Camera Calculator Data Export Released

By John Honovich, Published Aug 25, 2015, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

Pick the manufacturer and model you want. Name the camera. Add notes.

Get the right FoV, coverage area and pixel density. All with the IPVM Camera Calculator.

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Comments (13)

Excellent improvement, thank you.

Although we all have our own way of doing things, this is the best tool I've seen for at least an initial cut at approaching a project, including "what-if" sessions with customers. I'm working on ways of including a lot of the features into our standard proposals.

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Bob, thanks!

We were thinking of you when we did this. Notice how the data export includes notes :)

Bob requested us to add notes for each camera, which we then did. Pro tip: to add a note, right click on a camera (two finger click on Mac), then select 'edit camera' to name and add notes.

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IPVM: Great job developing this further. I like the fact that with this tool we are no longer locked into just one tool where we have to manually enter data on extremely common cameras or be forced to use manufacturer specific tools. I wish I could get the sales staff to switch to using this and I believe the added export feature may help.

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1, thanks! Let us know what else you want added.

Next big thing up- indoor mapping and markups

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Can someone offer me any instruction on how to rotate the (image) or (camera) as depicted in the image above. I can only seem to place cameras in a line on an image. Sometimes the most obvious gets right past me. Thanks in advance.

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Drag the little man around. I found it.

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This is a fantastic tool, i was just wondering if there are any options to upload your own image with a layout for a site under construction and define the location of the cameras and get views to share with a consultant on what they should expect to see rather making it that much more useful even for the team impelmenting on site

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Ali, yes, indoor mapping / layouts will be released by the end of this month. This is a rough example of what it will look like:

UPDATE: now released.

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Thanks John, will wait for the update.

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That is already looking to be a killer feature add. Being able to import prints and fit to the view as shown is very exciting. I imagine it takes some work to setup but that will really pay off.

A couple more enhancements and I feel there would be no need to ever use any other paid tool. Mostly they would have to do with generating this information in a 3d space vs 2d so I doubt these are quick or easy to inplement. These features are likely already on the radar for future releases but I do want to mention them in case they are not:

  1. Ability to show the camera view, even though the landscape is flat.
  2. An object database (cars, busses, trees etc.) to bring in vehicles for use in showing objects that impede views, like in the parking lot.
  3. It would be nice to be able to draw in 3D fences, walls, and other items that impede views. I've always wondered if Google Sketchup could fulfill this need.
  4. Along with this the camera height is really needed to show the proper view.

I really like how the tool is camera/brand agnostic. Keep up the great work guys!

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Austin, thanks for the continued insightful feedback.

Our main approach to enable more realistic views is to allow taking pictures of FoV on site. We already support this but it's only via PC, which makes it time-consuming to take it on your phone and then transfer, upload, etc.

Next after indoor mapping is releasing a mobile app which will incorporate taking photos of your FoV (i.e., you are on site, you pull out your phone, open the IPVM calc app, add a camera, take a picture and that will show the real FoV immediately). That's for the end of this year and is our main approach to ensure the most realistic FoV / previews.

As for the other approaches, we are aware of them and are considering them for next year.

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On the calculator, is there a way to adjust/correct the camera order in the export? It appears to default to the order in which you added them.

I have renamed the cameras beginning with an integer (1,2,3) which fixes the Boolean issue (ex. Camera 1, Camera 11, Camera 2) and allows them to sort correctly in the drop down camera list but when you export them they are in a completely different order and it appears to be the order in which they were added.

Makes any editing of a project get the list out of whack.

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John,

We are going to change the default sort order for exports to be alphabetical. This should make it better. I expect it done by next week and will update here.

I've also asked to make our alphabetical sorting more intelligent to recognize when there are numbers over 10 and to adjust the sorting to handle that correctly.

I think these two should help. Let me know if you have feedback or questions.

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