Alfred

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4 Simple Tips for Better Home Surveillance Video Quality

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Alfred now records video for you when motion is detected.

If you follow us on Facebook (you really should. Just saying!), you might know that the biggest news this week is Alfred actually helped a user after an unfortunate case of burglary. Her house was broken into by three burglars, and she needed the video clips as evidence against them in court. Long story short, Alfred saved the day! The camera phone captured multiple clips of the thieves entering and exiting her house. She managed to recover the stolen property, and the police were impressed by the app. All was right in the world.

While our team of hardworking engineers can surely take some credit, the user certainly did her part. We thought we’d share 4 tips for better home surveillance video quality!

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1. Wipe Your Lenses:

This might seem laughably basic, but if you search for tutorials for better phone photography, this is often one of the first things they mention. Many people notice a declining photo/video quality the longer they’ve had their smartphones, but most of them do not realize it’s because the lenses are no longer clean. Wipe yours with a soft, clean cloth. Avoiding touching them because the grease on your fingers will result in blurry images.

2. Turn on Auto Update

Our team of brilliant engineers are constantly trying to make Alfred better. With the latest update, Alfred automatically turns on night vision when there isn’t enough light. If your Alfred is somewhere high up and you can’t be bothered to take it down for updates, remember to turn on auto update so you won’t miss out on all the great new features!

3. Gimme Some Light:

While Alfred automatically enables night vision, the golden rule of photography is to get the light right. Ambient light, be it natural daylight during daytime or motion detector lighting during nighttime, enhances photo/video quality greatly. Remember our post about burglary a little while back? Installing Alfred as well as motion detector lighting in these areas would be a great idea!

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4. Place Alfred Strategically

Make sure Alfred is positioned strategically so it has a good angle, is steady, and isn’t blinded by backlight. Experiment until you figure out the best way and place to set Alfred up. Need inspiration? Check out Alfred’s 100 Poses!

We hope it’s helpful. Do you have any tips to share? Let us know!

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9 comments on “4 Simple Tips for Better Home Surveillance Video Quality

  1. Bill
    September 19, 2015

    Why does my camera turn off some times. I check it on my phone and it tells me, “turning camera on.” But it doesn’t succeed.

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    • Alfred
      October 14, 2015

      Hi Bill, thanks for downloading Alfred and reaching out! Could you let us know which device you use for your camera? The engineers will be able to help you better that way.

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  2. labgz
    October 1, 2015

    Super OK

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    • Alfred
      October 14, 2015

      Thank you! We are glad to hear you love Alfred!

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  3. Luis ortega
    October 5, 2015

    This is amaizing

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  4. katie
    October 10, 2015

    Why my camera went to not connected ,…

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    • Alfred
      October 14, 2015

      Hi Katie, thanks for downloading Alfred and reaching out! Does this happen often? If so, could you send us an email (support at my-alfred.com) with the Gmail address you use? Our engineers will look into it for you!

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  5. Jake
    November 15, 2015

    Hi, this is great app. My only issue with the app is the resolution. It is a bit too low, & the compression high, so the video quality is not as good as in some other camera apps.

    Unless an intruder is very close to the camera (like your example above) then the footage might not be usable in court or by the police. There are minimum standards for CCTV video used as evidence based on the distance of the subject/person from the camera and the resolution.

    Sometimes better video quality is more important than high frame rates. I hope you can improve the resolution or provide more video quality options in the app.

    Thanks.

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