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Timelapse with Intel Edison

# eddie-timelapse
[The following is pretty much the README of the git hub repository for the code of this project]


This is a small weekend project that I worked on to create a time-lapse video using an off the shelf LogiTech webcam and an Intel Edison board. The Intel Edison platform can trigger camera captures at regular intervals using cron linux utility – Once there is a capture, a nodejs or python program calls Temboo middleware APIs to upload them to Drop box.

Here’s the link to the video that I could get this this. It is pretty rudimentary but you get to know what it fundamentally takes to get a time lapse video.  A lot of patience and perfection :^)

Setup Notes

For Temboo, you will need to install the temboo python or node js SDK on the Intel Edison.  SDK  Setup is pretty simple – Just download the SDK, and unzip it to a directory on the Intel Edison – You can download the SDK from the below links

nodejs -
python -

Once the SDK is copied over, clone the repository. From the repo, Either of the main.js or can be used to trigger captures and calls to Temboo APIs to upload pictures to Dropbox.

3. Drop box and Temboo with OAuth

3.1 Create an App with Drop box

Go to -> App Console -> Check Dropbox API app On creation of the app, it will show you the AppKey and AppSecret which you will need to note down so that you can use it in the main() function to authenticate connection to Dropbox through Temboo API calls.

3.2 Temboo

Follow the setup instructions to Authorize calls to Drop box via . Once the InitializeOAuth and FinalizeOAuth Choreos are completed, you will see the ‘callbackID’ and ‘OAuth token secret’ that you can use in the main() function for authentication.

4. Cron Job

To set the interval, we will use cron job. On Intel Edison platform, you can use a utility called cronie to do trigger execution of scripts at a regular interval.

4.1 OPKG Install Cronie

Setup opkg repo – On Edison console, execute the following.

> echo "src all" >> /etc/opkg/base-feeds.conf
> echo "src edison" >> /etc/opkg/base-feeds.conf
> echo "src core2-32" >> /etc/opkg/base-feeds.conf
> opkg update
> opkg install cronie

4.2 Cronjob

Use the crontab to setup the job using the following command

> crontab -e

This will open up an editor (possibly via vi) to add in the statement to call the script
I used the following added

*/10 * * * * /usr/bin/python /home/root/sw/temboo/temboo_python_sdk/'

For more information on the cron formatsi and examples, refer

5. Creating the video

I used avconv to create the video from the images that were uploaded to Dropbox. One of the requirements would be to have a good numbering of the images while creating the image files. I used the time of the hour to create the images, but that wasn’t suiting avconv, so once I downloaded all the images, I ran the following command which will name the files in an incremental fashion, Run it in the directory where you have the files

> ls -ltr | awk 'BEGIN{a=0}{printf "mv %s eddie_%04d.jpg\n", $0, a; a++}' | bash

You can now use avconv linux utility to convert these images into an mp4video.

> avconv -y -r 20 -i eddie_%04d.jpg -r 20 -q:v 3 timelapse.mp4