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How to watch the NTU Falcon Cam on PC, Mac, iOS and Android

Like many people I enjoy watching the live streaming cameras set up at Nottingham Trent University which show live footage of a family of peregrine falcons.

Unfortunately the university streams as RTMP, which generally requires Flash to stream in a web browser. As Flash is now generally disabled on browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, I’ve noticed many people having problems watching the cameras, so I wrote this short guide on a way to play the cameras:

For PC and Mac

  1. Download and install VLC Player
  2. Download this file (right click and Save As):
  3. Open VLC Player, Media -> Open File, and open the file you downloaded
  4. Press the track skip buttons to change cameras

For Android smartphone

  1. Install the VLC Player app from Google Play
  2. Open the VLC Player app
  3. Press ‘Open MRL’ from the left menu, and type:
  4. I find it can take a good 30 seconds for the stream to open. Play controls appear if you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. It isn’t very intuitive


  1. Install the VLC for Mobile app from the App Store
  2. Open the VLC Player app
  3. Press ‘Network Stream’ from the left menu
  4. Type this URL into the box at the top:
  5. Press ‘Open Network Stream’
  6. Press ‘ntucalconcams.m3u’ which should now be added to the list
  7. The camera streams should now show. It can take 30 seconds to start. Use the track skip buttons to change between the three cameras.


Hopefully in the future NTU will either stream directly to a HTML5 compatible format, or set up a live streaming conversion server.

Hope this helps people enjoy watching the falcons.



Rock, Paper Scissors

I listened to an interesting podcast today, exploring the game Rock, Paper, Scissors, prediction patterns and game theory.

Being clever isn’t an effective way of winning, as people are rarely perfect decision makers. The Nash equilibrium is only relevant to domains with perfect decision makers. So it is important to consider the choices of others.

In the podcast, it was mentioned that from large datasets:

The biggest chunk of people will think one step ahead, the next biggest chunk of people will think totally randomly, the next biggest chunk of people will think two steps ahead, and a small number of people will go beyond two steps.

It also considers crowds and groups influencing decisions.

Link to the podcast: Rock, Paper, Scissors (BBC) (Direct MP3)

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Happy New Year – 2012

I wish everyone success and good health for 2012.

For me, 2011:

  • Taught myself electronics and Arduino, and built two timelapse cameras
  • Learnt and used NGinx with HTTPS, and HAProxy
  • Learnt Android programming
  • Perfected my 360 photography, achieved surround sound, and my first professional 360 photograph
  • Continued business success

Excited for the opportunities 2012 brings.