Time-lapse photography from Site-Eye

What is Time-Lapse?

Time-lapse photography shows progress or change over any period of time in a series of high resolution photographs, these are blended together to create an illusion of time passing quickly.

The time between each photograph, known as the 'interval', is different for different types of project. In a construction project over many years the interval may be around 10 minutes. For a project lasting a single day, the interval could be as low as 2 seconds.

Time-Lapse Types

Short Term

This is classed as any project lasting less than 3 months but more than 2 days and we apply exactly the same level of service and delivery as the long term project. This option is great for time-lapsing events or specific occasions.

Long Term

Our simple pricing structure classes anything 3 months or longer as ‘Long Term’. There is no project that is too long for us to take on and we currently have several active projects with a duration upwards of 5 years.

Managed Shoot

For short projects time-lapsed over a few hours or days then this could be the best option. One of our professional photographers will come and film the project first-hand allowing for a greater diversity and flexibility in types of shots obtained.

Time-Lapse Resolutions

HD

High Definition (HD) is the standard format used for television and internet broadcasting. All of our films are shot in UHD (4k) and can be output in full HD. This means your projects will always look great wherever you view them. The resolution for full HD is 1920 x 1080.

UHD (4K)

Ultra High Defintion (UHD) refers to a resolution size which is about four times that of standard HD. This is our standard recording resolution and will suit anyone wanting to exhibit their footage on a particularly large screen, or just to ensure that their film is future proof as video technology advances. The resolution for UHD is 3840 x 2160.

The above image shows a comparison of the same picture at different resolutions.

Time-Lapse Cameras

DSLR

This system uses Canon DSLR cameras and is perfect for those who are interested in the highest quality imagery possible. This type of camera requires power on-site (110v or 240v) and can use 3G or a fixed ADSL line to communicate with our servers.

DSLR time-lapse camera

Solar

Our solar system is ideally suited to projects located in remote areas where supplying power would be a problem. They use a 3G connection to connect to our servers and can operate for years in isolation. This system uses Canon DSLR cameras to capture high quality images.

DSLR solar time-lapse camera

Off-Grid

The off-grid system is designed for shorter term projects located in remote areas where supplying power could be a problem. It can use 3G to provide status updates to our servers and its battery can last up to two weeks. Images taken by the camera are stored on the system itself. A Canon DSLR camera is used to ensure high quality images.

DSLR off-grid time-lapse camera

Site Monitoring

As part of our service our cameras produce a timestamped 'monitor' image which is sent to our servers immediately after the camera takes a shot. The process of the camera taking the image to arriving on our servers takes just a couple of minutes via 3G, or seconds with a fixed ADSL line.

The image arrives at a reduced resolution to save time and provide an immediate update while the high resolution image is sent separately. We make this image available via a web link which will always point to the latest image received.

For our cameras with a streaming option we will also provide a web link to view the live stream in a browser.

High Resolution Image Archive

We provide a secure web portal for all our projects which includes a high resolution archive of every image taken by our cameras. These images are available to view and download at full resolution, the archive keeps detailed information on when the image was taken and makes browsing to a particular point in time easy.

There are other tools available within the image archive, such as a batch download tool which allows all images in a time period to be downloaded as a single, well organised zip file. There is also our 'Progress Over Time' tool which automatically generates a basic time-lapse video of the project so far.

You can access the web portal at our log in page.

Data Redundancy

We take data redundancy seriously and have done as much as possible to ensure project images will remain safe at all times. These are some of the measures we have in place to protect them:

  • Camera storage - Our camera systems can store images for weeks or more at a time in the event that there is a comms breakdown between the camera system and our servers. The camera will continue taking images even in a comms blackout, this ensures we don't miss a vital part of the project.
  • Cloud based systems - The camera system transmits the image to a cloud based distribution system. This provides another layer of data security as the server is independent of our own servers and will remain unaffected in the event of an issue with our systems. The cloud service we use has achieved 100% up-time over the last few years.
  • Geographical spread - Our cloud based distribution system transmits the images to our own servers in two separate geographical locations in the UK.
  • Server technology - Our image storage servers use RAID5 technology to ensure your images are safe even in the event of a hard drive failure.
  • Server mirroring - Each image storage server has an identical hardware clone stored in a separate location which is updated every night. In the case of a total server failure, we can switch to the clone with minimal disruption.
  • Cold storage - After a period of time all our images are duplicated and moved to cold storage in a separate location to our offices.