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blazin912

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It's that time of year. Snow is coming down and I just got my 2nd camera up.. recording continuously, but alerts just raining in as the snow is detected as motion. Yuck.

My recording is 5fps, so the snow has long "trails".

Do I set contrast and object size high? I want alerts for humans. I realize a snow flake 1" from the lens looks like a 10 foot tall person. Hoping someone in the northern parts has figured this out.. TIA!!
 

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Get a separate IR illuminator. Mount it several feet away from the camera. Turn off the camera's built-in IR. It will see through the falling snow much better this way.

If you also have the problem during the day, you'll need to shelter the front of the camera better so snow doesn't fall so close.
 

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Get a separate IR illuminator. Mount it several feet away from the camera. Turn off the camera's built-in IR. It will see through the falling snow much better this way.

If you also have the problem during the day, you'll need to shelter the front of the camera better so snow doesn't fall so close.
Awesome, illuminator in my case would need to be in front of the camera but could point away from the lens, towards, or across the face. I assume towards would be bad and across the face would add glare.

Would it be reasonable to mount the illuminator at the same corner of the house but at a different height?
 

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Well.. I'm an n00b. I just shut my IR off completely and I'm good to go. I've got a light next to the doorway this is observing. Along with architectural lighting on the front of the house and the neighbor's.. the IR provides no benefit. I've got BLC on.. these starlight cameras are remarkable.

 

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Well.. I'm an n00b. I just shut my IR off completely and I'm good to go. I've got a light next to the doorway this is observing. Along with architectural lighting on the front of the house and the neighbor's.. the IR provides no benefit. I've got BLC on.. these starlight cameras are remarkable.

When the snow melts the image may not be as good. Snow reflects lots of light.
 

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Mounting the IR source above or below the camera should be fine. The most important thing is that snow falling just inches in front of the lens won't be brightly illuminated.
 
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