Timelapse: Other Utility Programs Available for Downloading

Utility programs are optional downloads that may be useful in particular situations. Most people will not need these.

  • File Renamer for renaming your files
  • Synchronize Extracted Image Dates To Video corrects dates on images extracted from video files.
  • Update CSV File for converting CSV files into a TImelapse-compatable format
  • Repair Images that repair Reconyx Image Files that appear Squashed
  • Extracting TLS Files extracts images from Browning TLS files as jpg files

File Renamer

If you need to rename your image files so they can be read in sequence, you can try this 3rd party software (which I didn't develop).

  • Renamer, developed by Denis Kozlov, provides flexible and powerful software to rename files where you specify sets of renaming rules.

Synchronize Extracted Image Dates To Video

This utility corrects dates on images extracted from video files. For example, one user used a reconyx camera to record videos, and then used a 3rd party software system to extract the frames from those videos as JPG images to be read into Timelapse. The problem is that image extraction sets the date to the time of extraction, rather than preserve the date recorded in the video. This utility lets you correct that. As input, it expects a folder where the extracted image names are the .avi video file name plus numbered suffixes, e.g., Recn003.avi, Recn003-01.jpg, Recn003-02.jpg, .... . You can also add a specific amount of time to every image extracted to preserve the correct date/time and its order (e.g., if you extracted an image every .5 seconds into the video). Note that for this to work, the video's 'date modified' should be the date you want.

Update CSV File

This utility program will let you update a CSV comma-separated values (spreadsheet) file to help make it compatible with what Timelapse expects when importing a CSV file. You can only use it to alter column header names, to trim file name paths, and to split a file path to the expected File and RelativePath values. See the User Manual, Section 11 for details on how to use it and what it does.

Repair Images

A user reported a case where some of their images taken from a Reconyx camera were appearing on the screen 'squashed', i.e., compressed into a few color rows at the top. The images - even though they appeared correctly in a standard image viewer - turned out to be partially corrupted. Without going into too many technical details, the Reconyx camera stopped recording the horizontal image resolution, which Timelapse uses. The RepairImages utility fixes those images. First, back up your images. Then run RepairImages on your folder. It will check all images there. For those that are damaged, a new repaired copy is created and placed in a sub-folder called "RepairedImages". You can then copy (or move) those images back into your main folder, thus replacing the damaged images. Then remove the RepairedImages folder, as you don't want Timelapse to read those in again. But, just in case, remember the first thing I mentioned above: make a backup of that folder first in case things go wrong!
Note: The repair facility may not copy over all the metadata fields from your image, particularly if they are non-standard. Do a test to see if the metadata of interest to you is still there (try both metadata extraction tools in Timelapse). If the metadata is missing, then have Timelapse load your original images, then import the metadata you need, and then do the above repair.

Extracting TLS Files

Some Browning trail cameras, when set in timelapse mode to capture an image every time interval, store a sequence of captured images as TLS file rather than as individual jpg files.
Follow this link to instructions and scripts that extract those images as jpg files, and to correct its date/time metadata, .

Repair Reconyx Image Files that appear Squashed

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