Creating the Best Time-lapse Movies of Construction Projects
Construction cameras with time-lapse features are incredibly powerful tools for the construction industry and are increasingly popular due to the tangible benefits they deliver to projects every day.
Construction cameras and time-lapse movies provide a means for:
They also allow for the creation of captivating marketing collateral for websites, social media, print hand-outs, industry events, corporate training videos, and more.
We could go on about the benefits provided by time-lapse construction cameras, but in this article we will talk about the specifics of how to set yourself up for success when using a construction camera. Doing so will help ensure that you experience ALL of the benefits of construction cameras on each of your projects.
Before installing your new construction camera, take some time with your team to review the plans and schedule of your project to strategically select ideal mounting location(s). Here are a few tips to help you choose the best location to place your camera:
You and your team know your site best and you know what view you want to capture with your construction camera, making you the best judges of where the camera should be located.
Taking the time to pre-plan where to install your construction camera prior to the project starting will not only save you time and effort in the field, but it will provide you with properly framed time-lapse movies and photos of your project.
Once you have determined the location for your construction camera, the next step is to find (or build) a secure surface on which to install it.
For the best photos and time-lapse movies your construction camera should be mounted to a rigid item such as a sturdy pole or a wall.
Trees and cranes do not make good mounting surfaces for time-lapse construction cameras! Even the largest trees sway in the wind and rotate slightly throughout the day, resulting in less-than-ideal, shaky time-lapse movies. Like trees, cranes also sway in the wind, and the vibration of a moving crane can cause blurry photos, making them unsuitable for time-lapse cameras.
Instead, consider using any of the following as a mounting surface for your construction camera:
And remember, just because a mounting location is ‘easy’ doesn’t mean it is the best choice. Taking the extra effort to install your camera the right way is worth it in the end when you are enjoying a fantastic time-lapse movie of your project.
By installing your construction camera on a proper mounting surface, you’re setting yourself up for success with crystal clear, Ultra HD 4K photos and time-lapse movies.
This really goes without saying, but for quality results be sure to use a quality time-lapse camera designed specifically for capturing Ultra HD time-lapse movies and photos of construction projects.
Putting a DIY or consumer-grade camera on a construction project may sound like a good cost-savings idea, but consider the nuances that such a solution entails:
These are all important questions to keep in mind and have immediate solutions for if you chose to try a DIY or off-the-shelf camera.
Instead of trying to save a few bucks with a substandard solution you’ll eventually regret, consider using a proven, professional-grade solution like those provided by our team.
At iBEAM, we have designed our cameras to reliably withstand real-world job site conditions like weather extremes and dirt and dust. They are easy to install and easy to use, even for the most technology-averse person on your team. We offer a full range of reliable power solutions for all of our cameras, ranging from traditional 120V AC power to generator kits to custom-sized solar kits. Each and every solar solution we provide is custom-rated for your specific project location to ensure uninterrupted power even in the darkest, coldest months of the year.
And with 24/7/365 online access to all of your projects, you’ll never have to worry about how to access or save your photos and time-lapse movies, as they’re always all at your fingertips. We even store your captured images indefinitely, so if you need project photos five years down the road, we’ll still have them ready to go for you.
To get even better results from your time-lapse construction camera, relocate the camera to an indoor location once the majority of exterior construction has been completed.
Our rugged construction cameras are specifically designed for both outdoor and indoor use on construction projects with no upgrades or alterations needed. Just relocate and mount your camera, plug it into power, and you’re ready to go!
By moving your camera indoors, you maximize the value of your construction camera by now monitoring and documenting an entirely new angle of your project. This is a great way to showcase the diversity of projects your team delivers in attention-grabbing 4K detail.
In the world of construction, changes will happen. From change orders to delivery delays, projects can take longer than initially planned.
It’s important to keep this in mind when using a construction camera, as you’ll need to account for any delays or extra time a project may take when estimating the duration you’ll need to use your camera.
In addition to possible delays, be sure to account for the following project phases to help create the best time-lapse of your projects:
By accounting for these important project milestones and leaving your construction camera up to capture them, you’ll help create a time-lapse movie that tells the ENTIRE story of your project from start to finish, not just a portion of it.
Now that we’ve covered how to create the best time-lapse of your next construction project, let’s take a look at some of the common mistakes that can detract from a time-lapse movie so you can avoid them entirely:
With this handful of tips to help you get the best results from your construction camera now at your disposal, this is the perfect time to plan to put an iBEAM Construction Camera to work on your next project!
With purchase and short-term rentals available for all of our construction cameras, we’re confident we have a solution that’s right for your project and budget.
Contact our team of construction camera experts to learn more about our solutions and get answer to any questions you may have.
Until next time, keep what’s really important in focus.
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