|The Hawk Eye is a color camera, but I’m not seeing any in my birdhouse?
Although the Hawk Eye is a color cam, the brightness and intensity of that color depends on the amount of incadescent, or natural light reaching the camera. The size of the birdhouse entrance, whether the house is made of light or dark wood, and brightness of the sun (dawn, noon, dusk, overcast) will influence color intensity. In most cases the color inside a birdhouse will be rather muted. Full color capability is achieved when the Hawk Eye is used outside around birdbaths, feeders, etc.
Can I use the Hawk Eye on my computer? And, can I stream the video onto the Internet?
Most computers now have RCA (audio- and video-in) ports into which you can plug your Hawk Eye Nature Cam. Make certain these are “in” ports. In and Out RCA ports look the same . . .little colored holes in the side (yellow is video, white and red are audio). You have to make sure yours are “In”. If your computer has RCA In ports, it will also have the necessary capturing and editing software. Check your Programs file. Windows comes packaged with MS MovieMaker, a good, but basic editing package, but there are other programs that different manufacturers bundle with their particular machines.
If your computer doesn’t have RCA In ports, you’ll have to buy an adapter into which you plug the Hawk Eye, and then plug the adapter into the computer’s USB port. The one I like best is the Dazzle, made by Pinnacle http://www.pinnaclesys.com/Home+Video . Great capturing, editing, and DVD burning capabilities.
All of the above is for getting signals into the computer. From there you can either save it as a file, edit it, and then simply add an html link to your web site so people can click on the file and see that day’s highlights. This is probably the easiest, and least expensive way to go, but, obviously, isn’t real time. Visitors to your site will only see highlights of what happened the day before.
Now, if you want to stream live, real-time video
(none of this still photos that refresh ever 30 seconds stuff) you’ll have to pay for it. We did it a couple years ago with ‘our’ Screech owls, and literally had thousands of hits, from as far away as China, across the U.S. and on to Germany. It does cost, but it’s well worth it. A great video/audio streaming company is www.audiovideoweb.com . There is a learning curve doing this, but it’s fairly easy. Audio Video Web has great customer support, and it is a tremendous way to get visitors to your site and keep them coming back.
Go to www.audiovideoweb.com and click on the “Content Delivery” tab at the top. From this select “Live Webcasting.” There are three payment options. I learned the hard — and expensive way — that Option 3 is the best. Click on the “rates” button on Option 3. You’ll see that this option offers unlimited bandwidth, but limits you on the number of people who can log in at one time. Because you want to stream real time, live action, you need to select the 300 kb option at the bottom of the page. There you’ll see you have different options for allowing three, 10, and so on listeners to log on at one time. Three listeners at a time will probably suffice, but if you want to splurge, go for 10. Just ask viewers to limit the time they are on.
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