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February 5, 2013 by brian

Emily and I are always fascinated with how the living room is in shambles after only an hour in there with a toddler.  I thought it might be interesting to utilize my Foscam IP camera and make a time lapse video of the evening.  So, I setup a quick Python script to save images from the camera at the desired interval, and then stitched them together with Time Lapse Assembler (Free / Mac OS).

At the very end, after we left the room, we caught a very mischievous feline drinking out of one of our water glasses… Maybe I shouldn’t be setting up cameras anymore.

Here is the Python script for anyone that can get some amusement out of it:

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#! /usr/bin/env python
 
import datetime, urllib, time
 
# run loop 720 times
for i in range(1, 720):
	now = datetime.datetime.now()
	urllib.urlretrieve ("http://webcam/snapshot.cgi?user=me&pwd=secrets", now.strftime("%Y%m%d%H%M%S") + ".jpg")
	time.sleep(5)

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