How to interpret the timestamp in filename in downloaded files


I had to, one at a time :-(, to download 543 videos, not I need to be able to label to file names correctly.

i.e. the downloaded file from Ring:


How do I translate the filename to a proper yyyyMMddhhmmss name?


Hey there, @MichaelGaarde. Although it sounds like you’ve already downloaded the files you need, this can be done automatically, on certain operating systems, with the Ring app. When downloading from an IOS mobile device or via web browser, these file names are not formatted. If you have an Android mobile device or a Mac OSX computer, downloading videos from the Ring app on these devices will automatically name the file with date/ time.

As we value our neighbours’ feedback, we’ve created a Feature Request board. If you see this as being useful on all platforms, feel free to request it there. This will allow other neighbors to comment and add interest, all in one place, so we can share it with our teams here. :slight_smile:


I’d like to reiterate this question:

Your response explains options for downloading them. But I have *already* downloaded hundreds of videos, only to realize there’s no metadata at all, and the filenames seem to be random.

So, the original question is, how can we interpret the filenames? Are they some funky format taht we can interpret into the video’s original time and date?

I mean, Ring certainly knows how useless this is for archival/record-keeping to have hundreds of surveillance cam videos with no way to navigate them by time/date. Right?