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This led me to the webcam software which instructs the computer to automatically take a picture at set intervals. As an amateur woodworker, Mr. D expressed an interest in following the progress of his job, and the webcam software seemed a good option for automatically grabbing and uploading the images to a webpage. After downloading a couple trial packages, I decided on the $20 Mac shareware program called Oculus. It's fairly feature packed and easy to learn.
Friday, October 20th
The only person who actually received my notice and watched the show was my better half. Feedback from her indicated the process needed much improvement. Many of the pictures were too dark or the camera was too far away to see what was happening. There were many images which were just plain boring and I suspect she didn't get much work done either.
Another problem was the sheer number of images I needed to sort through at the end of the day. There were 93 of them and opening and viewing each one was a real pain. Fortunately, I found a great little utility called Graphic Converter which lets me quickly view and process the whole batch. In fact, this program worked so well, I decided to grab the images at shorter intervals; maybe every minute or thirty seconds. This should help squash the "boring" factor. And then again, maybe not...;)
Saturday, October 21st
I'm not too sure if I'm going to put the ShopCam back online. I figure it's mostly a novelty attraction instead of a learning tool. Until I can get the kind of bandwidth needed for real-time streaming, I don't see it's value. I'm also worried about some folks (SWMBO in particular) spending all day watching me and not handling their own responsibilities.
For the next few days I have to go back onsite to finish a job already in progress. I'm hoping to be back in the shop by Thursday or Friday. If you promise not to spend all day online watching me work, send me an email and I'll send you the link. Stay tuned!