I have been using the Blink Camera for my home security purposes for a while now. Recently, while reviewing the recorded events, I noticed that the playback is running too fast.
Are you also experiencing this issue? After scouring the internet for an unreasonable amount of time, I've compiled a list of checks and troubleshooting methods that you can do to correct this issue.
If your Blink Camera is recording too fast, check and adjust the retrigger time, adjust the Blink Camera motion detection sensitivity, and increase the clip length for more footage. Adjust the Nightvision IR intensity for issues with nighttime event playback. Disabling photo capture to negate fast clip playbacks could also help.
Keep reading to know more about how to fix the said issue:
Check and Adjust the Retrigger Time
What is retrigger time? Retrigger time is the programmed delay induced between successive motion clips.
This is a programmable delay that is put in place to avoid too many motion alerts during motion triggers.
When a motion is detected, the camera turns on within a fraction of a second and starts recording.
Once the recording is completed, the Camera will disarm and wait for the retrigger time, and if the activity continues after this period, it will start to capture another recording.
Retrigger time is indeed one of the best settings on a Blink Camera, especially if you want to avoid false alerts. But at the same time, it can a boon.
The default Retrigger interval for Blink Camera is 30 seconds.
Each Blink Camera has an individual retrigger time setting. You can try adjusting the retrigger time and check if the issue has been resolved.
To configure retrigger time, follow the steps below:
1. Tap on the 'Settings' slider next to the Blink Camera in the Blink App.
2. Scroll down to the Motion Settings tab and select the 'Retrigger time' tile to adjust it anywhere from 10 to 60 seconds. To increase, move the slider to the right, and to decrease move the slider to the left.
3. Once set, tap on 'Save' or go back to the Homescreen.
To check the change in configuration, go to the Home screen> Arm the Blink system> trigger a motion event in the field of view of the Camera.
You will receive a motion alert. Continue the motion trigger for the duration of the set delay. You should receive a second motion alert when your Blink Camera has captured another clip.
Change the retrigger time according to your needs and check if the playback is at the speed it should be.
Adjust the Blink Camera Motion Detection Sensitivity
A potential aspect that could be interfering with your playback speed is the motion detection sensitivity. Adjust the motion detection sensitivity to check if it solves the playback issue.
Blink Camera motion detection works based on the amount of movement and the size of the Infrared signal (heat signature) across the Camera's field of view.
Adjusting the sensitivity setting adjusts the amount of input that the Camera requires to initiate a recording and send you a notification.
Low sensitivity will correspond to lower responsiveness. As a result, a large amount of heat and motion will be required to initiate a recording and notification. By contrast, the highest setting may make the Blink Camera trigger continuously, even from shadows and rustling leaves.
Each Blink Camera has its own sensitivity setting that can be changed in the Camera setting in the Blink App. To adjust the Blink Camera motion detection sensitivity, follow the steps below:
- Open the Blink App and tap on 'Settings' next to the Camera in the Blink App.
- Scroll down to the 'Motion Sensitivity' tile under Motion Settings, and move the slider to the left for Low sensitivity and to the right for Higher sensitivity.
- Tap on 'Save' to confirm the change in configuration.
Find the right sensitivity for your Blink Camera by carefully testing out various motion activities through the live view tab of your Camera.
Increase the Clip Length for More Footage
When the playback is sped up, the clip length often differs. You can try and set a fixed clip length to fix the playback issue.
Usually, Blink Cameras can record clips of varying lengths from 5 seconds to 60 seconds. In the case of Blink Mini, a maximum of 30 seconds clip length is allowed.
If you find that your clips are ending earlier than the set clip length, you can disable the End Clip Early feature.
This feature is designed to end the recording once the motion activity has moved out of the field of view of the Blink Camera. This feature is enabled by default in all Blink Cameras.
To change the clip length of your recordings, follow the steps below:
- Open the Blink App and navigate to 'Settings'.
- Find the 'Motion Clip Length' within the Video and Photo Settings tab.
- Move the slider to the right to increase the recording time or to the left to decrease the recording time.
- Once you have chosen your preferred clip length, tap on 'Save'.
To disable the End Clip Early feature, follow the steps below:
- Open the Blink App and navigate to 'Settings'.
- Scroll down to find 'Motion Detection' and tap on the 'End Clip Early if Motion Stops' option in the list.
- Toggle the feature Off and tap on 'Save'.
Test your Camera functionality to check if the playback issue has been resolved.
Configure the IR Intensity For Better Night Time Recording and Detection
You need to make sure that the IR intensity setting on your Blink Camera is set to the ideal settings if you have a playback issue at night.
Blink Camera employs Infrared light to capture nighttime footage. Depending on the quality of the footage and the sensitivity of detection, you can change the IR intensity setting.
To change the IR intensity settings, follow the steps below:
- Tap on the 'Settings' icon next to the Camera in question in the Blink App
- Navigate the Video and Photo Settings screen to find 'IR Intensitiy'.
- Turn IR LED ON - IR LED will always be on and all clips will be in Black and White.
- Turn IR LED OFF - IR LED is never on, the nighttime footage will be completely dark.
- Set IR LED to automatic - When visible light is low, IR turns on automatically.
- You can adjust the IR intensity between low, medium, and high depending on the sensitivity level you want at night time.
Disable Photo Capture to Negate Fast Clip Playbacks
The Photo Capture feature creates a timelapse-like clip that will seem like a fast-forward version of your regular feed.
If you have an active Blink Subscription plan or are within your free subscription trial, and have set Photo Capture to active, then your Camera takes a photo every hour while the system is 'Armed'.
These individual Photo Capture images are converted into a short video clip that you can view in the Blink App.
You can try disabling the Photo capture feature that comes with Blink Subscription or the free trial to negate fast clip playbacks.
The Photo Capture feature is available in all Blink Cameras except for the Mini, XT2, XT, or Indoor (gen1) cameras.
If there are no motion detections, Live View, or doorbell events during this 24-hour period, the captured images are converted into a short clip that is available for viewing in the Blink App.
If there is motion detection, Live View, or doorbell event, all photo capture images taken up to that point are converted to your clip list and the new event is processed.
The event that triggered a recording is given priority over the photo capture clip, as a result, you might see the clip from the event first and subsequently the photo capture clip.
To disable the Photo Capture feature, follow the steps below:
- Open the Blink App and access the Camera Settings screen.
- Toggle OFF Photo Capture from the Video and Photo Settings tab.
- Tap on 'Save' and return to the Home screen.
Trigger a motion event and check the recording to see if this has resolved the playback issue.
Blink Cameras have relatively short clip lengths when compared with other security Cameras in the same segment but costs subsequently lesser than the competition.
If you have trouble solving the playback issue even after trying every troubleshooting method in this article, then you should contact Blink support.
You can call or raise a ticket to notify the support team of your issue. A description of all the troubleshooting methods that you have already attempted might be useful as well.
You can also try connecting the Blink Camera to a different network (preferably one that is faster), as this seems to solve the issue for some Blink users.
Hope this article has helped to resolve your issue.
Have a great day!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Blink Cameras record constantly?
No, Blink Cameras do not offer continuous recording. However, you can arm the system for any interval of time.
Do Blink cameras report to the police?
When armed, Blink Cameras can turn on, on their own and record clips based on motion triggers, and send a notification to your compatible mobile device. The Cameras or Blink will not contact local authorities. It is up to the user to watch the clip and decide whether the footage warrants further action.
How far away does Blink record?
All Blink Cameras can be triggered by events in an approximate motion detection range of 20 feet. However, factors like sensitivity settings, camera placement, size of the object triggering the event, and IR sensitivity can influence motion detection.
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