The AEF has placed 2 HD video cams on the nest tree, and another cam mounted some distance away that gives a beautiful view of the nest tree.
In past seasons, we have provided 3 separate viewing screens that can be viewed simultaneously. While there are benefits from being able to see all cams at once, there are downsides—both to the individual viewer and to operational expenses. Our cameras and technology are constantly being upgraded, resulting in better images, but requiring more bandwidth. When 3 videos are being streamed at the same time on each viewer’s computer, the cost is astronomical for AEF because of the amount of bandwidth used. And, having 3 streaming video screens (or even 2) running simultaneously on an individual’s computer makes that computer “work harder” – sometimes resulting in stream interruption and having to refresh the browser to restart a stream.
TABS: A New Look
What we have done this season is to have only one view displaying at a time. You will note there are now 3 TABS (Cam 1, Cam 2, & Cam 3) above the video, allowing the viewer to choose which screen to watch at any given time. It’s set to default to Cam 1. By clicking either Cam 2 tab or Cam 3 tab, the image in the screen changes (without having to click a start button again).
If you are on an older iPad and are only able to view Cam 1, it may be because you need to change the settings on Safari (or Puffin). Please click on this page for additional help. You may need to UNCHECK “Request Desktop Site” and select “Mobile Friendly View.”
What if I want to watch more than one cam at the same time?
You can do this on a computer, but not on a mobile phone or small device.
If you want to watch 2 cams or 3 cams at the same time, you will need to open 2 or 3 separate browser windows on your computer.
How do I do this on a PC?
If you are on a PC, simply click on a tab view to open in a new window (the entire webpage will load – not just the player). Put your cursor on the tab (for example, Cam 2 tab), and RIGHT CLICK. A menu drops down, and you can choose “OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW.” When you do that, another window opens. Same thing if you want a THIRD window to open. You will need to resize the windows so they may fit on your screen. (more on resizing) Then select the cam view you want for that specific window.
How do I do this on a Mac?
You will need to be using either Chrome or Safari – this doesn’t work on Firefox. And, again, this only works on a computer. Not a mobile phone. A phone simply isn’t large enough to accommodate multiple windows.
Place your curser in the address box at the top of your browser window. Then hold down the shift button on your keypad and hit “enter” — a second NEFL window will open. Then, you will need to select a tab showing the cam view you want to see in the new window. Repeat this process if you want to also see all 3 views. You will need to resize the windows so they can fit on your screen.
Resizing multiple windows
To resize your browser windows, place your curser at the bottom right, holding down the left side of your mouse, and dragging the size of the window small enough so you can see 2 or 3 windows at the same time. REMEMBER that not only will the browser screen be smaller, it means that you will be watching a much smaller video screen.
What about the chat window if I am watching 2 or 3 screens at once?
The good thing about chat is that it can be POPPED OUT. — moved around on your computer and placed anywhere you want it to be. You can also resize it!
POPPING OUT THE CHAT WINDOW: Look at the bottom lower right icon underneath chat (it’s a square with an arrow pointing in a northeast direction outside the square.) By clicking that little square, a separate chat window opens that you can move anywhere on your computer screen.
MOVE THE POPPED OUT CHAT WINDOW: Simply place your curser at the top of this new “popped out” window, hold down the left side of your mouse, and you can move the new chat window anywhere you want it to be.
RESIZE THE CHAT WINDOW: You can also resize the chat window by placing your curser at the lower right edge of the “popped out” chat window. When a horizontal arrow appears, hold down the left side of your mouse, and drag that edge to make the window wider or taller.
Watch Live Or DVR:
DVD / PLAYBACK (REWIND) FEATURE: Each of our cams has the capacity to go back in time 2 hours. Many chatters call this the rewind feature.
You may see both DVR and LIVE text when you open you screen. If you want to be absolutely sure you are watching LIVE streaming, click “live.” Otherwise, you may be watching a delay of a few seconds.
WATCH LIVE: When you click “live,” the DVR text disappears, and the Live text will have a red button beside it.
In addition, if you mouse over the video screen the playback bar (the blue bar) will be all the way across the screen.
PLAYBACK (REWIND / DVR) BAR: The playback bar will appear as a blue bar that goes across the screen. By clicking on the playback bar at any point, you can “go back in time” up to 2 hours. We do not have exact measurements for time, so just do your best to place the curser where you think the event happened. One hour before would be 1/2 way on the bar, etc. Put your curser on the blue bar and click where you think the event might have happened. The DVR will start momentarily and you can go forward from there. You may need to start the play button again. When you want to return to LIVE streaming, simply click on the “live” text.
I see more than 2 cams in the nest tree? What are the other cams for?
AEF has entered into an arrangement with a Third Party (name cannot be released at this time) to produce a documentary of the NEFL nest. 4K cams have been installed that are being used in the making of the documentary (but are not currently being used for streaming on our website.)