is it possible to record before motion is detected so you can see the whole action instead of the video where the action is already in progress? & upload motion detections to Google drive or Dropbox?
We get these questions so often that we think it is about time to tell you what we are working on at Alfred Center.
In our lab, we have several tester devices. One of them is watching over a park. Here, let me show you.
Our engineer colleagues would nickname the previous algorithm “Ghost Car” because when a car passes by, it triggers the motion detection, and Alfred starts making a video but sometimes it was too late, and the car already left the filming area.
They would say, “hey, there went a ghost car”.
We have been optimizing the algorithm to shorten the gap between trigger and video-marking. It is NOT EASY. I have to defend my colleagues. Do you know how many times when I saw my kitties making some funny movements and wanted to record that moment, only to find that I was too slow? When I grabbed my phone, opened the camera app, and focused on them, it was already toooooooo late. Of course I know motion detection technology and a dumb photographer are different, but I am really proud of them and their accomplishments.
Why doesn’t Alfred keep filming, and edit the part with motion? Yes, that will be easier for sure, but is that what we users want? That will consume more power, more computing capacity. Also, that is not aligned with our principle and philosophy. Alfred doesn’t watch all the time. It only delivers videos to your Camera device when you open the app for Live View, or sends you motion detection video alerts when movements are detected. We know that video transmission is not new, and there are old recipes we can apply to Alfred, but, ahem, we want to innovate.
As for saving videos, that is under development. Saving videos and saving to your designated location. In fact, we’d like to know your preferred way of saving videos. Please tell us more. Oh, and if you’d pay for this feature. If yes, how much?
Alfred is a free mobile app that turns your smartphones into home security cameras