Lakefront Livestream Webcam

Created a live video stream of the lakefront at the Lake Clear Lodge for use on their website.

Type
Client/Job
Timeframe
Jul 2018
 - 
Aug 2018
Status
Complete

Overview

The Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat has a beautiful lakefront that faces west towards St. Regis Mountain. This yields stunning sunsets throughout the year, which they wanted to not only share with the world and potential customers on their website but keep a recorded log of past sunsets.

  • Develop a weatherproof, wireless video feed of the remote lakefront
  • Process and archive sunsets and recorded footage at a separate location that has weather but not temperature protection
  • Build a web-friendly, embeddable live video stream
A view of the Lake Clear Lodge's Lakefront from the newly installed webcam.
A view of the Lake Clear Lodge's Lakefront from the newly installed webcam.

How Was It Made?

  • Fabricated a weatherproof enclosure for 120 VAC power, internet protocol camera, and high-powered transmission antenna
  • Constructed a heated housing for a Digital Video Recorder, receiving antenna, and network infrastructure to sustain equipment in nominal operating ranges as external temperatures drop to -30°F
  • Re-streamed RTSP video from the DVR to a live RTMP stream using a Raspberry Pi and real-time FFmpeg compression

Results

The weatherproof enclosure for the webcam and transmitter antenna hardware attached to a Lakefront Gazebo at the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat.
The weatherproof enclosure for the webcam and transmitter antenna hardware attached to a Lakefront Gazebo at the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat.
  • A live video feed of the lakefront visible at www.lakeclearlodge.com/webcam
  • Reliable stream and connection with a 99.9% uptime since July, 2018
  • Storage for over 1 year of footage with automatic overwrites
Technical Report