The advantages of webcams are simplicity of use and price.To begin, there are a few things that are needed– Either an i Phone or i Pad – The Wirecast Cam app (free) – Wirecast 6.0.1 or higher – A streaming provider like Da Cast To note, the app is sadly not available on Android devices at this time.In a web article on 25 May, we announced that the VMC camera is being adopted as a professional science instrument.
The gear icon controls the settings for the Wirecast Cam App. Once you click this the red circle changes to a red square. Please note that even if you are “streaming” here, the encoder itself houses the ultimate control.
Working on VMC outreach, education and PR has been one of the most interesting and satisfying projects I've been involved with here at ESOC in recent years.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being in touch with, and working with, a lot of enthusiastic folks – some within ESA, many external – all of whom have been motivated by the love of science, interest in Mars, support for education and working with an active community.
ESA's Mars Express Project Scientist Dmitri Titov is delighted that the camera is opening up a new range of investigations at Mars: “Cloud tracking and dust storm monitoring, for example, are significant topics in the planetary community, and it will allow us to extend Mars Express science ‘into the atmosphere’, filling a gap in the spacecraft’s science portfolio.
The good news is that the transition to a science instrument won't interfere with the ongoing delivery of VMC images for immediate public viewing and for continued use in outreach, education and citizen science.