What is Retrigger Time?

Discover the basics of retrigger time, including how to adjust it.

Use this article to understand what Retrigger Time is and how it affects your cameras when recording motion.

The camera turns on instantly (within a fraction of a second) to record a video clip when motion is first detected. There is a delay from the end of a motion clip to the start of the camera capturing a new motion clip. This delay is known as Retrigger Time and prevents the camera from sending too many motion notifications during motion triggers. 

When you arrive home to your Armed Blink system, you can trigger a motion alert by walking past your camera. The delay between clips or retrigger time provides enough time to Disarm your system. By default, the system will capture a five second clip, and wait for the retrigger time of 30 seconds. If motion continues, the camera will capture another five second clip. This retrigger time can be adjusted under camera settings.

Each camera in your system has an individual retrigger time setting.

Adjusting the Retrigger Time

  1. Tap Device Settings next to the camera you would like to adjust and select Motion Settings.
  2. In Camera Settings, you can adjust the Retrigger time value from 10 to 60 seconds. To increase the retrigger time, move the slider to the right and to decrease the delay move the slider to the left.
    • The longer the retrigger time is set, your camera allows more time between notifying you of the next motion event it detects. This is useful if your camera views an area where motion occurs often or if you are getting false triggers.
  3. When you have this setting where you want it, tap Save.

Test your settings

After you have set your desired retrigger time, Arm your Blink system and then walk through the field of view of your adjusted camera. You will receive a motion alert on your screen. Continue to walk through the field of view of this camera for the length of your delay. You will receive a second motion alert when your system has captured another clip. If the retrigger time was too short or too long between captured clips, return to camera settings to fine tune.

False Triggers After Using Live View

If your camera is recording motion events immediately after using Live View when there isn’t any motion, here are a few troubleshooting steps you can try:

  • Note that the motion sensor detects changes in temperature in the camera field of view. Sources of heat or cold or could cause false triggers. 
  • Try moving the camera to a different location.
  • Increase the Retrigger Time to at least 15 seconds. To do this, tap Settings , and under Motion Detection, you’ll see a slider for re-trigger time. Increasing the Retrigger time allows the motion to stop before causing another motion clip. 

If you continue to see issues after these troubleshooting steps, please contact Technical Support

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