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How to Record a Clip or Capture Nest Cam Video

Last Updated Dec 1, 2021
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Nest Cam is making it easier than ever to record clips and videos, two things that are essential operations for any Smart Home, or aspiring Smart Home. Nest Cams are great for both indoor and outdoor use, so you can keep an eye on what’s happening in and around your home.

Up next, we’ll share the steps you need to follow in order to record a clip or capture Nest Cam video with your phone and a PC. Both are viable options. We also have answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding capturing Nest Cam videos. Just keep reading for all you need to know on how to record a clip or capture Nest Cam video.

How to Record a Clip or Capture Nest Cam Video

You can create a clip using either your phone or your computer. Clips can last up to an hour on your computer and last 2 minutes maximum on your phone.

Before you begin, note that a subscription to Nest Aware is a must. Nest Aware recently updated its plans, making them even more affordable than before. It’s also worth noting that only clips created using the Nest application can be downloaded to your phone.

Using Your Phone

If you’d like to use your phone to record a clip or capture Nest Cam video, follow these steps:

  1. Select your camera in the Nest app.
  2. Go through the history of your camera.
  3. While the video is playing, press and to start the video, hold New Clip and then let go to stop it.
  4. Select Save to save the video to your phone.

Using Your PC

To use your PC to record a clip or capture Nest Cam video, follow these steps:

  1. Select your camera from the Nest site.
  2. Select Clips right at the bottom.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Create Clip.
  4. Drag the sliders to choose the length of your clip.
  5. Give your clip a name and save it.

Does Nest Capture Video?

For a maximum of 30 days, Nest Cam can record indefinitely for free. The videos will be automatically removed after 30 days.

Nest cameras can record video streams indefinitely (with or without events) and upload them to the cloud. Users can review a maximum video recording history of 30 days using the Nest app.

Can I Save Net Cam Videos Locally?

Your videos are frequently uploaded to the cloud via secure Wi-Fi, but you must have working Wi-Fi and Nest service for this to happen.

Suppose your Nest Cam loses Wi-Fi or electricity. In that case, it will record directly to its internal memory before synchronizing the video with the cloud once you reconnect to Wi-Fi.

Google Nest Cams can record locally. While uploading to the cloud requires a subscription to Nest Aware, all Nest camera models can record event-based or motion-activated video locally without one. The videos will be available for three hours after the event has ended.

Can you Record Nest Cam Without a Subscription?

You can only view three hours of snapshots of previous recordings if you use your Nest Cam without a subscription to Nest aware. Nest is offering Nest Cam owners a 30-day trial of Nest Aware for the first time. You’ll need Nest Aware to use your camera without the device’s 10-day recording limit. New features, such as 24-hour recording and ten days of continuous recording, are available with Nest Aware.

In the absence of a subscription to Nest Aware, you still have access to live video feeds from your nest cameras. Nothing is saved after 3 hours, and even static images are erased. If you cannot communicate for more than a few hours, your Nest device may become inoperable without the Aware subscription.

Nest has also introduced the Nest Aware Plus monitoring service, which offers the same benefit but with a more expanded view of video history. With Nest aware plus, which begins at $12/month, you get up to 10 days of round-the-clock video and event recordings for 60 days.

Can I Watch My Nest Camera on My Computer?

You can view your Nest Cam on a computer. Connect your computer to the internet, open your browser, and log into the Google Nest website, then open the live feed. Nest devices can be connected to a computer and viewed with the Nest Aware and Nest Hello applications.

If you’re a subscriber to Nest Aware, the video history of your Nest camera will automatically be saved, and a cloud-based version of this can be viewed. You can view the video history of your Nest camera on your computer, tablet, or phone.

Log in to your Nest account and choose a camera to view a computer’s video history with a subscription to Nest aware. On a computer, the video history on your camera’s timeline of events will appear at the screen bottom, allowing you to search through your recorded video for relevant events.

Final Thoughts

With the Nest cCm, you can continuously record activity in your home or office while you are not present, allowing you to capture and record the event as it happens. Keeping your home secure while you sleep or away from the house is essential for your security.