We’re giving a new life to an old laptop!

WE have been asked to produce a timelapse film for a construction client and filming will last 18 months!

The site is quite remote and has no internet access so we’ve had to design a self-contained system for collecting thousands of photographs taken over hundreds of days.

Central to the hardware requirement is a decent laptop computer that will be left on-site for the duration of the build. Because of the location we decided to keep the computer cheap and cheerful, there were minimum technical requirements. To get what we needed we looked at refurbished machines, and this one from Laptopsdirect.co.uk fitted the bill perfectly:

It’s a Lenovo T420 with an i5 processor and a 320GB hard drive – a proper workhorse of a machine with plenty of life left in it. But the amazing thing is the price, less than £200.

Compared to what we could buy new for £200, this is an amazing spec. The keys are worn very shiny but we like that!

We can leave this running for a few weeks at a time unattended and visit whenever the drive is filling up with images. We have installed clever software from IPTimelapse in America and Mike, one of the company’s tech experts, has been amazingly helpful. His software controls this top quality camera via an ethernet cable.

Yes, it’s a security camera capable of better-than-HD quality images and superb low-light performance. The whole system, including cables and a 240V power supply, has cost less than £500 and the client is delighted.

It will all be away at the building site location for a year and a half, so if you would like us to make you an amazing timelapse film, well, we’ll just buy it all again!