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Dropcam Adds Time-Lapse Capability to Cloud Camera

April 1, 2014; 1:59 PM ET

UPDATE 4/8/2014: Here's an example of a Dropcam (earlier non-Pro model) timelapse of Asperatus clouds out my home window yesterday. Cool stuff.


Oh no they didn't. You may remember my excitement upon reviewing the DropCam (a cloud-recording webcam) earlier this winter. Well, no April Fools, they continue to amaze me, now adding (beta) time-lapse capability to their cloud recording! Via their new automatic YouTube upload (handy!), this is what it looks like:

You can pick 30, 60, 90 or 120 seconds for the time-lapse. Having done a lot of these before with various software tricks, I assumed they meant that the frames would be 30/60/90/120 seconds apart, but what they mean is that the resultant movie will be that long. So for a day's long movie (the one above is 14 hours) things go by fairly quickly, even at 120 seconds (hopefully they'll add some more options for that). is running a promotion where you get $25 back after purchasing the original DropCam (not the Pro). You could use that to pay for 2.5 months of their 7-day Cloud Recording service.

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