We have a large highway overpass about to be constructed in our town. It is near a communication tower that I have access to and I can mount a camera on the tower and get network access. I would like to create a time-lapse movie of the construction over the course of about 1 year.
Here are my challenges:
1) I'd like to just set the interval and have software capable of positioning the camera and snapping a frame that is added to a video file. Then, once a week or so I'll just grab the progress to-date and post the file for viewing by interested parties. I am aware there are post-processing tools for pulling the time-lapse out of continuous video, but it would create gigantic raw files and I'd have to dedicate more time than I'm willing to doing the post-processing.
2) The tower is only about 500 feet from the center of the 1500 foot wide construction zone, so unless I go with a fish-eye lens, I won't be able to capture the entire scene in one frame. (plus I already have a good PTZ camera and would like to avoid buying another) I've seen discussions about real-time stitching but haven't found any software that can control a PTZ camera to do automated panorama type captures.
Anyone aware of an application or combination of applications that can help me?
Thanks for any ideas!