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bigbassmann

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Got this one almost buttoned up and ready for some outdoor testing. It is my first DSLR and it was a challenge getting it all figured out since I have absolutely zero experience with these cameras but I think I have finally got it all working the way I want it to.
So here is what I have for this build: 

Camera is a Canon EOS T3i/600D 18mp with 18-55mm kit lens

Housing is a large Outdoor Products Watertight case with new rope seal

Safari SMT Camera Controller with Power Backpacker and Mosfet Backpacker

Shutter Release Cable

Remote Control to activate the video

HPWA Fresnel

External microphone

White LED Array

12 volt SLA battery to power everything

Homemade stand constructed from 1/2" metal conduit that allows for total adjustment of the camera housing, the array and the microphone so it can be set at any height and any angle. The stand is a tripod design and the feet are sharpened so it can be pushed into the ground for stability.

This unit will be for day and night videos and the programming is selectable for either 30 second or 1 minute videos with about a 1 second delay between videos as long as motion is being detected. If no further motion is detected the camera will go back into sleep mode after being idle for 30 seconds. I need to get some outdoor testing done to ensure the day/night values are correct. I want the array to come on during low light conditions such as late evening before it is totally dark and while still dark enough in early morning that the added light is needed. I'm sure I will have to adjust the day/night values a little to get it just where I want it to be.  Not sure if the array I have will be what I end up using but it will suffice for testing purposes for now. I will probably make some sort of cover for the mic and also place it inside a plastic bag to protect it from the elements. With this being my first DSLR build I'm sure it isn't setup like some of you more seasoned veterans would have done it but I am quite happy with the way it turned out so far.  

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That is quite the build Ralph! Canons don't seem to come up much in talking about these builds. Looking forward to hearing more about the hack.( I'm thinking you hacked the remotes) 
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Tim, the camera itself isn't hacked. I used a remote shutter release cable and cut off the remote leaving me with the jack that plugs into the camera and enough wire to connect to the Safari board then used the ground and metering wires to bring the camera out of sleep when motion is detected. Then hacked the IR video remote and those wires are connected to the Safari to activate the camera to start and stop video. I removed the IR LED from the video remote, extended it on wires and positioned it through a lens cap from a DXG and then Gooped the lens cap at the proper location so the IR LED is aimed at the remote sensor on the face of the Canon. Took a couple of tries to get it aligned just right for the camera sensor to pick up the signal but finally got it just right. Instead of paying a lot for a lens filter to fit into the big pvc snorkel, I went to my local glass shop and had them cut a 1/8" piece of glass for me, cost $5.35 which is a lot less than the filters run and will work just as well.
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