Do you have a question about our webcams? Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get.
Old Faithful Geyser Live Streaming Webcam
Required Software & Limitations
Why does the Old Faithful streaming webcam sometimes point at the ground?When the wind blows steam from Old Faithful toward the webcam, our webcam volunteers point the webcam at the ground so the silica that blows from the geyser does not land on the camera lens. Silica will coat glass and this is an attempt to protect the lens on our webcam.
The video re-buffers every few seconds. What can I do to fix this?
Why isn’t the next predicted eruption time posted on the streaming video webcam image?
What is causing the camera image to shake or sway from time to time?
Why don’t you have a live streaming webcam for people with slower Internet connections?
Why don’t you have a label that pops up to tell us the name of the geyser we’re watching?
Why isn’t the video image sharper?
In order to compress the video image to a small enough stream to be delivered over a 300 kbps connection, it was necessary to use a compression setting that resulted in a somewhat soft video image.
Why do I sometimes get an image that is almost all grey with very little detail?
Who is controlling the aiming of the camera?
How is the camera being aimed?
Are there plans to make the camera controls available to the general public?
Why isn’t the default setting for Old Faithful Geyser focused in on the geyser? It currently shows visitors on the boardwalk in the foreground.
Will this camera be used to deliver live ranger programs over the Internet?
Are you planning to install other live streaming video webcams around the park?
We want to wave to our family from Old Faithful when we visit but this camera is constantly moving from one scene to another. How can we wave to our family?
What camera is being used to deliver the streaming webcam images?
The Webcam is not updating. It keeps showing the same picture over and over. Why?
These downtime periods can be anywhere from a few minutes to several weeks in duration depending on the nature of problem. A WASO server crash in January of 2006 brought our cameras down for nearly two weeks. When these downtime periods occur, we are unable to access any of our pages in order to post notices related to the camera failure, or anything else for that matter.
Every once in the while the color goes very blue on the Old Faithful Webcam image. Why?
There is a bright blue streak across the tops of the trees at times. Why?
The Webcam keeps reloading the same image with the same time/date stamp. Why?
The most likely reason for this is that there is a break in communication between the Webcam and the Internet. The page will continue to reload the last image received by the server until communications are restored. Press the reload (refresh) button. If that does not work come back to visit later.
The Webcam shows a white page, a partially loaded page, or an error message. What should I do?
When I come back to the Webcam after being away, it shows an old picture. Why?
The Webcam page loads but there is no picture. Why?
Why can I see weather data in some images, but not others?
Did You Know?
Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.