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    Finally, got our streaming osaprey cams

    STREAM SHUT OFF UNTIL TUESDAY

    Partner and I set up IP cams over osprey nests for a county park last June.
    Got one of our cams live today at Patuxent River Park in MD.
    Second cam goes live Tuesday after repairs to microphones at both nests.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_V...0vUeY3Sw8IjA9w
    Additional tweaking of stream quality to be done later. May or may not be working when viewing stream.

    Tech details:

    Router - TP-Link AC 1750
    Flir DNR - 114 - 4 TB storage (streams to tv, controlled by iPad and/or wifi mouse)
    Samsung 70" tv
    Dell comp - i5, 8gb ram, OBS Studio (pushes the DNR RTSP streams to youtube live channel)

    TP-Link CPE510-AP (ACCESS POINT ON SHORE) (POE)
    TP-Link CPE510-Client-1 (Client for OspreyCam 1) on post in water at nest)
    Flir N336ZD1 - OspreyCam1
    TP-Link CPE510-AP2 (ACCESS POINT ON WATER) same pole as above
    Above powered by solar panels and 2 12v batteries

    TP-Link CPE510-Client-2 (Client for OspreyCam 2) on pole at nest
    Flir N336ZD1 - OspreyCam2
    power fed in underwater conduit from boathouse
    Last edited by TonyT; 03-31-18 at 05:20 PM.
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    Very cool setup!

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    Here's a Google Sat image of the park and our setup.
    You can see the PVC conduit under water.
    No line of sight from visitor center to lower nest, thus the need for this setup.
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    Love Ospreys....grew up and still live on ocean shoreline. Love all bird of prey but have an exceptional fondness of Ospreys.

    Hearing them "smack" down against the water when catching some food, see them pumping their wings hard gaining altitude with a good sized catch in their talons...such a cool thing to witness.

    ..side note..have you looked at the solar options for powering bounce/relay points and remote end points? A lot of "point to point" setups use solar units now.
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    One of those bastards scared the **** out of me when canoe fishing with a friend. We were fishing the shoreline, when right behind us crash then he came out of the water with a bigger catch than we had all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    Love Ospreys....grew up and still live on ocean shoreline. Love all bird of prey but have an exceptional fondness of Ospreys.

    Hearing them "smack" down against the water when catching some food, see them pumping their wings hard gaining altitude with a good sized catch in their talons...such a cool thing to witness.

    ..side note..have you looked at the solar options for powering bounce/relay points and remote end points? A lot of "point to point" setups use solar units now.
    The platform at the top nest is powered by two 400w panels which charge two deep cell batteries. 12v DC is converted to 24v AC for the camera, 24v DC for the tplink APs, 12v DC for a mic, 12v DC for an IP lamp and 12v DC for a switch. Can't use stand alone solar AP units because we need night vision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyT View Post
    The platform at the top nest is powered by two 400w panels which charge two deep cell batteries. 12v DC is converted to 24v AC for the camera, 24v DC for the tplink APs, 12v DC for a mic, 12v DC for an IP lamp and 12v DC for a switch. Can't use stand alone solar AP units because we need night vision.
    Right they're usually combined with batteries to allow functionality during "not so sunny" hours. I had seen some mention about an underwater conduit for power...done at different times then?
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    Can't wait to see the video feed now, seems offline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    seems offline.
    What he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    Right they're usually combined with batteries to allow functionality during "not so sunny" hours. I had seen some mention about an underwater conduit for power...done at different times then?
    See the picture above. Under water conduit sends power to lower nest platform. You can see the PVC conduit in the pic. Upper nest at top of pic has solar panels.
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    Feed is currently down. Tuesday we shut the system down because one of the Flir cams died (one of the park guys put in new batteries and hooked 'em up reversed, then later hooked 'em up in a series instead of parallel). Should get the replacement later this week & will post when feed goes permanently live.
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    Sounds good, thanks for the update Tony

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    Testing the camera streaming now:
    This is the camera 1 (top of picture above)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvXa_YSP8-U

    This is camera 2 )bottom of pic above)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQtu0-rhljM

    Camera 1 has been stable for the last 4 hours.
    Camera 2 sometimes cuts out due to settings that need adjusting.

    Microphones now work too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyT View Post
    Testing the camera streaming now:
    This is the camera 1 (top of picture above)
    ...

    This is camera 2 )bottom of pic above)
    ...

    Camera 1 has been stable for the last 4 hours.
    Camera 2 sometimes cuts out due to settings that need adjusting.

    Microphones now work too.
    subscribed , looks good

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    I shut off camera 2, probably until Saturday when I go out on the water.
    Camera 1 seems stable.
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    Not sure how wide the Fresnel zone is on those radios ...but when going over the water, aim up a hair, ideally not direct horizontal or down. Granted you're at a very short distance there, so a typical obstacle to overcome when doing over the water shots...."thermal inversion"..shouldn't come into much play. But I notice those radios are more medium distance...distance >15km, so make sure they're dialed down as low as you can go for TX power. For shots of a hundred feet or so...medium distance radios can tend to be "too hot"....too much TX power and noise. Which can get messy to handle over water with thermal inversions (usually noticed the most during big temp changes).
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    both cams up now while testing:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_V...0vUeY3Sw8IjA9w
    image quality and sound are good so far.
    Can't figure out why the rtsp from cam 2 (down river) drops out and encoding stops at that point. The tcp streams never cust out to the tv though, only to the comp running OBS, which encodes the rtsp to rtmp and pushes to youtube.
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    Now using ffmpeg, an instance for each cam, to stream to youtube.
    Seems stable so far.
    Had a brain fart and realized why camera 2 stream is choppy.
    Our TPLink access point and client are aimed correctly at each other, but we failed to take into consideration that last winter's ice moved the vertical positions of the posts these TPLinks are fastened to. Looks like another trip out on the water to straighten up the posts. Double 4x4 PT sunk about 6-8 feet in the mud.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_V...0vUeY3Sw8IjA9w
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyT View Post
    both cams up now while testing:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_V...0vUeY3Sw8IjA9w
    image quality and sound are good so far.
    Can't figure out why the rtsp from cam 2 (down river) drops out and encoding stops at that point. The tcp streams never cust out to the tv though, only to the comp running OBS, which encodes the rtsp to rtmp and pushes to youtube.
    Cool cameras TonyT

    This is the only link that works for me, camera 1 offline now but watched yesterday for a bit, cam 2 runs for about 10 secs and then freezes

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