Arlo|Smart Home Security|Wireless HD Security Cameras

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

Comments
Prodigy
Prodigy

Their hour(s) ago times aren't accurate. 😞

 

Thank you for reading and hopefully answering soon. 🙂

Guru

no.

...but the file name ( long number ) is the exact date / time of recording in EPOCH time

( not that you don't know already...but for others )

exp;

1527962640000.mp4

 

using file name ( not .mp4 ) becomes

GMT: Saturday, June 2, 2018 6:04:00 PM
Your time zone: Saturday, June 2, 2018 2:04:00 PM GMT-04:00 DST
Tutor

It blows my mind that that this hasn’t been implemented yet. Requests date back to 2015

Fledgling
Hi Arlo team...
Just purchased a 5 camera system for a bar / restaurant.
Couldn’t be happier with ease of installation and set up, but what’s the deal with no timestamp on the video recordings?
Makes the footage next to useless if I have to give it to the police. Can arlo at least confirm that it’s a feature that they’re working on? If not, I’ll have to replace the system.
Guru

No timestamp in the works TMK...

 

But are you aware the file name ( long number ) is the date time in Epoch format?

you can convert here; https://www.epochconverter.com/

 

exp ;

1568968882768 

is GMT: Friday, September 20, 2019 8:41:22.768 AM
Your time zone: Friday, September 20, 2019 4:41:22.768 AM GMT-04:00 DST
Relative: A year ago