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Re: In Search of a Better Mousetrap

by zentara (Archbishop)
on Dec 31, 2007 at 14:39 UTC ( #659757=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to In Search of a Better Mousetrap

MouseTrap 2.0 is in the works. :-) I might try to use a motion capture program instead of a timed capture. I've been using a capture program called 'mvc' written by someone called Merlin. Sorry but the links to it seem to be broken, but the program works great. It detects motion, and takes a snapshot. It needs light though, unless you have a cool night vision camera. It won't take a picture, unless motion (or a light change) is detected.

I put a copy at mvc-0.8.9

I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. Cogito ergo sum a bum

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Re^2: In Search of a Better Mousetrap
by mpeg4codec (Pilgrim) on Dec 31, 2007 at 20:07 UTC
    You can probably do night vision monitoring with your current camera using little additional hardware. Most CCDs are actually quite sensitive to IR light, which is invisible to both human and mouse eyes. The only thing to watch out for is that some cameras have a physical IR filter over the lens (which can usually be removed with little fuss).

    Wire up a few IR LEDs or even an IR spotlight and the camera should pick up the full scene, day or night. It would be interesting to see how well mvc works in such a setup.

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