Examples - SettingsWhen you open your database, the Image Loader automatically starts, offering you to configure your sites and cameras, load images, compute statistics, create reports etc. Below are two examples of such menus. The first one corresponds to a project whose user only wanted to load images in the database. The second one corresponds to a project where statistics had to be computed, such as the average number of species count per hour or the maximum animal count during each 5 minutes interval. SQL queries where used to produce reports aggregating data per day, month or light condition (day, night, twilight).
The first step is to define your sites. An interface allows you to locate it, set its ID, describe it etc. It is possible to add any number of fields you may need. You have to define your sites one time only.
You can then assign cameras to your site, and again describe their locations, default species, behavior etc. One user was setting cameras in front of animal carcasses, so the default activity was “feeding”.
The most important fields are the camera serial number (for Reconyx cameras only), the date at which you set-up the camera, and, if any, the date at which you removed it from the site. Based on these values, when loading images in the database, the software will known that the image has been taken by camera X, located at site Y. Moreover, you can seamlessly use the same camera at different sites (winter/summer locations for instance).
To ease your work, you can copy images from all cameras in one folder or have subfolder for each site or cameras (useful when many cameras are used to be sure that images from two cameras do not have the same filename!). Once processed, the program will move the files to predefined folder for archiving or deletion (the software does not delete files for you, to prevent accidental loss of data).
Cameras need to be defined once only.