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Image disappears 3 to 4 seconds into recording - sound still present, just vanishes

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mwh
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I have a 5 camera system (Arlo pro 2). two of the cameras activate and begins recording however 3 to 4 seconds into the recording the image disappears/vanishes. I can still here the sound of the individual walking or the car as drives by but no image....HELP

Model: VMC4030P | Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Camera
Eric182
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Do you have them under constant AC power or battery? Do you have your camera set to record until motion stops or for a set amount of time?
mwh
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both under AC power; record time set at 60 seconds

Eric182
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mwh
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they don't apply: I've try rebooting changing the record setting back and forth to no avail.  Any other recommendations...

Eric182
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Not sure what you mean by “they don’t apply” but if you read that entire thread, it sounds like the same issue you’re having.  To test this, unplug your cameras and have them run only on battery. See if you get your 60  second recording’s that way. See if that fixes your issue. 

mwh
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Sorry I wasn't more clear. It first started when the cameras were on battery power and I thought going t0 AC power would solve the issue but it didn't.  I've tried turning the cameras off for a period; rebooting, but nothing works. When I review the play back of say a vehicle driving by, about 3 sec into the video play back  the vehicle disappears, but you can still hear the sound of the vehicle going buy.

Eric182
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OK. That sounds like a different issue . Thanks for clarifying.
ShayneS
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Hi @mwh

 

Have you tried to reboot the cameras or remove them from Settings > My devices & test again?

Reallyconfused
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If I can add to this, what I see with my situation is that the object which triggered the recording {car, person, cat, whatever...} disappears from within the recorded video. In my case its not that the recording stops and audio continues, the visual recording and audio continue but the object being tracked simply vanishes! Once the object is gone I can still see the branches on the trees moving from the wind blowing on them until the video times out.

 

If I needed to identify someone doing something bad to my property but they vanish before their face is visible then what good is $1500 of a system to me. 

I did purchase a three year warranty from Best Buy along with the package. I will give this some time before I return the whole thing and get my money back. Its not like the above is the only issue going. I have, and still am having, some of the other problems I see people complaining about. Too high a price to pay to enroll in what seems to be one big beta project!

RandyTashjian
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Hello,

 

I, too, am having similar issues.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks.

 

Model: VMC4030P | Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Camera
ShayneS
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Hi @RandyTashjian

 

Have you tried to remove & re-instal the Arlo mobile app?

RandyTashjian
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Hi @ShayneS,

 

Thanks for your reply.  I haven't yet but I can do that, test it out over the next few days, and let you know.

 

I appreciate your input.

RogerWilco486
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This sounds very similar to the "On AC" issue where after about 10 seconds the video jumps to a still image of the last frame after the subject has left the field of view but the sound still continues. 

 

There's now 6 pages of folks discussing the issue over a span of three months but no resolution from Arlo besides "we're looking into it". 

 

If you are still in a position to return your Arlo for a refund, that's what I suggest you do.

RandyTashjian
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Hi @RogerWilco486,

 

That is actually almost identical to the issue I'm having except for the fact that the still image I see occurs even with the subject still in view.  For example, a car going down the driveway just disappears and the frame seems frozen.  It's not encouraging that there's still no solution from Arlo.  Returning the product is not an option for me, unfortunately. 

 

Thanks for your input.

JamieSchuster
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I have the exact same problem. Random in nature but too frequent to rely on this as a security system if there are large gaps in its primary function Is this a software problem or hardware problem This a
Is the first answer that Arlo needs to address.
StephenB
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@RandyTashjian wrote:

For example, a car going down the driveway just disappears and the frame seems frozen. 


Try downloading AVIdemux ( http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/ ) and playing the video in it.

 

When I've done this, I can see the missing pieces of the video (at the wrong frame rate, but they are there).  This tells me that something is damaged either in the encoded video itself or in the mp4 container.

 

While painful to do this with every video, if there is something you really need to see then using this editor might help you.

RandyTashjian
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Thanks for the tip, @StephenB.  I'll check it out.

Mjbeuke
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@StephenB we’ve all become experts in workarounds just to use this system - every one of which has some sort of cost associated with it, be it time, money, or both.

I’m actively using 3 workarounds just to have any functionality on my system.... and it’s still janky at best.

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