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    Auto on camera

    For you builder coder guys. I have a video cam that im messing with and it doesnt have a power on button, it is directly plugged into the supply. I want to control it with my picaxe control board for on/off like a still cam to save on battery juice. So, Im thinking that I would connect supply volts to the camera and supply neg to a sister board "bat -" and the camera neg to sister board "acc -" then connect the sister board "control board -" and "control board on" to the control board opto, is that correct? Basically connect the camera to a sister board just like any other accesory to turn it on and off ? Or am I off in my thinking...
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    Auto on camera

    Thanks for the reply Jim. Ok, Below is a mock up of how I had to connect it. I did use a sister board to power it on, it works perfect that way, just like turning on an array, had to change the code to fit but it works like a charm. BUT, here is the problem now. The record button is a micro momentary button, just like anything else. It does have a pos side and a neg side, so I soldered a wire to each side of the button. A quick touch after the cam goes thru its powerup and it begins to record. Here is the odd part, if you touch the shutter button pos wire to cam ground/neg, it wont record, if you connect it to the control board ground/neg, nothing but if you touch itself to itself, it begins to record. I hope that makes sense, this thing has me scratchin my head. When discoed from anything other than battery power, you can touch the pos side of the shutter button to the cam powers common and it will begin to record, if you touch it to its own common, it will begin to record. So, with that seeming normal to any other type of cam hack, it should by all rights connect to the board and do the same correct??? Well, it doesn't. it will only begin to record, if touched to itself when connected to the board. really really weird. So, I am assuming here, I will need to rework a pin on my board so I can connect it like its power and the array/mic amp etc to be able to ground itself correctly to turn the record on. Is that thinking on the right lines? I have been on this most of the day, had to rewrite my own board code to get it up and going and thought I had it whipped until it was all connected up. I even tried connecting the shutter/record button to a sister board of its own and still, it will not connect itself to shutter/record.... Any ideas of how this button is working, is it a ground to pos type of switch, so it is always powered until it grounds for a second to itself or ?
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    Test Video

    Test video for video cam with IR lens hack. Focus looks good in day so far. Video quality looks good uploaded. Will test night time vid tonight with 5 led array.
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    Test Video

    Ok, was able to get a quick night test in, not bad for the tiny lens on this cam. The IR LED's are in a case with control board from my dash cam unit. The foggy looking background and stuff floating all over in the video is NOT snow, it is smoke and ash from the paradise fire. The fence in the back is 28 yards exactly from where I have the array and cam so the light distance is good and seems to be spread nicely over the view of the lens. I am getting a bit of audio noise and I think its from the array driver, other than that audio seems pretty decent for on board. Now just need to write up some specific code and get it in a case (probably the one I'm using for this test) and get it to the woods for a real test.
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    Paradise Fire

    Just wanted to share here about the fire were dealing with here. It is horrible to see the devastation first hand. Im only 15 miles south east of the actual fire and am in paradise all the time for oncology doctor appts. It is crazy to see that most of the town is gone including one of the best hospitals in CA gone. Im saddened to see so many people that have lost life or home. As of this morning, 43 people have died, burned to death trying to escape the fire. Around 20 died in their cars driving thru the fire to get out. There are still over a hundred missing. 6500+ homes burned to nothing and almost 300 business' gone. Our town of oroville is overwhelmed with the traffic and evacuees. Our church right down the street is now a homeless shelter with thousands of people staying there às are most other places that opened their doors for evacuees. I hope that you all can share a prayer for everyone here that is displaced or lost family. My prayers go out to all the 5000+ brave firefighters and emergency personell that are putting their lives on the line during this time of crisis. To Bob, Jeff, Cindy and Carl, Were praying for you to be safe out there battling those flames. For you all that havent heard or seen, you can go to youtube and type in "paradise fire" or "paradise camp fire" to see details.
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    Paradise Fire

    As of this morning, were doing good. wind shift is keeping it in an easterly run which is good because less population (bad for the canyon dwellers and the forest), but it has jumped the river in a few places so it is on our side of the canyon now in small patches which are being worked on for control. They have made it clear, to be ready and packed in case heavy winds shift the fires south again. Its not so much the fire, its the smoke carrying the hot embers that is the primary danger. I hope they can contain it. Last time we had an evac for the dams spillway incident, it was one of the craziest things to see, people in panic mode all trying to leave the town at once created the most ridiculous cluster you have ever seen. There is only 2 main ways out of town and everyone and their uncle was using them and jammed the town up for miles and miles. It was taking about 6 hours to get 5 miles. It is 30% contained and has burned 130,000 acres according to this am's report. Since the wind died down a bit and shifted east again, it isnt so smoky so far today but it has been horrible for smoke. almost as bad as the last fire I posted about back in 08/09. I go outside for a while or in my garage to work on my cams or whatever and come back in and I reek like I been standing over a campfire thats how bad it is. Yesterday I went in the garage and it was hazy in there but thats because I always keep the back door open for the dogs. As far as relief, no idea if there is an end in sight. the gas pumps here are literally like back in the gas crunch in the 70's, lines of cars. Some stations are out of fuel, water and food. I guess thats what happens when you have an overnight influx of 30,000 people.
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    Picaxe 14m Slave Controller

    Ha, I decided to go back to messing with the board I built and have been messing with it all day. I figured i may as well just double check everything. The board is all wired correct. So lets just check the resistors. Lo and behold, I had a 220k at R3 instead of a 220R. So thiñkin on it, that would reduce the voltage on the trigger side and make it not fire. I replaced it with the correct 220R, plugged it all in and ........... It fired with my w55...... All this time and it was just a simple resistor mistake, the board works and is firing away in the closet... Son of a gun... All this time.... Like you and I both said Ralph, its got to be something simple and it was.. ez overlook on my part, grabbed the wrong resistor drawer.... 😣
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    Samsung cam

    Wife was cleaning out her closet and pulled a camera out so I was checking it out. It looks like a good cam for use. Its a samsung BL103, uses 2 AA's and standard sd card. It fires up fast and snaps a pic quick with good flash. The flash is a good distance from the lens too. I havent messed with the settings but it fits the bill. Its bout the size of a sony w series (little thicker, 1/8" or so) and has extending lens. Its 10.3mp. the pics and video look good. Ill have to find one and hack it, power and shutter button right on top in usual spot so it should be a simple hack. I looked in here and didnt see it listed but it may be on one of the other sites. Just wanted to pass that on.
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    My New Micro W55/ssii Cam

    Well, I received my SSII today so have been finishing my fitup, its definately a squeeze but so far so good...I modified the case front and am adding a small 2"x3" radio shack box cut down to 2"x 2-5/8" and also chopped the height 1/4" for the SSII to mount into... The small box will be mounted on the front of the case...so far everything fits, just in the process of epoxying everything... I checked to make sure the SSII housing does not block any view from the camera lense and lucky enough it doesnt so it should get some nice pics as long as I dont lose it... It consists of: Otter 1000 Radio shack 2x3 box homemade snorkel homemade mounting bracket Sony W55 SSII (this board is small ) I'll post a few pics of whats done so far, then tomorrow the finished product...hopefully it works... well, gotta wait a little longer, dummy me forgot to order a battery when I ordered the board...lol
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    Ha, check this out...lol

    This guy claims to be the trailcam inventor and filed a patent on it. Trail camera patent
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    Ha, check this out...lol

    I dont know, funny part is its a recent patent..few yrs old...lol
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    Pre Amp with sister boards

    No worries on copyright issues, those circuits are open source. I wish I could help you with the gerber stuff. Im in the same boat. I have a couple circuits I want to do to cause the hand building is getting to difficult.
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    Action cam

    Anyone have any of those cheap action cams from ebay that doesn't work or is scrapped with a bad hack ? I need a couple parts. I figured I'd ask here before buying a new one to strip.. Mods - looks like it double posted on me again, you can delete the other one.
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    Action cam

    I hacked the lens for IR and it looks decent/ok for what it is. Ill do a day vid tomorrow and post it and then slap together a little array and do a night vid and post that too... I figured why not, theyre cheap...lol.. i probably will only use the last one I did and build a small vid unit just for a scouting cam. I found an old one in my box so dont need the case for parts.
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    My New Micro W55/ssii Cam

    I think Dave did a hack years ago on video for that little HP camera, I think it was HP E337 It uses sd cards and was 0retty quick trigger. The flash was good and it uses 2 AA's. Its in here somewhere .
  16. I been messing with a few of these and finished up the dashcam vid unit yesterday so will now start on one using one of the jazz 159's... I have one that I left the original lens in and just removed the filter. Just finished getting it focused and will try it out tonight with some IR 1 watt LED's to make sure its going to work ok.. I will be using a vid board that I got from Jim awhile back instead of my own this time, I will need to modify the code I guess to make it work but it shouldn't be to hard to figure out...I hope...lol. Will do the usual and snap pics as I go and post them here and then make a slide show vid and post to ytube when done.
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    Jazz HDV159 - Ready to start the Build

    Well, didnt get much for pics or video, only a few. One thing I learned on this test with these 3 video units, dont use l ion batteries to run leds or arrays. Even the unit with the 6800 mah didnt last or have enough juice to keep the light at full brightness. So, back to the drawing board and some build reworking ... Lol Did get the one buck that hangs out there on the other jazz but its so dark you cant see him. Im going to see if i can edit them with some video software to lighten them up.
  18. As you guys know, I put the cams out a little over a week ago but because of the situation going on here locally with the massive fires I decided to run up and retrieve all my cams today. I just got home a bit ago and was going through the pics and vids from each different cam I had out testing. Now, I hunt in an area east and a little north of where I live, the elevation is 5300 to 6200 ft and and it takes me around 2 hours to get there. Anyway, I only had 2 night vids on the one Jazz with the stock lens that is converted to IR with four 1 watt leds, Unfortunately, the batteries were dying or almost dead when I got them today but it did catch one odd video. You can see below. This trail is a late night travel corridor, the animals usually come down this trail out to feed in the old cut which is where they are headed in this vid. Based on all of my vids and pics, this time frame would be between 10:30 pm and 1:30 am and happened to be last night. Unfortunately, I cant verify the actual time as the time/date stamp on the Jazz was not set. Anyhow, I thought this was an odd video since it not only captured some deer walking to their feeding area, it shows the intensity and brightness of the fire which as the crow flies, is only 12 to 14 miles from this camera.
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    Crazy Video on my Jazz HDV159 test cam

    I have some back road ways to get up there. Although, they are focused on the westside of the canyon. If it jumps the river then our side will get locked down. From the topo map, the fire is approx 12 miles as the crow flies from the tree my cam was hangin on. The 3 different fires kind of are surrounding us to the north. Its pretty bad, the town of paradise is pretty much burned to the ground, even the hospital. We lost all service, no internet or phone service all last evening and today. It all started coming back up and on when I got home around 4 tonite, Its almost the same as the pics I posted of the paradise fire 10 years ago (2008). There in here somwhere too.
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    Crazy Video on my Jazz HDV159 test cam

    Not sure what your seeing, 2 does walk in front of the camera, headed towards the bright fire in the background in the trees. maybe go full screen. the led's battery was dying so the array doesnt have much light to it but you cant miss the two hindends and tails walking away...lol
  21. Well, I wasn't in a big hurry but also don't have time to wait for mail as I'll be leaving this coming week for thanksgiving. So, I found I was completely out of Gary's hpwa's (thought I had some white ones still but noooope...) So, I wanted to get this cam build buttoned up so I can get some L/N applied then get the hydro dipping done on it before I take off so I had to improvise. After searching around my junk and my messy bench I was able to come up with the right size stuff to build one. Below is a quick vid I just did that just shows the "almost finished" one I built this morning. I have had a package of 50 fresnals I bought from china around 12 years ago so I had the right focal length wide angle lenses already, but have never even used any of them til today...lol Anyway, it took a bit of cutting, drilling and grinding and fitup but it looks like its gonna work ... I guarantee you, its cheaper and much easier to just buy them from Gary... 😍 By the way, If you guys watch the vid, don't forget to sub and like the vid..... 😉
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    Jazz HDV159 - Ready to start the Build

    Well I think I may head up to pull my cameras. Its not lookin good with alk the fires surroundin us... Service just came back up so was able to get online here..
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    Forum editor and images

    Hey is there a way to shut off that ridiculous word auto correct in the editor? Drives me nuts having to reread every thing a dozen times before posting or messaging. I have it off on my phone but it still seems to correct (or not correct but change to a complete different word) about every third or fourth word I write... Any way to kill it? Can the image import/upload size be changed to 300mb instead of 246? Then a standard 640x480 can be uploaded without having to edit every image... Sure would be nice...😉
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    Forum editor and images

    Thats what I thought too so I checked settings and its off. Not sure why its doing it..
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    Winter Tires

    Holy Moses.. really! That's crazy... It's a good tire but not that good...lol
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