Time-Lapse Camera: BCC-100

Time-lapse cameras are great for record-keeping purposes

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Construction projects are always trying to find ways to keep track of their projects using the latest technology. Many contractor and builders have used different methods to record daily progress on site and lately most builders are using time-lapse cameras. Time lapse cameras can provide the convenience of having a ‘constant eye’ on the project latest developments. Brinno is one of those companies offering a product that can be convenient and easy to use at the same time.

The BCC 100 is one of the products they offer to provide time-lapse camera recording. Let’s see how that product is used and its advantages.

The BCC 100 Time-Lapse Camera

The BCC 100 is designed to record progress at construction sites, home improvements or any other exterior project. It is an effortless way to record projects at your preferred rate, offering the ability to play back recordings at any rate once the projects have been completed. The BCC 100 can be set up anywhere, capturing a video at 140-degree angle. One of the most important features is that it is dust-proof and it comes with a water-resistant housing, making the installation area selection even easier. The BCC 100 will turn 8 hours of time-lapsed pictures into an 8-minute video easily. And the battery can last for up to two and half months while taking photos at 30-minute intervals.
TheBrinno Construction camera delivers Brinno proprietary “instant video”, which means you can play the time lapse video on the spot once filming is completed.

No big files are needed to transfer, video editing or even post processing are needed, which makes it the most effortless way of recording any construction project. This camera operates on long-lasting batteries. Four AA batteries can last up to 4 months reducing the needs of having to find external power outlets.

The battery system eliminates the outages problems associated with time-lapse cameras and the inability to record when power is out.  It also eliminates the need of running wiring so it is very easy to install and move around to different locations.

Types of Time-Lapse Recording

There are many ways to record construction project progress. One of the easiest ways to do it is to set up a webcam that uses a script that saves an image to a specific server every few minutes. Other cameras will back up all the recorded files every day using a cell phone communication protocol. Some other ways to record progress is using high res photos and using computer software so they can be put together making the construction sequence.

Tips When Using Time-Lapse Cameras

If you are using a time-lapse camera in your project be sure to:

  • Provide a weather proof housing, if the camera doesn’t provide one. A camera shed can be built to accommodate all equipment required in certain products.

  • Locate the camera in a place that will not be altered during the construction phase. Sometimes the best area to place the camera can be available for some time but you will end up moving at a later stage, losing some shots during the process.

  • Be sure to place the camera, to the south of the project (this applies only for the Northern Hemisphere) such that the sun is not obstructing the shots and the projects can receive full illumination from the sun.

  • Be sure to account for all superstructure that could eventually get on the way of the screenshot.

  • Time frames shall vary depending on the stage the project is. Normally, less time between shots will be required during the initial phases and that could potentially increase during the slow finishing process.

Drawbacks of Time-Lapse Cameras

One of the biggest problems of time-lapse cameras is that if an outage occurs, most of the cameras will lose power too even will be delayed to start up once power is back and servers or computers are running once again. Other issues that might affect time-lapse cameras are condensation building up in front of the camera lenses and when new batteries are required.

There also be some issues in areas prone to high winds as the cameras might vibrate or even moved due to those high winds.