Event-Based Recording for cameras

With a Nest Aware subscription that has Event-Based Recording (EBR), your camera only saves clips to the cloud when it detects important sound or motion. With Nest Aware subscription that has Continuous Video Recording (CVR), your camera saves all footage to the cloud anytime it’s on and streaming video.

To learn more about Nest Aware subscriptions, go to our What you get with a Nest Aware subscription article. You can also compare Nest Aware subscriptions in the GStore.

The table below compares some key features between Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus:

Feature

Nest Aware

EBR only

Nest Aware Plus

EBR + CVR

Live video feed

CVR video history

All footage is saved to the cloud.

 

Up to 10 days

EBR video history

All footage is temporarily saved to the cloud, then video with no sound or motion activity is deleted.

Up to 30 days

Up to 60 days

Ability to save and share clips

Differences between event-based and continuous video recording

Event-Based Recording (EBR)

  • Your Nest camera streams live video 24/7 while it’s on and temporarily saves everything to the cloud for activity processing. We then use cloud-based algorithms to pick out different kinds of activity to store.
  • Because EBR only stores event video history, footage that contains no activity our algorithms don’t determine as important is deleted from the cloud. So, you’ll see some dark gray areas in your camera’s Sightline with “No activity detected” even when your cameras are on and streaming live video.
  • The Nest app will show you EBR video history. The Google Home app will show you video clips of important sound and motion events and those clips will be saved to your account in the cloud.
  • EBR is available with Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus subscriptions
  • Depending on your Aware subscription, you can review up to 60 days of EBR video history in the Nest app.

Continuous Video Recording (CVR)

  • Your Nest camera streams live video 24/7 while it’s on and saves everything to the cloud.
  • All footage is saved in video history. So, you’ll only see gaps in your camera’s Sightline when the camera is turned off or offline.
  • The Nest app will show you CVR video history. The Google Home app will show you video clips of important sound and motion events and those clips will be saved to your account in the cloud.
  • CVR is available with a Nest Aware Plus subscription.
  • Depending on your Nest Aware subscription, you can review up to 10 days of CVR video history in the Nest app.

You can check to see which Nest Aware program you’re enrolled in from either the Nest or Home app.

  • From the Nest App, select Settings   And then Nest Aware.
  • From the Home app, select Add And then Nest Aware

You can view EBR or CVR video history in the Nest app’s Sightline and event history. You can view camera events in the Home app’s Feed and History.

Upgrade from a 1st gen Nest Aware subscription

If you have a 1st gen Nest Aware subscription for any of your Nest cameras, you’ll only be able to purchase a new Nest Aware or Nest Aware Plus subscription. Either subscription will apply to all Nest cameras in your home, not per camera.

If you want to continue having CVR video history so that you can view everything your camera records and saves to the cloud for up to 10 days, we recommend purchasing a Nest Aware Plus subscription.

If you would prefer to have EBR video history so that only clips of important sound and motion activity are saved to the cloud, we recommend purchasing a Nest Aware subscription.

Requirements for EBR

Activity your camera can detect

With a Nest Aware subscription, your camera uses advanced algorithms to improve its sound and motion detection and send you better notifications. We continue to develop new and innovative ways to improve your camera’s features and notifications.

Depending on which camera you have, you can get alerts from the Nest app when your camera detects the following activity:

  • People
    • Person
    • Familiar and unfamiliar faces (Nest Cam IQ, Nest Hello, and Nest Hub Max only.  Nest’s familiar face detection feature is not available on Nest cameras used in Illinois or Nest Hub Max in the EU.)
  • All other motion
  • Packages (Nest Hello only)
  • Sounds
    • People talking, dog barking (Not available for Nest Hello)
    • Loud noises
    • Glass breaking (Nest Hub Max in the US only)

View video history in the Nest app

Sightline and event history are views of your Nest camera’s video history that are optimized for mobile, so they’re only available when you use the Nest app on your phone or tablet.

How to view Sightline and event history

You can switch between views by tapping the Sightline Slightline button or event history Event history button icon.

Event history Event history button only shows sound and motion event clips from your camera’s video history. Event view is enabled by default.  

Sightline Slightline button will show all of your camera’s video history. If you see gaps in your camera’s Sightline, it will tell you whether it was because the camera was off or offline, or because there was no activity detected.

Tip: For the best viewing results with EBR, we recommend using the event history Event history button to view your video history.

View camera events in the Home app

In the Feed, you can find and select camera events to review video clips your camera has saved.

Priority events and Recent events

The Home app’s Feed shows you important events that your Nest products detected. Learn more about the Feed in our help center.

  1. Open the Home app.
  2. Tap the Feed tab in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  3. Select a camera event to open the video clip.
    • The following events will automatically appear under “Priority events” at the top of the Feed:
      • Unfamiliar face (Nest Cam IQ, Nest Hello, and Nest Hub Max only.  Nest’s familiar face detection feature is not available on Nest cameras used in Illinois.)
      • Doorbell rang (Nest Hello)
      • Package (Nest Hello only)
      • Sounds:
        • Person talking, dog barking
        • Glass breaking (Nest Hub Max in the US only)
    • The 10 most recent events will appear under “Recent events” in the Feed. You may need to scroll down in order to see this list.

Dismiss a camera event

When you dismiss a camera event in the Home app, it will move to the top of “Recent events” in the Feed.

  • If a camera event is under “Priority events” in the Feed, tap Dismiss.

View Home history

You can go to your home’s history to view and filter camera events. This is helpful if you want to view events that are not as recent and won’t appear in Priority events or Recent events.

  1. Go to the Feed .
  2. Select Go to history at the top of the screen.
  3. Use the following filters in “Home history” to specify the kind of activity you want to review in the Home app:
  • Room
  • Event type
  1. Find and select the camera event to open the video clip. You may have to scroll down to find the one you want.

Manage video clips in the Home app

Select a camera event in the Home app to view the video clip captured by your camera.

video clip playback

Get more info about a video clip

  1. Tap a camera event to open its video clip.
  2. To open the info screen, you can either:
    • Swipe up anywhere on the screen.
    • Tap Options, then choose View info.
  3. You can see the following information for the video clip:
    • Captured in scene
      • Person
      • Motion
      • Package
      • Barking
      • Talking
    • Faces seen
      • Familiar
      • Unfamiliar
    • Zones triggered
    • Details
      • Duration
      • Device

Create a video clip

Note: You must use the Nest app to create, download, and share video clips. You cannot do this in the Home app.

If you have a video clip open in the Home app, you can tap Nest app deeplink icon in the top right corner of the screen to open the Nest app. From there, you can look for the same recorded activity in video history and create a clip.

Learn how to create and share video clips in the Nest app.

Note: If you have EBR video history, you cannot create timelapses in the Nest app.

View live video

On the Home app home screen:

Simply tap the camera to open its live video. You may have to scroll down the home screen to see the camera you want.

Note: You can also view your camera's live video stream in the Nest app anytime.

From a camera event in the Home app:

  1. Select a camera event in the Feed  to open its video clip.

  2. Tap Live video at the bottom of the screen.

Use your phone's microphone to speak through your device

When viewing the live video, tap Microphone microphone icon to turn on the microphone, then speak. Tap it again to turn off the microphone. 

Use emergency calling

Important: This feature is only available in the US. This feature depends on network connectivity and other factors, and may not be available in all areas. Wireless devices may not be reliable for emergency communications. The 911 feature will connect you with the 911 call center covering the home address you provide during setup of this feature.

If you’re viewing the live video in the Home app, you can tap Emergency calling  to call emergency services near your home.

Note: Make sure emergency calling is enabled in the Home app. If it’s disabled, you won’t see the option to use emergency calling.

Learn more about emergency calling and how to use it in the Home app.

Change camera settings in the Home app

Go to your camera’s settings in the Home app:

  1. Tap the camera on the home screen.

  2. Tap Settings  . From there, you’ll be able to change camera settings.

Read the sections below to learn how to change specific settings.

Enable Home & Away Routines

Home & Away Routines can turn your camera on or off automatically based on whether someone has come home or everyone’s away. 

  • When everyone’s away, your camera can turn on its video stream. This means your camera can record important activity while you’re gone and notify you if anything happens.

  • When someone comes home, your camera can turn off the video stream. This means that it won’t stream or record video while you’re at home. You won’t get notifications for activity while the video stream is turned off.

You can also start these Routines with the Home app or a voice command to the Assistant. 

You’ll be able to select which cameras you want to turn on or off, and how you want these Routines to sense occupancy. 

Learn how to set up Home and Away Routines.

Turn the camera on or off

Note: You can also turn your camera on or off in the Nest app. If you change this setting in either app, you’ll need to close and reopen the other app in order for it to update the setting. If you turn the camera off in the Home app, you must use the Nest app to turn the camera back on.

  1. Tap the camera on the home screen.

  2. Tap Settings  in the top right corner of the screen.

  3. Toggle the switch to turn the camera on or off.

Change the name of your device, home, or room your device is in

  1. Tap the camera on the home screen.

  2. Tap Settings  in the top right corner of the screen.

Select Name, Home, or Room and type in a new name.

Familiar face settings

You can change familiar face settings in the Nest app or Home app. If you change these settings in one app, the changes will be reflected in the other app. You may need to close and reopen the other app for the settings to update.

Learn more about familiar face detection and how to manage your library.

Disable video recording

After you disable EBR/CVR video recording for your camera:

  • All of your camera’s previously saved video will be deleted.
  • In the Nest app and Home app, you’ll get photo snapshots of detected activity instead of recorded video.
  • Because your camera is still on, you can still receive notifications from the Nest app when your camera detects activity. When you tap on a notification, your camera’s live stream will appear.
  • You can still view your camera’s live stream anytime you want.
  1. On the home screen, choose your camera.
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Select Disable video recording.

Delete video history

  • This will permanently delete all video history for your camera in the Home app and Nest app.

  • This will not delete individual clips you have saved in the Nest app. Use the Nest app to delete saved video clips in the Nest library. You cannot delete individual video clips in the Home app.

  1. On the home screen, choose your camera.

  2. Tap Settings .

  3. Select Delete video history. You may have to scroll down to see this option.

Tap Delete to confirm.

Note: You can also delete video history in the Nest app.

Change settings in the Nest app

Even if your camera is in the Home app, you must use the Nest app to change the following settings for your camera. You can download the Nest app in the Google Play store or Apple App Store.

Home/Away Assist

When your home is set to Away, your camera turns on its video stream. This means your camera can record important activity while you’re gone and notify you if anything happens.

When your home is set to Home, your camera turns off the video stream. This means that it won’t stream or record video while you’re at home. You won’t get notifications for activity while the video stream is turned off.

  • Manually switch to Away or Home mode to turn your camera on or off when you leave or come home.
  • Choose whether each camera can switch modes automatically when you leave or come home with Home & Away Routines (Home app) or Home/Away Assist (Nest app).
  • If you don’t want your camera to switch on or off when you leave or come home, you can always choose to have it on all the time.

Notification settings

Each person with shared access to your home in the Nest app can change notifications settings individually.

  1. On the Nest app home screen, select your camera.

  2. Tap Settings Nest settings icon in the top right corner of the screen.

  3. Select Notifications. From there, you’ll be able to change different notification settings.

Learn about notifications and camera alerts

Activity Zones

Create Activity Zones to get alerts about important activity in marked zones in your camera’s view.

 

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