Launching our new Surfcam Replays
Last week saw the long-awaited return of the Swellnet Surfcam Replays.
Our Replay system simply records live surfcam vision in the cloud into ten minute blocks - much like a home DVR recorder - so you’re able to check out the surfcam vision from any time over the past seven days at your own convenience. Check out our Replays from: Byron Bay, Duranbah, Snapper Rocks, Greenmount, Currumbin, Burleigh Heads, Alex Headland, Noosa Head.
For those of you without access to the surfcams throughout the day, this will make it easy to review expected day-time swell pulses after dark, or confirm the arrival of the sea breeze against the local wind observations.
Although these kinds of DVR technologies are becoming more common across live broadcasts, Swellnet was actually the first surfing website to implement an automated Replay system, more than ten years ago. The wonderful Wayback Machine actually has an archive snapshot of our first Replay system from December 2007.
For the tech nerds, back in 2007 our Live Surfcams were streaming in Windows Media (.wmv) and the Replays were static videos in Flash (.flv) format - both technologies of which are essentially redundant now - all of our surfcam streams now utilise H.264 encoding.
However the process to create Replays videos is now much easier, thanks to cloud based streaming services and storage, and most importantly the rollout of the NBN, which allows for much faster uploads and thus higher quality surfcam vision.
The first version of our new Replays system - as you see it now - is fairly straightforward, with the last seven days of footage available from dawn to dusk. We’re currently offering Replays from most of the points in SE Qld and Northern NSW, and we'll soon roll the Replays out around the rest of the country.
We also have a development schedule for the coming months that will enhance the Replay functions and improve usability to make it easier for you to check out what the surf is doing. This includes:
- Upgrading all vision to full screen HDTV*
- Ability to save selected Replay clips to your profile (all Replays are currently purged after 7 days)
We’re also working on a couple of other exciting Replay tools, but we’ll keep those ideas under our hat for now. Stay tuned!
(*Swellnet has Australia’s only 100% HDTV surfcam network - every single camera is HD quality - but it’s impossible to ‘stream’ HDTV video across ADSL connections, which still constitutes around half of our network. As we complete our national NBN upgrade, we’ll be able to offer a streamlined HDTV product for all surfcams).
Check out our Surfcam Replays from: