Currently Colorado Web Cam is featuring Web Cameras in Colorado produced by us. As of fall 2017 we have about 35 produced Camera Streams. We also have a partner in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho area based out of Jackson. His cameras have fantastic views and are available on our platform. We have also added many CDOT routes for a quick snap shot of common trips like Blackhawk, I70, 285, and we will add more as we develop more. Our primary focus is adding more cameras in Colorado and any good views anywhere.
We have spent a lot of time trying to build a quick functioning site that can make getting to the right cameras easily. We have two Categories. We have Locations, and we have Types. Locations like Aspen, Snowmass, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Edwards, Beaver Creek, Rifle, and New Castle. Types like, River, Mountain, Star Gazing UFO Watching, Ski, Train, and more. You start with a Group View listing large thumbs of the current camera snap shots. When you click on the single webcam view, you get that detail page.
The detail page is the guts of the coloradowebcam viewer. On the top you will get the TITLE under that is the Live Stream. The Live Webcam Stream will be the last thing to load, and may take a few seconds to populate. The first thing that will populate is the CURRENT view image. Under that is the button to see in full resolution. Then will be a list of Camera Types and Camera Locations to get back to the other camera lists you also want to view. We provide next some text to describe the camera details. Each Camera has a GEO MAP google maps location. There is more information links on RADAR, More Weather, Time Lapse, Satellite, Air Quality links, Wild Fire Links. Under that is the Weather Underground Forecast. The More Weather button goes to NOAA. In Crestone it goes to the local weather monitor in Crestone www.keno.org. He is the weather monitor in Crestone for the NOAA. Finally we list a list of similar web cameras on our network.
On the live stream many have audio, so turn up your volume to hear. Also on the stream mouse over the lower right hand corner click the [ ] box to make the stream go full screen. Stream resolution may very site to site. Cameras have 3 stream resolutions depending on how much upload speed we can acquire at the site. Reading the black text on the top will indicate how high the resolution is set. If the text is chopped off compared to the current shot, you know the resolution was scaled back to accommodate the internet speed. Web Cameras have a Timeout after a period of time. You can simply click to start the stream again. We have to do this to keep costs of streaming in check. It does cost a lot to produce these streams and we have to pay by data used.
Stream interruptions can and do happen from time to time. Most cases are because the internet is too slow to collect the stream at the streaming server. But not always. Sometimes it is the internet at the viewer location, your location. The dynamics of the web cameras is very interesting as far as how much data it requires. It uses a Compression Technology to compress the video and the amount required is increased the there is a lot of change in the view. So if the wind is blowing or the image is very dynamic, it will use a lot more internet to send the image up to the streaming company. But the web cameras do go down, and when you are managing many cameras, there is always a few that need service.
The Time Lapse Player is a custom program we have developed to load the current images into a player. We by default load 245 images by default. You can re-run the program and select your own time window. You can control the player on the bottom after it loads. Forward backward player control. Speed of player control. Stop and start control. Step by Step Control. Look for the Time Lapse Player Button on the detail page of each web camera under More Information