If you are curious about this new technology, you might wonder, “What Is Homekit Secure Video?” In this article, we will discuss the features of Secure Videos, how it works, and who would need a security camera set up like this.
Then, we will discuss how to review the footage recorded by your Secure Video camera. You can also learn how to watch your recordings on iCloud.
What Is Homekit Secure Video?
Homekit Secure Video is a feature that allows you to record and save your home security video footage to iCloud.
It is a new way to watch your home and its contents. With it, you can see what is happening in your home in real-time. This feature was first introduced in 2019.
How Does Homekit Secure Video Work?
A typical home security camera that works with iCloud is set up so that it sends footage to the cloud. From there, it is analyzed to determine whether the motion is captured from a person, animal, or just something blowing in the wind.
With Homekit Secure Video, recording starts when motion is detected, and anyone with access to the app receives a notification and can review the video clip. Instead, this footage is analyzed on the device connected to your Homekit Hub in your home. Then, after that analysis, that video footage is encrypted and sent to iCloud on the account you set up for this.
The video footage is:
- Kept on iCloud for up to 10 days.
- Not counted towards your iCloud storage limit.
- Uses end-to-end encryption.
Also, depending on your iCloud account, you can have a single camera with the 200GB plan or up to 5 cameras with the 2TB plan.
What Do You Need To Set It Up?
There are just a few things that you need:
- A camera that supports it.
- A Homekit Hub.
- An iCloud plan.
Configuring It To Your Own Needs
This type of setup has a lot of different settings that allow you to configure it to your needs. For example:
- Automation options include when a camera detects motion, turning on an exterior light, and starting recording.
- Notification options – there are many ways that you can configure how you get notifications, what is included in the notification, etc. This feature is also supported on the Apple Watch.
- Recording options – this gives you the ability to determine when and how something triggers a video recording. It can even differentiate between seeing a person, pet/animal, or vehicle.
- Facial recognition options – you can set it up to recognize familiar faces using your photo library.
- Activity zones – you can define specific areas in the camera’s field of vision to be the “activity zones” or places where movement will trigger the recording.
Advantages Of Homekit Secure Video Over A Traditional Setup
- Very secure – since the video footage sent to the cloud is encrypted, it is kept private.
- Integrates with your current Apple devices – If you already have Apple devices, you are already good to go once you get your camera.
- Part of your iCloud plan – if you already have iCloud storage, there is no other plan you need to buy for this.
- Image processing is done on your local network – this means it will already be encrypted because it is sent to your iCloud over the web for better privacy.
- Facial recognition – it can use your iCloud’s photo library to match faces with any faces it may detect on the security camera. If it finds a facial match from your photo library, the notification will tell you that it is someone you would recognize and probably not a burglar.
- Private – no one, not even Apple, can see your recordings.
Disadvantages To Take Note Of
- No package detection – no way to get notified if a package is dropped off at your door like you would with a Ring system.
- Continuous video recording is not available.
- Limited to 1080p resolution.
- Only a 10-day recording history. However, you can manually save those clicks to your photo gallery if there are any that you want to keep.
- There is no way to temporarily mute the notifications.
How To View Homekit Secure Video
Reviewing Your iCloud Recorded Footage On Apple TV, iPhone, or Ipad app
Watching your recorded security footage is simple. All you need to do is open your app on your Apple TV, iPhone or iPad.
The calendar at the top of the screen allows you to select the day and hour of the footage you want to review. Pinch and zoom work too!
At the bottom of the screen, you can select the specific clip you want to playback.
You can also share these clips with others by tapping the share icon, choosing how you want to share it and who you want to share it with.
Who Needs A Security Camera Set Up Like This?
This setup isn’t for everyone, but if you are a bit more cautious when it comes to security, you might like this. It’s cool to actually see somebody coming to your door and for them to know that you are watching them with your security camera.
It’s cool to have a recording of somebody on your property, especially from a good angle.
If you’re worried about privacy, you’ll like this too. It might be something that can deter a burglar too!
My Favorite Homekit Enabled Camera
Logitech Circle 2
If I were to recommend one camera for this setup, it would be the Logitech Circle 2. It is ready to do everything mentioned above and more! Look at these features:
- Easy to set up.
- Advanced motion filtering.
- Smart time-lapse day briefing.
- Allows for two-way communications so you can talk to someone at your door.
- Night vision and full HD quality.
This camera comes with the camera itself, camera mount, all the cables you need, mounting hardware, and a power brick adapter. Everything you need to install it and get it up and running quickly.
There are also several accessories that you can get optionally, such as a window mount, wall outlet mount, etc.
Other Cameras That Are Homekit Compatible With Secure Video
There are several other cameras that you could choose as well:
Frequently Asked Questions
As of Jan 2022, Arlo does not work with Homekit Secure Video.
The cost of this will depend on the camera(s) you select and the iCloud plan you will use. However, if you go with the recommended setup I mentioned above, it would be less than $200 for the camera and then $1 to $3 per month for iCloud.
I hope this has helped some people decide if this is something they want to use or look for in a smart security camera. If you’ve had trouble setting this up, please let me know, and I’ll try to answer any other questions.