Canon A2200 or S2 IS as Timelapse Camera

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Canon A2200 or S2 IS as Timelapse Camera
« on: 01 / January / 2015, 17:33:05 »
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Before I wade in too far, I was hoping to get expert opinion on the best way to do the following.

I have a weather web site (http://OldPumpWeather.deadcowz.com) and would like to create 1 or 2 daily Time Lapse Videos from either
Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 - 2 MP usb webcam
Canon S2 IS
Canon Powershot A2200

These would be permanently attached to a server where either:
The images could be grabbed and made into a movie
Added as a 'camera' to the Blue Iris Security Camera Software, which can take shots at timed intervals (1 minute) and create an MP4 movie I can use.

The Logitech is already attached to the server and hooked into the Blue Iris software and is doing the above, but it is nearsighted, and can't really do infinity (I am awaiting a -2 Diopter viewfinder lens to try to do the Hubble Fix). BUT, I would rather have a REAL camera take the images.

Is there any way to make the S2 IS or A2200 be seen as a USB camera for the Blue Iris Software (easiest solution)?

If not, what would be the process to have an automated timelapse movie created daily (sunrise to sunset)?

Thanks for any input on this!

Phil
« Last Edit: 01 / January / 2015, 17:36:12 by Phlerb »

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Re: Canon A2200 or S2 IS as Timelapse Camera
« Reply #1 on: 01 / January / 2015, 17:54:11 »
Is there any way to make the S2 IS or A2200 be seen as a USB camera for the Blue Iris Software (easiest solution)?
I don't know anything about Blue Iris specifically. The S2 IS was supported by Canon's remote capture API, so some third party software should support it. Gphoto2 and/or programs based on libgphoto support some of these cams, as do some commercial programs.

Canon discontinued remote capture support for their more recent P&S cams like the A2200. For those, you would need to use the CHDK PTP extension: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/PTP_Extension

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If not, what would be the process to have an automated timelapse movie created daily (sunrise to sunset)?
There are many ways you could do this. Some options:
1) Run a regular CHDK intervalometer script, download the photos, either using the USB connection or a wifi SD card.
2) Use a remote shooting program like chdkptp with the CHDK extension, or another program if using Canon SDK to control the shooting.

These will give you still images which you can feed to something like ffmpeg to make a timelapse.

Any CHDK solution will probably require some scripting.
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