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Search View



The Search view displays the video taken by your camera(s) that contain moving objects. You can filter by camera and/or object, or you can create more sophisticated searches.



The Basics

The search list (5) displays the video clips that match the selected camera (3) and object or rule filters (4). The list contains videos recorded on the date displayed above the list. Click the arrow icons to change days, or click on the date to show a calendar for selecting a specific day.

Selecting a camera from the camera list (3) will filter the list to display only clips taken by that camera.

The quick search filter (4) are useful for paring down what clips are displayed. This list contains:


  • Object type filters (All objects, People or Unknown). The default selection is All objects, which means all moving objects that were recorded are displayed in the search list (5). If you select People or Unknown objects, only clips with those object types are displayed.
  • Rules. The rules created for the selected camera (described in the Monitor view section) are displayed here. For example, if you click on the rule "People entering the stock room," only clips triggered by that rule are displayed. You can add new rules or edit existing rules by clicking the buttons below the quick search filter list (4). Icons are displayed for rules that have associated responses (such as send an email or record when triggered). This is to alert you that editing the rule will change what is recorded or what notifications are sent
  • If you are looking at the current day's videos, you can manually refresh the list by clicking the refresh icon on the top right corner of the list
  • Click on an item in the search list (5) to play it in the video pane (6). Yellow boxes are drawn around objects recognized as people. All other objects have green boxes drawn around them.
  • Press the space bar to toggle between play and pause (other keyboard shortcuts are described below). Or use the playback slider (7) and buttons (8) on the right to review the video. The dark blue marks in the playback bar indicate when objects appear or rules are triggered (e.g., when someone walks in a door).
  • A video clip timeline (9) below the playback buttons displays a representation of all video taken during the selected day, with a red bar indicating the time of the currently selected clip.
  • Blue bars represent the clips in the search list (5).
  • Light green represents all other recorded video. For example, if you change the quick search filter (4) from All objects to only People, clips that don't contain people will be shown in the time bar as green.
  • You can click in the bar to jump to a time, or even drag the red line to see something like a time-lapse view of your day.
  • A large block of green is also seen on the current and previous day. This is because all video is kept up for some period of time as a backup (up to 48 hours, unless you changed this setting), regardless of whether any rules were set to record. For details, see Managing your video. Note that clips matching the current search appear as blue blocks in the timeline, even if they are not associated with any recording rules. In these cases, the text "Not recorded from a rule" is displayed in the search list.


Details and advanced features

Arming and turning off multiple cameras (Basic, Home and Pro Editions only)


This feature is described in the Monitor view section.

​Search list

Creating and editing rules

  • You can create rules with very specific search criteria, such as people who walk in a door that is in a location you specify. You can save these searches for later use, and edit them on the fly to quickly filter down large collections of video.
  • Create new event rules by clicking the "+" button. The "-" button deletes the selected saved search.
  • The Edit and Duplicate buttons let you modify and copy searches, respectively. Search criteria are edited in the Rule Editor.


Exporting clips

  • Click a clip and select Export... from the Tools menu to save a copy of the clip. This is useful because old clips are automatically deleted when the allocated disk space is filled.
  • You can select multiple clips by pressing Control + click on Windows or Command + click on Mac OS (to add clips to the selected group) or shift + click (to select all clips between two clips).
  • To select all clips in the list, select Tools > Select All Clips.


Sighthound Video allows users to customize export videos. Some of these features include:


  •  Bulk exporting of all clips within a time range
    • If an event happened to one of your cameras and you want to merge a few clips together, you are able to export all clips within a time range. This will create one video of the combined clips within that time range.
  • Export a clip as a GIF
    • Export a single-frame JPEG image
      • If you click on a clip in Search View, you can watch the videos of all of your Temporary and Saved videos. At anytime, you can double click the video player and export any frame from that video as a JPEG.
    • Control the size and encoding quality of exports
      • You have the ability to adjust the FPS and resolution of exported videos.

Deleting clips


  • Click a clip and select Delete... from the Tools menu (or press the Delete key) to delete the clip. This presents a dialog that gives you two options:​
    • Quick delete. This deletes the category labels associated with the objects, so you will no longer be able to search for the clip or see it in your list of clips. But it does not delete the video. This is convenient if you simply want to clean up your list of clips.​
    • Permanently delete. This action deletes all of the video displayed in the clip, and therefore takes longer to process (particularly if you have many clips selected). This is useful if you want to make sure that video is not seen again.

  • You can select multiple clips by pressing Control + click on Windows or Command + click on Mac OS (to add clips to the selected group) or shift + click (to select all clips between two clips).
  • To select all clips in the list, select Tools > Select All Clips.
  • In addition, if you select Tools > Remove Camera..., you can remove a camera and have the option to delete all clips associated with the camera.
    • If you choose to remove a camera but not deleted associated video clips or rules, the camera remains in the list displayed as "inactive."
    • Note that the Remove Camera command is grayed out if you have "Any Camera" selected in the Camera drop-down list.


Playback and timeline


  • Click the number to the right of the playback bar (7) to toggle between displaying the remaining time and the duration of the selected clip.
  • The playback buttons and associated keyboard shortcuts are, from left to right:
    • Previous clip (up arrow). Selects the clip before the currently viewed clip. If you are in play mode, it starts to play. If you are in pause mode, it stays paused.
    • - 2 seconds (shift + left arrow). Moves back two seconds in the video clip, and stays in the same mode (play or pause).
    • Previous frame (left arrow). Moves back one frame, and pauses the video.
    • Play/pause. (space bar). Click to switch between Play and Pause. When you've finished playing a clip, the button switches to pause mode. Clicking again starts playing the next clip (or the video "cache" between clips if there is any).
    • Next frame (right arrow). Moves forward one frame, and pauses the video.
    • + 2 seconds (shift + right arrow). Moves forward two seconds in the video clip, and stays in the same mode (play or pause).
    • Next clip (down arrow). Selects the clip after the currently viewed clip, and stays in the same mode (play or pause)
    • Continuous Playback (C). Auto-progress through a given search, allowing you to sit back and watch through the day's events without interaction. See this article for more details.
    • Mute Audio Mute and unmute audio playback for clips that contain audio.


  • Below the playback buttons is a row playback speeds, from 1/2 speed to 3x speed. Click to change the speed of the video played in the video pane.
  • You can click in the light green area in the timeline to play the video at that time point.
  • As described above, the blue segments of the timeline represent the clips currently displayed in the list, and the green segments represents recorded video that is not in the currently selected clips. For example, if you have filtered the search list to show only people in a region, video of people outside of the region is displayed in green.
  • If you reach the end of a clip that borders on a light green video area, the Play button switches to pause mode. Clicking it again starts to play the video in the green area between clips.
  • You can hide the daily timeline by unchecking Show Daily Timeline in the Help menu.


Video pane


There are options under the View menu for how the boxes around the detected objects are displayed.


  • Show boxes. If you uncheck this option, no boxes will be shown in the large video pane. You still will see boxes in the thumbnails of the clips in the search list, however.
  • Show different color boxes. This option is only available if the "Show boxes" option is selected. If you uncheck this option, all boxes are displayed in blue rather than displaying yellow for people and green for other objects. This option simply reduces the visual clutter on the screen.
  • Show region zones. If you set up a rule with a region, door or boundary, this option displays the region or boundary in red, as well as the center and bottom center of the moving object. This helps you understand why clips are included in your region rules. In the example below, you can see that the center point of the person is within the red region drawn around the mailbox.


Keyboard shortcuts

Note that these keyboard shortcuts can be accessed in the Control menu.


  • Space = switch between play and pause
  • Up/down = select previous/next clip in list
  • Left/right = previous/next frame. Tip: pressing and holding advances and accelerates playback speed.
  • Shift + left/right = go back/forwards 2 seconds
  • Shift + up/down = select top/bottom clip in list.
  • Control + left/right (Command + left/right on Mac OS) = go to previous/next triggered event (blue mark in the playback bar) or beginning/end of clip
  • Control + up/down (Command + up/down on Mac OS) = goes to previous/next day of clips.
  • Enter = replay from the first dark blue mark
  • Control + A (Command + A on Mac OS) = select all clips (for quick deletion).
  • Alt + 0 = Set playback speed to 1/2x
  • Alt + 1 = Set playback speed to 1x
  • Alt + 2 = Set playback speed to 2x
  • Alt + 3 = Set playback speed to 3x
  • C = Continuous Playback. Auto-progress through search results.
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