How to see the timestamp on a Nest video clip

When you download a video clip from the Nest app, it comes with timestamps that are visible when you turn on subtitles. This comes in handy when you want to know when your video clip was recorded.

For example, if your Google Nest camera records a burglar breaking into your home, you have a video clip with the date and time to give to the police. Or if your camera captures your child’s first steps, the video clip can let you know exactly how and when it happened.

Nest camera timestamps aren’t permanently recorded on top of your video clips like timestamps from traditional camcorders. Instead, you can show or hide them whenever you want.

Tip: You can also find the date and time of video clips saved in the video clip library in the Nest web app:

  1. On the home page, select your camera.
  2. Select Clips, then select View clips. Each clip is labeled with the date and time it was recorded.

Display the timestamp in a video clip

Note: Timestamps are not saved with timelapses (footage that has been sped up to show several minutes or hours in a few seconds).

1. Create and download a video clip to your computer.

2. Open the downloaded video clip in a video player that supports subtitles. For example, the following apps support subtitles:

  • VLC Media Player (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android)
  • QuickTime (Mac)

3. In your video player’s settings, turn on subtitles to see the timestamp. Check the support sites for each video player to learn how to turn on subtitles.


4. After you turn on subtitles, the timestamp should show at the bottom of the video with the date and time of the recording. Turn subtitles off to hide the timestamp again.


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