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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

172 Comments
Novice

It would be a nice option enable/disable live timestap on the video that is being recorded. I know there are other ways to get the timestamp, but why not make it easy.

Fledgling

I agree there should be a time and date stamp. 

Aspirant

I agree there should be a time and date stamp

Fledgling
Agree, I need to take these to court and this would be very helpful.
Guide

When recordings are downloaded they have cryptic file names. The file name needs to include the date of the recording. I was shocked to discover they do not.

Community Manager

Rustydogg,

 

The file name is in Epoch Time. Take a look at this article that outlines how to convert Epoch Time: How do I get the timestamp of a downloaded Arlo recording?

 

JamesC

Time stamp needs to be on downloaded videos. Thanks

Community Manager
Status changed to: New Ideas
 

This would be needed in a court as it shows the time from the camera set by the manufacturer. please add this in as an option.

Community Manager
Status changed to: New Ideas