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          Examples - loading images

          Now that you have defined your sites and cameras, you are ready to load images! The software automatically
          • looks in the image folders,
          • displays the images one by one,
          • finds which camera was used and the corresponding site
          • extracts embedded information (filename, date, time, flash, and for Reconyx cameras
          • temperature, moon phase etc) and fills the associated data fields
          • fills the data fields with the default values you have assigned for the corresponding site or camera
          • identifies other images belonging to the same event (optional)
          • offers you to complete or modify all fields
          • offers you to save the data and the image, or to move the image to a “to be deleted” folder
          • offers you to reload the data, which is useful if you have to describe several species on the image
          • when you save the data, the next image is loaded. You can exit the software at any time and all information is saved.

          Depending on your needs, fields can be added or removed, more or less information from each site and camera can be saved with the image specific data etc.

          Below are three examples of interface, with different customizations.

          In this project, images are grouped per trigger event. The user can navigate through the three images taken at a 5 second interval. The species recorded has a default value which can be changed. Most data fields are available as drop down menus (combo-boxes, to be accurate), which greatly speeds up the time required for the input and ensure that all values are written exactly the same in all records. Site name and location are displayed for information. Site ID and camera ID are saved in the database record corresponding to the image. Possible values for all fields are read from a customizable table, though the user can type-in additional values.

          After loading images, the software generates statistics per site, per 5 minutes interval for each day. Average number of visits, for each species, min and max were extracted. Then, the user was presented with a screen offering to extract and aggregate date per site, per specie, per month and to aggregate data by day, week, month, four six-hours periods or by light conditions (day, night, twilight, defined for every day of the year). Results can be saved in the database or exported to an Excel, XML, CSV etc file.

            In this project, the user also defined various projects, allowing the software to be used for various purposes. More fields were used to describe the environment (land tenure, weather) and the animal activity and travel direction. Images were displayed one by one and it was the user choice to describe all images of a trigger event, or to delete some of them.

            For this project, the user wanted to save only one record in the database for each animal behavioral event. The software offers to add any number of images to the event, until a new event is identified. The file names of all images are recorded, as well as the number of images making the event. The user can navigate back and forth between all images of the event and, via the “reload data” button, use the information from the currently displayed image to describe the event. Custom fields were added to reflect site conditions and experiments. Specific behavioral variables were added, such as whether the animal attempted to cross the fence or the distance from animals to the fence.

            A mix of images from Reconyx and Tree Bark cameras was used. Date, time and filename is read for all images and default values per camera are loaded for each new record.