OctoCam doesn't detect motion


#1

We’ve got the kit connected and can view the image streamed from the camera. We’ve checked all the settings in MotionEye to get it to take still images. But … no pictures are taken when there is motion in front of the OctoCam.

Has anyone else had this problem?


#2

Does that run Motion Eye OS? I’m running Motion Eye on several Pi’s here. I found it very finicky to setup. I either didn’t get a picture when I wanted one, or got a whole bunch taken one after the other.

At present I Have the Motion disabled and just use them for streaming video. I had intentions of having another go at it as I wanted to take pictures on the birds in my feeders. Just never got back to it. I’ll see if I can find time to play around with one of mine over the weekend. Thats when I fill all my feeders.


#3

Yes, I flashed MotionEyeOS onto the SD card, followed the instructions for getting the WiFi set up, and before long we had video streaming to a web browser. But that is as far as I got. I cannot get it to take a picture in response to motion. I even dismantled the kit and waved my hand over it to make sure the sensor wasn’t being obscured.

The post I followed said that the default motion sensing settings would be adequate as a starting point, so I thought they should at least work some of the time. And then I couldn’t find any posts from other people struggling to configure them. So I was starting to wonder if the sensor is faulty. @alphanumeric I will try fiddling with the settings.


#4

Yes, I had missed a setting! Under Still Images - Capture Mode = Motion Triggered. And now I have pictures! I have altered the settings a bit based on this post https://github.com/ccrisan/motioneye/issues/743 and it’s now doing roughly what we need…


#5

Good to hear. Its easy enough to miss something. There are a lot of them that I have no idea what they do.


#6

It looks like its built on this, https://motion-project.github.io/


#7

Thanks for the link and the responses :)


#8

No problem, glad to help. I didn’t buy the actual octocam. I built a reasonable facsimile with stuff I had on hand.
A Pi Zero is likely more than enough for taking stills. I found it struggled with streaming video though. My cameras are built around a 3B+, two 3B’s, and a 3A+. The 3B’s has been basically rock solid. The 3B+ and 3A+ not so much. The stream glitches and I’ve had to redo them once or twice. They stop connecting over WIFI. I “think” its a Motion Eye OS issue with the WIFI chip on the 3B+ and 3A+. Thats my gut feeling. I posted on his forum but got no response.