CameraClipPreview Schema

Nest Doorbell (battery) Nest Doorbell (wired) 


This trait belongs to any device that supports the download of a clip preview.


There are no fields available for this trait.


There are no commands available for this trait.



A video clip is available for preview.

A clip preview is a 10 frame video file in mp4 format. You can choose to show the mp4 video file, or transcode it to another format (for example, an animated gif) in order to show a complete 10 frame sequence. The device client capabilities should be considered when selecting a clip preview method.

This event is supported for the following events:

Type Element Description
Event Motion event of the CameraMotion trait Motion has been detected by the camera.
Event Person event of the CameraPerson trait A person has been detected by the camera.
Event Chime event of the DoorbellChime trait The doorbell has been pressed.
Use the eventSessionId to associate this event and the related previewUrl with one or more supported events.

ClipPreview event


  "eventId" : "62474a00-2f39-49aa-baf4-05d7c0d89cb7",
"timestamp" : "2019-01-01T00:00:01Z",
"resourceUpdate" : { "name" : "enterprises/project-id/devices/device-id", "events" : { "" : { "eventSessionId" : "CjY5Y3VKaTZwR3o4Y19YbTVfMF...", "previewUrl" : "https://previewUrl/..." } } } "userId" : "AVPHwEuBfnPOnTqzVFT4IONX2Qqhu9EJ4ubO-bNnQ-yi",
"resourceGroup" : [ "enterprises/project-id/devices/device-id" ] }

ClipPreview event fields

Field Description Data Type
eventSessionId An ID given to events occurring as part of a single session of related events. May be used for consolidating events. string
Example: "CjY5Y3VKaTZwR3o4Y19YbTVfMF..."
previewUrl The URL at which to preview the video clip. The default video codec is H264. string
Example: "https://previewUrl/..."

Event payload fields

Field Description Data Type
eventId The unique identifier for the event. string
Example: "62474a00-2f39-49aa-baf4-05d7c0d89cb7"
timestamp The time when the event occurred. string
Example: "2019-01-01T00:00:01Z"
resourceUpdate An object that details information about the resource update. object
userId A unique, obfuscated identifier that represents the user. string
Example: "AVPHwEuBfnPOnTqzVFT4IONX2Qqhu9EJ4ubO-bNnQ-yi"
resourceGroup An object that indicates resources that might have similar updates to this event. The resource of the event itself (from the resourceUpdate object) will always be present in this object. object

See Events for more information on the different types of events and how they work.

Preview the clip

To preview the clip, make a GET call to the previewUrl using the OAuth access token in the HTTP Authorization header:


curl -H 'Authorization: Bearer access-token' \


See the API Error Code Reference for the full list of API error codes.