How to see the timestamp on a video clip

When you download a video clip, it comes with timestamps that are visible when you turn on English subtitles. Read on to find out how to do so.

Timestamps come in handy when you want to know when your video clip was recorded. So if your Google Nest camera records a burglar breaking into your home, you’ll have video with the date and time to give to the police. Or if your camera captures your child’s first steps, you’ll always be able to go back and know exactly how and when it happened.

Tip: If you just want to quickly see when the clip was recorded (and if you don’t need a timestamp embedded in the video), you can find this information as long as the clip is still in your account in the Nest app.

  1. On a computer, go to
  2. Select your camera.
  3. Select Clips, then select View clips. Each clip is labeled with the date and time it was recorded.

But if you need to see the actual timestamp on a clip you downloaded, you can do that too.

How to display the timestamp in a video clip

One of the nice things about Nest camera timestamps is that they aren’t permanently recorded on top of your video clips like timestamps from traditional camcorders. Timestamps are always saved with your video clips, and you can show or hide them whenever you want.

Note: Timestamps are only saved with video clips (footage recorded at normal speed). Timestamps are not saved with timelapses (footage that has been sped up to show several minutes or hours in a few seconds).

1. Download your clip

First create and download a video clip to your computer. If you’re not sure how, check out this article:

How to create a video clip or timelapse from your camera’s video history >

Note: If you want to view the clip on a phone or tablet, you’ll need to copy the file from your computer to your other device. One way to do this is to email the video to yourself and open the email on your device. You could also connect the device to your computer with a USB cable and transfer the file manually.

2. Turn on English subtitles while watching your video clip

After you’ve downloaded your clip, open it in a video player that supports subtitles. For example, the following apps support subtitles:

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

Web subtitle

Web subtitle track

After turning on English subtitles, you’ll see the timestamp at the bottom of the video, showing the date and time of the recording. Turn subtitles off to hide the timestamp again.

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