Image Uploader and Meteor Uploader
- UFOCapture, ASGARD & All Sky Meteor Camera Website Image Uploader
- Webcam Motion Capture Image Organizer & Uploader
- Website Image Uploader
- 195 KB – 14 day download period.
Description: Image Uploader lets you quickly go through a directory of images / videos captured by a motion capture webcam or camera and lets you organize and upload the images to a website. While primarily aimed at motion capture and video, it can also be used to sort and upload all sorts of images, even family photos.
History: At AstroScan Observatory we have one or more cameras that constantly watch the sky and every time motion is detected (i.e. a meteor, airplane, lightning, ect) a video clip of the motion is recorded and an image is created. You can see examples of these on ourMeteor Detection page. The problem is these cameras can capture 100?s of images a day. The spurious files had to be deleted one at a time. There was no easy way to upload meteor or interesting images. Exceptional files I wanted to keep permanently, I had to find them in the program listing, switch over and find the image and related video file in the directory (hoping I didn’t forget the filename) and then move them. I also wanted a way to post a graph of the last 30 days of meteor activity. After searching the Internet and not finding a suitable solution I set about programming my own proprietary software package. Believing others might also find it useful, I’ve made it available. Whether its’ meteors, bird watching, a city skyline, or family photos, the Image Uploader can help you share your images with the world.
File Types: The program is designed to work with .JPG images & .AVI / .WMV video files. If I have request for additional I can see about adding them.
Features & Instructions
1. WHAT THE BUTTONS DO:
- GET LIST: Shows the listing of all .JPG files in the directory.
- IMAGES: Current number of images in the directory.
- IMAGE LIST: Gives you a list of each .JPG in the directory and if there is a video file with the same name (and it has the .AVI or . WMV extenstion) the size of the video in MB is listed. This is handy since it gives you an idea of how long the video is without having to watch it. If there is no Video you’ll see N/V. When you click on an image it shows you a preview in the image pane. If you select multiple images, the image highest on the list is displayed.
- METEOR / NEAT / LIGHTNING / SPRITE: These all do the same thing. This is the names of the Four Picture Galleries you have on your website. You can name the buttons anything you want on the setup tab. These are my four galleries (which you can see under the MeteorCam page.) If you select three images and hit the METEOR button then everything currently on the website will up renumbered up three space (i.e. meteor1.jpg to meteor4.jpg, meteor2.jpg becomes meteor5.jpg and so on). The three highest images will be dropped off. The selected images will then be uploaded as meteor1.jpg, meteor2.jpg and meteor3.jpg. Let’s say you want to just replace meteor7.jpg. That is what the box under the button is for. Just put in the number (don’t put any text in), say 7 in this case, and hit the METEOR button. The selected image will be uploaded as meteor7.jpg without any renumbering. This gives you the option to create even more galleries. I have my daily meteor images gallery handle by the button alone. I then have my Meteor Hall of Fame which is meteor101.jpg – meteor110.jpg. I just have to manually number them.
- VIDEO: Watch the video (if available) associated with the current image.
- STORE FILES: Because you don’t want images building up this option gives you the ability to store videos / files you want to keep. You set the destination directory and name these three buttons on the setup tab. Highlight the files you wish to move, hit the appropriate button and the image and its’ associated video are moved to that directory.
- COPY: Copies the current image(s) to the directory of your choice. I use it to copy images to the desktop so it is easy to find them to share on social media.
- DELETE: Hit the Delete key or push this button and all the selected images will be deleted. Check the Video box to delete any associated videos as well.
2. TIPS ON GOING THROUGH IMAGES
As you can see in the example there are 251 images to go through, leave for a few days with a motion camera and this can easily be 1,000 or more. When you select a group of images, the top image is always displayed. Thus when you click GET LIST, by design it always takes you to the bottom of the list – generally your newest image in motion capture. While holding down the SHIFT key, arrow up through the list. Continue holding down the shift key, as you step up through the images, highlighting as you go. When you come to an image you want to keep, still holding down the SHIFT key, step back down one (to remove the highlight from the image you want to keep). Now hit delete. The unneeded images will be deleted. Step over the one you want to keep and repeat the process.
You can also select a batch using the Mouse.
3. PREPARE YOUR WEBSITE
To prepare your website, upload and post up to 25 images on your webpage, labeled youname1.jpg through yourname25.jpg. When you use the program your selected images will be uploaded and replace these images.
METEOR COUNT CHART
This a specialized feature that I understand most people won’t use. This feature is designed to post nightly meteor counts for those who operate meteor cameras. Get creative though, you might find other daily counts you could use it with. Click a day, enter the meteor count and the cloud cover and hit SAVE. This will save the count data. Hit GENERATE to create the chart. When you are satisfied SAVE FILE saves the image to the hard drive and makes the UPLOAD button appear. Hit UPLOAD to upload it to your website. To see the meteor counter in action and an explanation of its features visit the Meteor Chart Page.
- IMAGE FOLDER: Click this to select the folder your images are located in.
- FTP SETTINGS: Set the FTP login information and directory for uploading images to your website.
- GALLERY TITLE: This names the four upload buttons on the IMAGES tab.
- UPLOADED FILENAMES: This is the filename assigned to the upload buttons. In this example, meteor, the images will be uploaded meteor1.jpg, meteor2.jpg, ect. If you put in motion, they’d be uploaded motion1.jpg, motion2.jpg, ect.
- NUMBER OF IMAGES: Choose between 10 – 25 images for each gallery.
- STORAGE FOLDER LOCATION: Sets the location and button title of the three STORE FILE buttons on the Image tab.
- CHART FILENAME: The name of the meteor count chart. Note that it does not number, it just overwrites the existing file. In the current example it’ll be named chart.jpg
- BACKGROUND IMAGE: Sets a background JPG image for the Meteor Chart.
- CAMERA NAME / WEBSITE NAME: These are used for titling the Meteor Count Chart. Add spaces to the beginning, as in the above example, to sent the titles on the chart.
- SAVE SETTINGS: This saves all these settings. Your FTP password is encrypted to secure it.
The directory displayed in the bottom left corner is the directory the ImageUploader program is located in.