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Step 4: Set Timelapse Movie Options

If the Refresh pane (refer to Figure 3) isn’t showing, click Refresh to go back to it. Click the Archiving button in the bottom right corner of the window to display Archive options (see Figure 6).

Figure 6

Figure 6 Archive settings for a typical timelapse movie

Select Timelapse movie at the top of the dialog box. Then set one (or more) of the options under Begin new timelapse:

  • Each time EvoCam is opened starts a new movie each time you launch EvoCam. That’s great if you start it just once a day, but if you start it multiple times during the day, you’ll have many movies each day.
  • If size exceeds enables you to enter a maximum size for the movie. EvoCam will start a new movie each time the current one reaches that size.
  • Once per day at enables you to set a daily start time for your movie. This is the one I use to create my window view timelapse.

Next, if you have an FTP server, turn on the Upload completed timelapse movies to FTP server check box. Then fill in the complete path to the movie file, including a .mov extension. Finally, turn on the Add ’.mov’ extension to saved timelapse movies check box. Click OK to save your settings.

Now if you don’t have an FTP server and want to use the iDisk that comes with your .Mac account, you’ll have to use the Archive image to folder check box in the Refresh pane (refer to Figure 3). Turn on the check box and use the standard Open dialog that appears (see Figure 7) to navigate to your iDisk’s Sites folder. You can choose a folder within it if you like. Then click Choose.

Figure 7

Figure 7 Use this dialog box to select a place in your iDisk’s Sites folder.

If you want a plain old WebCam on your iDisk, turn on the Save image to folder check box in the Refresh pane (refer to Figure 3), use the Save dialog box to navigate to your iDisk’s Sites folder or a folder inside it, and click Save.

You know how to write a URL for something in your iDisk, right? Use the format http://homepage.mac.com/username/pathtofile. So a file named webcam.jpg in my iDisk’s Sites folder would be http://homepage.mac.com/mlanger/webcam.jpg. Get it? You’ll need that to insert a reference to the WebCam image in a Web page.

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