Trail Camera Discussion of Manufactured Cameras.
By SquirrelyDan
#360057
Iam interested in the lookout model and have a few questions. Firstly does this camera\platform support live viewing such as pic and or video? What does the phone app look like? Can't seem to find any videos on the app . I had a browning defender wireless previously and am looking forward to upgrading. The browning defender was just ok. On a side note will there be any news models coming out this year? And does the lookout ever go on sale ? Thanks guys
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By Anthony
#360058
A link to the DEMO account:
https://portal.ridgetec.com/tour/login/ ... 0c651271df


Here are some shots from the mobile app. This is from my Android phone and these are my cameras and a couple of cameras shared with me.
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By Anthony
#360059
>>Firstly does this camera\platform support live viewing such as pic and or video?

If you mean does the camera perform like a webcam or a wifi ip camera, no. since it is battery powered, by design it performs in a way to conserve battery power.

Can you get a photo from a video capture, then turn around and view the video a few minutes later?

YES, Absolutely.

Do photos come in from the camera in real time and send a push notification to your mobile app in real time?

Yes Absolutely.
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By Anthony
#360060
>> On a side note will there be any news models coming out this year?

The Lookout Dual, supporting both AT&T and Verizon in a single camera is new for 2020. Yes, there will be a new model coming this summer (I can't disclose the details yet)

>> And does the lookout ever go on sale ?

We have MAP pricing (minimum advertised price). Our sales and model is to primarily sell through real brick and mortar dealers. there will be some exceptions.

MAP means every one must advertise at the same price. Our dealer contract specifies a couple of holiday sales periods and it would be a dealer discretion as to discount %.

If you want to purchase a large order, then its only natural to call and speak with a sales person about a quantity discount. MAP applies to online e-commerce disclosure. It requires all dealers to sell at the same price. Ridgetec does not authorize anyone to sell on amazon other than ridgetec corporate and the price will remain MAP on amazon.

This methodology ensures a level playing field among dealers and aquashes sqabbles over pricing and the race to the bottom.

Ridgetec cellular cameras are a premium product and system.
By SquirrelyDan
#360063
Wow very impressed! It most definitely is a premium product. Thank you for the feedback. Could you give me some examples of how many pictures are used to upload video? Say 10 seconds at 1080p. Thanks again
By SquirrelyDan
#360065
Iam trying to understand how many pics it will take to upload videos. What is the charge for videos instead of pictures. I noticed in the demo area that 1080p pictures costed 11 points. What would a 10 second video of the same quality cost in points ?
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By Anthony
#360066
well this is an issue with a lot of variables.

what affects file size for a video:

video length in seconds
video resolution
video quality

so there is no easy answer.

now to make matters more complicated. We lowered the cost to 10% above our cost. The ides was to promote the use of video and make the price as low as we can reasonably.

what this means is that at different tiers the same video will cost different points because we make it flat rate.

the higher the tier the less each point costs so at a lower tier a video will cost fewer points then a higher tier.

I hate to have to explain this but the Ridgetec goal was to just more than break even on the data used to upload each video.

This was my decision. I love video mode and I wanted it to as accessible as we could make it everyone.
By SquirrelyDan
#360067
Ok that's understandable. Ridgetec plans still seem far more affordable than the others. So if I request highest quality and highest resolution for 10 seconds what would it charge ? Thanks
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By Anthony
#360068
example... i run 10 cameras and i am on 100,000 points/month tier at 77.95,


$77.95 / 100000 = .0007795/point.... cost per point.

on my salt lick cam, my video costs 446 points.

that means the video costs $0.35 to upload.

The camera is on 1080p video, 15 seconds, maximum quality. i could easily be happy with half that quality and a lower res. My camera is on the demo account and people want to see what it looks like.

this means the absolute max cost for me would be 0.70 for a 30s video at max quality.
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By Anthony
#360069
SquirrelyDan wrote: Wed May 20, 2020 8:43 pm Ok that's understandable. Ridgetec plans still seem far more affordable than the others. So if I request highest quality and highest resolution for 10 seconds what would it charge ? Thanks
I guess actual cost is around 00.25 per video. The file would be around 10Mb at a cost of around 2.5 cents per mb to the customer.

so, i just revealed all our secrets to our competition but oh well. let them match our performance and cost.
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By Anthony
#360071
You are very welcome. there is no dumb question. this can be complicated and intimidating. I never mind any questions.

due to COVID19 we are low on stock and shortages of supplies and manpower in China are making it difficult to get more products.

Right now we have a relative surplus of the non-camo matte charcoal-grey finish. If it makes no difference to you (suppose you use a security box) then on our website select grey when you order.

thanks.
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By reaperman
#360076
I keep my camera on the “standard high” video setting, normally 15 seconds. I think a video costs roughly 80 points. The video quality in that mode is excellent and the thumbnail photo sent to the phone is also crystal clear. That thumbnail costs only about 4 or 5 points. From that thumbnail, you can decide if you want to purchase the video. I keep my camera in video mode always and never come close to using the 5000 points on the plan I choose. However, starting in the fall, I do request a lot more videos when I see antlers, but still never run out of points. For a few dollars you can purchase points in kind of a little savings account. They sit in that account in case you run out before the end of the month then your points will draw from there.
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By Anthony
#360077
reaperman wrote: Wed May 20, 2020 10:37 pm I keep my camera on the “standard high” video setting, normally 15 seconds. I think a video costs roughly 80 points. The video quality in that mode is excellent and the thumbnail photo sent to the phone is also crystal clear. That thumbnail costs only about 4 or 5 points. From that thumbnail, you can decide if you want to purchase the video. I keep my camera in video mode always and never come close to using the 5000 points on the plan I choose. However, starting in the fall, I do request a lot more videos when I see antlers, but still never run out of points. For a few dollars you can purchase points in kind of a little savings account. They sit in that account in case you run out before the end of the month then your points will draw from there.

I agree that this ia very good bang for the buck in video mode. this is how I recommend people use video mode exactly.

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