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Post  Pete223 on Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:33 pm

Just received my pen camera from think geek and it has a time stamp function. I requires you to create a text file on the device to set up the time, but it works. Also, the camera has a microphone, so it is a full function device.
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Post  Pete223 on Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:36 am

Here is the quote crm the rules

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The Robot must carry a camera used to record video from the Robot while it is in operation during the Live Mission Webcast. Any make and model of camera may be used. The Team will be asked to provide a link to their video to the MoonBot.org site for review by the phase two judges.  Please use the timestamp feature of your camera, calibrated to the correct time and date, when recording your video.

It clearly says any make or model. It assumes that there is a timestamp but doesn't require it. We are going to use our cheap camera and hold up a sheet op paper with date and time in front of it before the match starts to provide the "time stamp" function.
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Post  Will-LegoAces on Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:15 pm

Because the rules say that you should, it is safe to assume that you would probably want to have it, just to avoid any technicalities during the round. It is probably better to be on the safe side.
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Post  Pete223 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:11 pm

So the question is still unanswered:

Is the video camera on the robot required to have a timestamp?
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Post  MoonBots Admin on Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:02 pm

Skype is just being used to capture the Final Round video so the celebrity judges can review them on their own time. The "time stamp" is a nice to have, not a need to have and was meant only for the "on robot" video.

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Post  Just Ducky on Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:58 pm

Previously in the instructions Skype was not mentioned; however, now using skype, would Skype give you a time stamp if you fed live video from your robot? If it does, I don't think we will need a camera with a timestamp.

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Post  OABB 4-H Lego Robots on Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:06 pm

Has anyone found a suitable camera that will show a timestamp while in video mode?
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Post  Intergalactic Bacon on Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:47 pm

Eric wrote:I don't think there is any need to have a timestamp.

Actually, according to the rules, you do: "Please use the timestamp feature of your camera, calibrated to the correct time and date, when recording your video." (In the rules section, under Phase II, under Cameras)

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Post  Will-LegoAces on Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:45 pm

Wow. We should get some of those for the 'team'...
That is a really good idea. Can it take stills?
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Post  Pete223 on Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:48 pm

We're thinking of using this camera. Small, lightweight, and very easy to mount. Haven't bought it yet. It looks like you could just use the upper part and leave off the writing part to make it even smaller.

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Post  OABB 4-H Lego Robots on Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:55 pm

Thanks for the info about the Booster cam, I will look into it. I was planning on using a little Nikon Coolpix S220, but it does not have a date time stamp feature in video mode.


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Post  Eric on Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:05 pm

I don't think there is any need to have a timestamp. Any simple Point-and-shoot camera should suffice. Because the majority of the judging of the robot's performance will be done based on a live Skype call, the onboard camera's footage is mostly to verify that you have an onboard camera and get the points for capturing mission video. The BoosterVision camera we use is designed for model rockets and requires another piece of hardware at the computer (a framegrabber) to capture video, but it is wireless and live.
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Post  Will-LegoAces on Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:19 pm

You might want to try a smaller camera on your robot.
(Booster Vision Camera
Probably the easiest to use is one that sends a feed to your computer.
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Post  OABB 4-H Lego Robots on Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:05 pm

Does the video camera carried on-board the robot need to have a date/timestamp feature? I have looked at 2 Nikon's, a Cannon and a FLIP, none of them seem to have this feature while in video mode.
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