time-Lapse you will see the Tool Bar. By clicking on the Tool Bar, it will open and display several icons (these are permission based and you may not have access to all of the functionality).

Time-Lapse Tool Bar Menu

The icons allow you to control the Time-Lapse in various ways:

Edit Time-Lapse

This icon, when clicked, will allow you to edit the Time-Lapse (see Editing, Pausing, or Deleting A Time-Lapse).

Pause Time-Lapse

When you click on the Pause Time-Lapse icon your Time-Lapse will be paused and no more images will be collected (see Editing, Pausing, or Deleting A Time-Lapse).

Resume Time-Lapse

If you open a Tool Bar for a pause Time-Lapse you will see a Resume Time-Lapse icon. This will resume the current Time-Lapse and it will continue from this point forward (see Editing, Pausing, or Deleting A Time-Lapse).

New Time-Lapse Movie

The New Time-Lapse Movie icon will bring up the New Movie drawer and allow you to define the setting for creating a new Time-Lapse movie (see New Time-Lapse Movie).

Re-Render Movies

By selecting this icon you will trigger a re-rendering of all the movies for this particular Time-Lapse. A dialog box will pop up informing you that “This will overwrite the existing time-lapse movies.” and asking if you wish to continue.

Delete Time-Lapse

By clicking this icon you will delete the Time-Lapse and all associated movies and images that have been collected. A dialog box will pop up asking you “Are you sure you want to delete this time-lapse? Click DELETE to proceed.” This is a permission based function and will not be available to most users.

Creating a Time-Lapse

In the upper right corner of the Time-Lapses Page you will find the New Time-Lapse button.

When you click on this button you will be walked through the process of creating a new Time-Lapse.

There are two types of time-lapses available depending on the type of camera you have:

Fixed cameras only take standard time-lapse images because they can’t move from where they are currently pointed without manual intervention.

PTZ cameras can take panoramic time-lapse images which are a series of smaller images stitched together to make one wide image. You will know you have a PTZ camera if you can create a panoramic time-lapse.

Note: Time-lapse video is not the same as security footage. Your TrueLook camera is continuously capturing video footage 24/7 automatically. You do not need to set that up.

To create a new time-lapse, click on the New Time-Lapse button. (Include image of button)

Choose a Time-Lapse Style

If you have a PTZ camera you will need to choose to create either a standard time-lapse or a panoramic time-lapse. Most customers start with a standard time-lapse.

Choose A Time-Lapse Style
Creating a Standard Time-Lapse

To create a standard time-lapse, complete the fields required in the form. These fields are explained below.

Fill in the Details of the Standard Time-Lapse Schedule
Fill in the Details of the Standard Time-Lapse Schedule
Name This is what you would like to name your time-lapse.

Tip: Make it descriptive so that you can find it when looking at your list of time-lapses later!

Take Photos There are three options provided in the dropdown menu for when the camera should capture images of your project for the time-lapse:

·         Between certain hours: This allows you to set the hours you want to capture Time-Lapses. If you rarely have work continuously on the site, you could use this to set the start and end of the time when work is happening on the site and not take photos at night when no progress is happening.

·         Continuously: Captures images all day and night at the interval you set up in “take a picture every” field.

·         Once a day: Captures a single image each day at the photo time you enter in the “take a picture every” field.

Date Range This is the start and end day you want to capture images during.

·         Beginning/Ending: When you have selected Between Certain Hours, this is where you set the beginning and ending time. Photos will not be captured outside of these hours.

Take a Picture Every When you have selected Continuously or Once A Day, these are the hours and minutes you want images to be captured.
Creating a Panoramic Time-Lapse (PTZ Cameras)

A panoramic Time-Lapse allows you to set the area of the visible image the camera can capture with movement.

Drag to Select Viewing Area
Drag to Select Viewing Area

The first step is to drag the rectangle in the Viewfinder to select the area you want to capture.

Fill in the Details of the Panoramic Time-Lapse Schedule (PTZ Cameras)
Fill in the Details of the Panoramic Time-Lapse Schedule

Once you have selected the area, click Next Step and complete the required fields, listed below.

Name This is what you would like to name your time-lapse.

Tip: Make it descriptive so that you can find it when looking at your list of time-lapses later!

Take Photos There are three options provided in the dropdown menu for when the camera should capture images of your project for the time-lapse:

·         Between certain hours: This allows you to set the hours you want to capture Time-Lapses. If you rarely have work continuously on the site, you could use this to set the start and end of the time when work is happening on the site and not take photos at night when no progress is happening.

·         Continuously: Captures images all day and night at the interval you set up in “take a picture every” field.

·         Once a day: Captures a single image each day at the photo time you enter in the “take a picture every” field.

Date Range This is the start and end day you want to capture images during.

·         Beginning/Ending: When you have selected Between Certain Hours, this is where you set the beginning and ending time. Photos will not be captured outside of these hours.

Take a Picture Every When you have selected Continuously or Once A Day, these are the hours and minutes you want images to be captured.

Note: Due to the time it takes to capture and process a panoramic image you are limited to only 1 per hour.

Editing, Pausing or Deleting A Time-Lapse

Editing a Time-Lapse

Time-lapses can be edited after they have started capturing images. To do this find your desired time-lapse and click on the Tool Bar on the Time-Lapse Thumbnail, select Edit.

Edit Time-Lapse

From here, you are able to change the time-lapse name, when photos are captured or how often and the start and end dates of the time-lapse. However, the end or start date cannot be moved to a date that is in the past.

Edit Time-Lapse

Pausing a Time-Lapse

Time-lapses can also be paused from the Tool Bar by selecting the Pause Time-Lapse icon. Pausing a time-lapse temporarily halts the collection of images. To resume the time-lapse, just repeat the process and click on Resume from the Tool Bar menu.

Deleting a Time-Lapse

Time-lapses are able to be deleted. This will remove from the system all images and any configured time-lapse movies that have been created. To remove a time-lapse, click Delete (the Trash Can icon) from the Tool Bar menu. You will be prompted to confirm your selection.

Delete Time-Lapse

Viewing Time-Lapse Images

All of the time-lapses created will appear on the Time-Lapse Page for each camera. You can filter by running, paused or completed time-lapses using the filters at the top of the page. By default, all time-lapses appear.

Time-Lapse Filters

To view any of the time-lapse images, click on the Image Stack on any of the time-lapses.

Time-Lapse Bar

Time-Lapse Image Viewer

Time-Lapse Image Viewer
Time-Lapse Image Calendar

Access the Image Calendar, by clicking the Calendar Icon at the top of the Time-Lapse Image Viewing page. This gives you a way of changing to a different date or, by clicking the time control, selecting a different time image you would like to view. By Default the current date and the first image for that day will be displayed.

Image Calendar

Alternatively, you can play all of the images in a slide show with the controls at the bottom of the page. When you change the date, the available time-lapses by time will update the other control.

Time-Lapse View Mode

The three dots in the upper right corner of the Image Calendar allow you to change how the images are presented. By default, the intra-day view is enabled. This allows you to see all of the images for a specific day. The calendar and time controls show for each image.

View Mode
Intra-Day All Time-Lapse images are displayed. The image navigation buttons at the bottom of the page allow you to move back and forth one Time-Lapse image at a time.
Daily Only one image per day is displayed. The image navigation buttons at the bottom of the page allow you to move back and forth one day at a time.

Note: Images displayed will be taken from the 12pm (Noon) Time-Lapse image.

Weekly Only one image per week is displayed. The image navigation buttons at the bottom of the page allow you to move back and forth one day at a time from the last day you viewed.
Monthly Only one image per month is displayed. The image navigation buttons at the bottom of the page allow you to move back and forth one day at a time from the last day you viewed.
Comparing Two or Four Images

The three dots in the upper right corner of the Image Viewer also allow you to compare more images.

Overlay Mode

In Overlay Mode, you can compare two images. The date and time controls appear for each image so you can compare progress from one week or month to another.

Overlay Comparison
Quad Mode

In Quad Mode, you can compare four images. The image displayed on the bottom right is the one with the date/time in the control above and then the subsequent images are displayed based on the view mode selected.

Quad Comparison

For Example:

Quad Mode: Date is 4/28 and view mode is set to weekly – each image will be 7 days previous to the one before starting at the bottom right.

Quad Mode: Date is 4/28 and view mode is set to daily – each image will be 1 day previous to the one before starting at the bottom right.

Note: If there is ever a condition where the system does not have images to show a certain view, that option will be greyed out.\

Viewing Time-Lapse Movies

The time-lapse movies created for each time-lapse are viewable from the Time-Lapse Bar.

Time-Lapse Bar

To watch any of the time-lapse movies, click on the movie you would like to see on the Time-Lapse Bar and you will be taken to the Time-Lapse Movie Viewer for that movie.

Time-Lapse Movie Viewer

The Time-Lapse Movie Viewer allows you to watch your Time-Lapse Movies.

Time-Lapse Movie Viewer

The Movie Viewer allows you to:

  • Pause or Play the video
  • Advance forward or backward through the video timeline
  • Speed up or Slow down the movie playback speed
  • Expand the video to Full Screen
  • Play the Next or Previous Movie in the Time-Lapse.

Create Custom Time-Lapse Movies

Time-lapse movies take all of the individual images captured in your time-lapses, stitches them together and speeds up time to create a movie that shows your project’s progress in a condensed format.

Time-lapse movies can be set to music or to show a specific date range or other attributes to get the effect you are looking for. You can create as many movies as you like.

New Time-Lapse Movie

New Movie

To create a new time-lapse movie from your time-lapse photos, find your desired time-lapse and click on the Tool Bar on the Time-Lapse Thumbnail, select New Time-Lapse Movie. This will open the New Movie drawer.

New Movie Drawer

After you have opened the New Movie drawer, complete the fields requested.

Name Give your movie a name (e.g. Northside Footing Pour).
Images Specify if you want to use all the images you have captured so far or just a specific date range.
Max Length In movies that have a high number of images, this will control both the speed of the movie and how many frames we may automatically drop. For example, if you have 298,000 images and only want a 1 minute movie, we will automatically drop images to maintain a frame rate of 60 frames per second.
Music Choose to have music play in your movie. You can hear samples of each music type available.
Effects ·         Exclude Weekend Images: This removes any weekend images from the movie. Useful if no work happened on weekends to remove lags in the perceived motion progress.

·         Exclude Night Images: This removes anything after sunset. Focus on just what is visible to your viewers.

·         Exclude Bad Weather Images: This removes any images with rain/snow/fog etc.

·         Daily mode: Selects just one image per day around noon.

·         Watermark with Logo: Adds your logo (if uploaded in project info) as a watermark over the movie file.

·         Render in 4k: This will render the movie in High-Definition 4k.

Once you have made all of your selections and given the movie a name, click Create New Movie. Your movie will be generated with all of the images that have been collected over the lifetime of the Time-Lapse or within the date range that you specified.

Re-Render Time-Lapse Movies

Time-lapse movies are rendered every night, automatically. Sometimes you may not wish to wait for the nightly render to occur or you may have deleted some images that you did not want in your Time-Lapse Movies. If this is the case you can select the Re-Render Movies icon form the Tool Bar menu.

Re-Render Movies

Once you select the Re-Render Movies icon the movies in the selected Time-Lapse will begin to re-render. Dependent upon how many images are in the time-lapse, as well as the settings you selected (“Render in 4k” for instance), the re-rendering may take some time. When the Re-Render has completed you will receive a Notification Message.

Notification Message

If you click on the message it will take you to the Time-Lapse Page so you can view your newly rendered movies if you so wish.

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