VIEWING DIFFERENT CAMS
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 ARE GONE, BUT WE STILL HAVE 3 VIEWS!
Our new streaming partner, HDOnTap, provides thumbnails for “Other Views” — so, if you mouse over the cam, you will see all three cam views at the bottom of the screen. By default, Cam 1, or the first thumbnail, is streaming. If you want to see Cam 2, click on the 2nd thumbnail. To see Cam 3 (the long-range tree view), click the third thumbnail.
In the images below, note the “Other Views” at the lower right. You will see that if you mouse over the video screen. When you click “Other Views,” 3 thumbnails appear and you can select the one you want to see! To close the thumbnail view, click the “x” above the thumbnail strip.
POPPING OUT CHAT
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.
TROUBLESHOOTING VIEWING ISSUES
Our streaming partner, HDOnTap, has some troubleshooting solutions that may be helpful if you ever encounter any of the following issues.
Buffering can occur for a number of reasons when viewing a live stream. While it is possible that buffering can occur due to the network at the camera site or the streaming provider’s network, the majority of buffering cases are the result of the viewer’s network, connectivity, or device.
HOW TO FIX THE ISSUE
- Check your internet connection.
Tip: You can check your internet speed at http://www.speedtest.net
- Force-refresh your browser.
Tip: Force refresh by pressing Ctrl + Shift + R (PC) or Command + Shift + R (Mac)
- Clear your browser’s cache and cookies.
Tip: Click here for more information.
- Make sure you are using the most current version of your browser.
- Try using a different browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
- Try using a different device.
- Restart your computer or device.
- If you are using Internet Explorer 11, make sure you have the latest Flash installation at https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html
- Restart your router.
- Try a wired connection if you are on a wireless connection.
OTHER CAUSES OF BUFFERING
- Heavy Usage on Your Device
Many of our viewers like to keep tabs on multiple cams, however attempting to stream multiple cameras at once (or engage in other bandwidth-heavy activity like YouTube, Netflix, music streaing or downloading) may result in buffering.
- Network Strain
If there are multiple people or devices using your network (IE: connected to your home or office WiFI), the collective usage will impact the bandwidth available. Check to see if others are engaging in bandwidth-heavy activity like streaming or dowloading.
- TV Usage
In some cases, TV usage may impact your available bandwidth. For example, AT&T Uverse television may share available bandwidth with Uverse internet, meaning that watching TV (especially in high definition) may cause buffering. Contact your TV/ISP if you believe this may be occurring.
IF YOU BELIEVE THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE CAMERA OR NETWORK
- HDOnTap strives to quickly re-establish access and live streaming any time an issue arises, and may already be actively working to fix a stream issue. Force-refresh your browser periodically to see if the live stream is back online
TIP: Force refresh by pressing Ctrl + Shift + R (PC) or Command + Shift + R (Mac).
- Occasionally, viewers notice and report issues before our team does. We appreciate these “heads up” notices. If you believe we may not be aware of a live stream issue, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADDITIONAL CAMS ON NEST TREE – WHAT ARE THEY 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.)