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Time and Date Display on video (Timestamp)

Preface: The property management company I work for purchased 8 Arlo cameras to set up around the apartment complex I manage. 

 

The current system does not provide an easy way to tell the exact time a specific time that an image within a video clip was captured, nor does it provice an easy way to navigate to a specific time within a video. The only mention of an exact time is the time listed when the camera began recording each clip. To find out when a still image within the video was captured, you must mentally add up the amount of time you are into a video and the start time of the clip. Example: I want to find the time 6:32 within a video clip. The video clip states that it starts at 6:30, so I navigate two minutes into the video.

 

My suggestion is to either add a time and date stamp to the video recording, in an unobtrusive area of the video, perhaps customizeable to which corner it appears in. Alternatively, rather than the time slider at the bottom of the clip playback stating the time into the video clip, it displays the real time the video was taken. Current setup for video playback begins at 00:00:00 and advances to 00:02:00, if video length is set to 120 seconds. Instead, it could start at the real time the video capture was taken and continue along at real time. Example: Video starts at 06:30:27 and the slider at the bottom of the playback advances to 06:32:27.

 

This would aid in finding a specific time in which an event reportedly occurred, as well as serve for better evidence when assessing a charge against a tenant for littering, as you could print out a screenshot of the video with a timestamp and attach it to a document for issuing a charge. It would also aid in police investigations or as evidence when in litigation. Police often come to my office to request video footage of a certain time and date, and this would assist them. We also have a problem with illegal dumping of mattresses and furniture, in which case we would need a timestamped image to present to police.

 

Thank you for reading this suggestion, and I hope that a timestamp could be implemented as an optional feature for the Arlo camera system in the future. 

J. Benson,
Ullrich Real Estate

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Arlo's response to using the epoc and unix time stamp conversion is simply lazy. Many other companies provide such time stamps within the video being shot. I really hope that Arlo corrects this soon as I have purchased an arlo Pro 4 camera kit and may potentially be needing it for court in the near future. I think there is plenty of community support/interest in this topic that Arlo should be taking it more seriously to add the requested time stamp feature as an overlay to recorded footage. I have added a kudos per the recommendation, but seeing how old this thread is, I feel Arlo has no intentions of making any changes. That is frustrating from a users standpoint to see little to no support/concern from the provider. 

Initiate

Can't believe this thread goes back in time so far.

 

I have 80 Arlo Pros and life would be so much easier with the ability to add a timestamp to the downloaded videos.

Also would be nice to have the file names reflect this info...like the app does...and not epoch time which requires conversion. 

 

I'm likely going to be purchasing 100 security cameras soon and this is really starting to get annoying.

I love almost everything else about the Arlo system and don't get how I'm being turned off of them JUST because of timestamps...