As the great philosopher Steven Tyler once said, "Walk this WAY!"
Here are some quick tips about capturing on the jobsite using the VideoWalk feature within StructionSite mobile.
Lighting - Just like VideoWalk's baby brother, 360 Photos, proper lighting is essential for capturing videos. Natural lighting during the day is optimal. If recording inside a building without much natural lighting or later in the day, it is recommended to have proper light sources on the job site, AND a light for the camera. See our article on hardware for more information on this topic: http://help.structionsite.com/administrators/recommended-hardware-starter-kit
Consistency in the lighting condition is also important. If you start in an interior area then step outside during the middle of a sunny day the camera will need to adjust exposure during the walk and some frames will be lost. It is recommended to start new walks when drastically capturing different lighting conditions.
- Slow and Steady Wins the Race - When walking you want to maintain a slow, casual walking pace. If entering small spaces, such as closets, it's good to slow to a near stop at the center then make your turn and continue out of the room. Try not to increase speed suddenly and take turns as you would in a car: avoid quick pivots!For perspective: A slow walking space would be in the realm of 2.8 MPH which comes out to 4.11 ft/sec. At this rate, you're walking just shy of 250 feet a minute which comes out to nearly half a mile of capture in a single max length walk. Whew, that is a lot of data!
- Planning the Walk - It's best to know ahead of time the path you're taking to avoid obstacles. New users will unknowingly pass by hanging objects which crowd the camera's lenses which results in the loss of footage. Obscure movement through and under objects can also cause unnecessary capture of footage not useful which inflate files sizes and delays processing. Segmenting floor plans into shorter captures will also result in a cleaner display of data. A little planning goes a long way!
- Using a Hard Hat mount? - Avoid swiveling your head quickly as this blurs frames and lowers the amount of useful footage captured within your walk. We know there is a lot of awareness required to walk the site safely which means a lot of looking around but minimizing head movement will result in clearer frames and useful VideoWalks.
- Keeping the Camera Leveled/Positioned - Ideally, you want the camera to stay as close to center mass of your body and try not to obscure the view of the lenses. . Hold the camera slightly above your head and keep a consistent elevation. Consider yourself a ninja tripod!
- Syncing VideoWalks - To have a smooth sync you want a strong WiFi connection. If you don't have an onsite WiFi source then we recommend taking the device back to a reliable WiFi source after capture, then starting the sync and letting it wrap up uninterrupted.
- Ensure you are using the correct micro-SD card type. It should be a high end UHS-I U3 card.
Keeping to these best practices will help you capture the best quality videos and result in a great experience with VideoWalk. Thank you for reading and be safe out there in the field!