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Video Tab on iOS
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Written by Ryley White
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The Video tab on iOS allows you to view your camera groups and locations:

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List and Map View

You can toggle the type of display on the Video tab with the List and Map buttons located near the top of the page:

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List view is displayed by default; tap Map view to display your locations on a real-world map (you may recieve an iOS prompt to give Solink location permissions - please ensure you provide permission to Solink when prompted):

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You can tap on your locations from Map view to navigate to your cameras for that location:

Camera Groups on iOS

You can see all previously created camera groups under the Camera Groups section from the Video tab.

Click on a camera group to see all cameras within that group:

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Shared vs Private Camera Groups

You can toggle if the group is Shared or Private.

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Shared camera groups are public - all users on your Solink account can view this group. Private camera groups can only be viewed by you (or any individual logged in as the same user on your Solink account).


Create New Camera Group / Add Camera to Camera Group

To create a new camera group on iOS, follow one of the methods outlined below. These methods also allow you to add a camera to an existing camera group:

Method 1

  1. Tap on a location from the Video tab (ensure the location you select contains a camera you want to add to a new camera group):

  2. Choose a camera from the camera list (ensure the camera you select is one you want to add to a new camera group), then swipe to the right to reveal the Groups... button:

  3. Tap the Groups... button.

  4. Tap the New Group... button.

  5. Type a name for the camera group. For example, if you are creating a camera group that contains all of your cash register cameras, you could name the camera group "Cash Registers".

  6. Tap Create to create the camera group.

See the following GIF for a demo of creating a camera group using the method described above:

Method 2

  1. From the iOS video player, tap the More Options menu (three lines in the top-right corner):

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  2. Tap the Camera groups... button:

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  3. Tap the New Group... button.

  4. Type a name for the camera group.

  5. Tap Create to create the camera group:

Rearrange Cameras in a Group

You can rearrange the order in which cameras are displayed within a camera group.

To rearrange the order of your cameras in a camera group:

  1. While viewing a camera group, select Edit.

  2. Tap and drag up or down on the three horizontal lines next to a camera.

  3. Let go when you are happy with where you want the camera to display in the list:

Note: You must be the creator of the camera group or have admin privileges to rearrange cameras in a group.

Delete Camera Group

To delete a camera group:

  1. Tap Edit in the Camera Groups section of the Video tab:

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  2. Tap the red removal symbol (minus symbol) beside the camera group you want to delete:

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  3. Tap the Delete button to confirm deletion of the camera group:

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Tap the Done button once you have successfully deleted the camera group(s).


Remove Cameras from Camera Group:

To remove a camera(s) from a camera group:

  1. While viewing a camera group, tap the Edit button:

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  2. Tap the red removal symbol (minus symbol) beside the camera group you want to delete.

  3. Tap the Delete button to confirm deletion of the camera group.

Note: You must be the creator of the camera group or have admin privileges to delete a camera group or cameras within a group.

Arm/Disarm Alarms on iOS

You can manually arm and disarm the alarm system from the Live or Video tabs in the Solink app:

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To navigate to the arm/disarm menu on iOS:

  1. Tap the Alarm Status button next to the Locations heading to view your alarm data:

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  2. Tap the "shield" icon for the location you want to arm and/or disarm:

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  3. Once you tap the shield icon, you are presented with the following options:

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See the following sections for information on how to arm and disarm.


Arm/Disarm Indefinitely

The Arm Indefinitely (24/7) and Disarm Indefinitely (Off) buttons allow you to arm or disarm the alarm system for as long as you wish.

Note: Selecting either of these buttons overrides the alarm schedule. To re-enable the alarm schedule, you must select either the Schedule, Disarm Temporarily or Arm Temporarily buttons.

  • Arm Indefinitely (24/7): Tap the 24/7 button to arm the alarm system. The alarm system remains armed until you disarm it manually or you tap the Schedule button to follow the alarm schedule.

    Note: The Arm Indefinitely (24/7) option may not be available to all users. If it is unavailable to you and you would like to learn more, please contact our Support team.

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  • Disarm Indefinitely (Off): Tap the Off button to disarm the alarm system. The alarm system remains disarmed until you arm it manually or you tap the Schedule button to follow the alarm schedule:

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Temporarily Arm or Disarm During Alarm Schedule

If you have an alarm schedule, you can choose to arm or disarm the alarm system temporarily; the alarm schedule will still begin or end during its regularly scheduled time. See the overview below to understand these actions in more detail:

  • Arm Temporarily: Tap the Arm button to override the alarm schedule and immediately arm the alarm system. The system remains armed until the alarm schedule is expected to disarm the system again:

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  • Disarm Temporarily: Tap the Disarm button to override the alarm schedule and immediately disarm the alarm system. The system remains disarmed until the alarm schedule is expected to arm the system again:

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Alarm Schedule: Arming and Disarming

Tap the Schedule button to immediately follow or resume the alarm schedule. Please note that you must have an alarm schedule first.

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Heatmap on iOS

The Heatmap feature allows you to see where motion occurs most frequently.

Rather than tracking temperature like a traditional heatmap, Solink's Heatmap feature uses similar colors to display where the most motion has occurred in a given camera. In the example below, the red areas represent high motion areas, followed by yellow and green for areas with less motion:

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You can activate the Heatmap on any of your recorded footage (not live video). To activate the Heatmap:

  1. Tap the more options button in the top-right corner (three horizontal lines).

  2. Tap Show heatmap. This activates the Heatmap.

Note: You can adjust the Heatmap time window from the iOS Settings tab. The time window determines the span of time that the heatmap captures motion from (the last hour, three hours, etc.).

Motion Search on iOS

Your cameras record video at your business non-stop; when there is something you want to look at or search for within your video footage, you may find it overwhelming to locate anything due to the sheer amount of footage available.

Motion Search allows you to identify a key area of video and then search for any interaction within that area. It can be used when something goes missing, someone uses a backdoor, or even to audit employee break times.

To initiate a motion search, tap the motion search icon in the iOS video player (ensure you are not viewing live video):

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You can conduct a motion search by drawing with your finger over the area you want to detect motion in.

The blue bars at the bottom of the video player represent motion in the area you specified and you can cycle between these instances of motion using the video player buttons:

AI motion search allows you to search the camera for only motion with a person or vehicle in the selected area. If AI motion search is enabled, you are presented with the option to toggle between a regular motion search or human/vehicle motion search when you select the motion search icon:

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For more information on AI motion search, click here.

Snapshot on iOS

You can take a "snapshot" of the view on your device screen and save it automatically to your device image gallery/library.

From the More Options menu (three horizontal lines) tap the Snapshot button to take a snapshot and save it automatically:

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The snapshot saves to your device gallery/library (different for each device/operating system). You will see a confirmation message if the snapshot saved correctly.

Save a Clip from the iOS Video Player

You can save a video clip from a certain start and end time via the Save Clip button (tap the More Options list - three horizontal lines - to access the Save Clip button):

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Once you have selected the Save Clip button, you can set the start and end time for the clip:

  1. Scroll along the timeline using your finger, then select Tap to set under Start to set the start time for the clip.

  2. Then repeat this process for End to set the end time for the clip.

  3. Select Next to navigate to the Save Clip menu.

Fill out the following information to save the clip:

  • Add Notes to the clip (optional, may help you or others understand the context of the clip later on when reviewing).

  • Enter email(s) of the recipients you want to receive this clip.

  • Choose the visibility. Public means the clip can be viewed by anyone, including non-Solink users; Private means the clip can only be shared with Solink users.

Once you have filled out the information, select Save to save the clip and share it with the desired recipients.

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Where are Clips Stored?

You can access you clips on iOS from the Events page. Tap the Clips button near the top of the Events tab to view your saved clips:

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You can also view your saved clips from the Clips page in the Solink platform.

Download Video on iOS

The Download Video button allows you to download a 2-minute clip directly to your device storage. This is different from the Save Clip feature, which allows you to save a clip directly to the Solink app.

The Download Video button is available from the More Options list - three horizontal lines. Ensure you are not viewing live video to access this button.

If you want to quickly save a 2-minute clip, tap the Download Video button:

Share Video Link on iOS

You can tap the Share video link button in the video player to retrieve a URL link to the current camera/video you are viewing. You can then share this link with another Solink user who has access to this camera - when the users clicks the link you shared, they are sent directly to the point in time on the camera/video you were viewing.

The Share video link button is helpful if you find something of interest and want another Solink user to take a look at the camera at the exact point in time you viewed the footage. This can save you a bit of time if you do not want to save a clip of the point of interest:

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The iOS save and share options appear when you tap the Share video link button. You can then select to send the link in a text message, mail, or via another app from the list:

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Configure Motion Zones on iOS

Motion zones are primarily intended for video alarm use. You can set up motion zones for your cameras to detect motion in a specified area during an alarm period.

Note: Please ensure you have set up video alarms prior to configuring motion zones on mobile. The alarm setup process can be completed in the Solink platform (browser). See Alarm Setup for more information.

To begin motion zone configuration on iOS, tap the More Options button (three horizontal lines), then select Motion zones...:


For more information on how to set up alarm motion zones on iOS, click here.

Camera Linking on iOS

Camera Linking uses AI to detect motion patterns between your cameras and automatically create buttons you can use to navigate between your nearby cameras.

This section provides an overview of how to use Camera Linking on iOS.

Note: For an overview of how to use Camera Linking in the Solink platform (browser), see the Camera Linking.

Enable Camera Linking on iOS

You can enable or disable Camera Linking from the Video player. Once enabled, any available camera links appear as an overlay in the camera view.

Tap the following icon to enable Camera Linking (reveal any available camera links):

Tap the following icon to disable Camera Linking (hide any available camera links):


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