This article will answer many of the commonly asked questions concerning the differences between both the Pre-Roll and Advanced Pre-Roll functions.
What is Pre-Roll?
The Pre-Roll feature enables you to view more complete motion events. A Ring device with Pre-Roll or Advanced Pre-Roll will capture the previous few seconds before a motion event is triggered, getting the critical seconds of activity and attaching it to the event clip. This provides you with a better look at what's happening outside your door.
The chart below details the differences between the two types of Pre-Roll:
Pre-Roll - Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus and Ring Video Doorbell 4
Advanced Pre-Roll (Wired Devices)
|Pre-Roll Video Length||
Visible as a picture-in-picture in Live View when answering an alert, and at the beginning of a recorded video in the Timeline.
Visible at the beginning of a recorded video in the Timeline.
Black and White (Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus)
Color (Ring Video Doorbell 4)
|Definition||Low Definition||High Definition|
|Sound||No Sound||Full Sound|
|Low Light||Does not function||Full functionality|
What battery-powered devices include the Pre-Roll feature?
At this time, only the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus (black and white preroll) and Ring Video Doorbell 4 (color preroll), include the Pre-Roll feature.
How does Pre-Roll work?
Pre-Roll is made possible by a range of low-powered cameras embedded into the doorbell. When the feature is enabled, these low-powered cameras record up to four seconds of video in a rolling buffer on the camera’s local memory, which constantly overwrites itself automatically. When you answer a motion event or a doorbell push with Live View, the content in the buffer is made available as a picture-in-picture so you can see what preceded an event.
Is Pre-Roll always on?
No. Like most features in a Ring device, the Pre-Roll feature can be toggled on or off.
Pre-Roll is enabled by default in the Ring app, but can be toggled on and off in the “Video Settings” screen within the app.
The four seconds of Pre-Roll are in black and white. Can those videos be in color?
No. In order to conserve power, the four seconds of Pre-Roll video is recorded in black and white and low resolution.
Does the Pre-Roll video have sound?
No. In order to preserve power, the four seconds of Pre-Roll video are silent.
Is Ring Protect required to use Pre-Roll on a Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus?
No. Pre-Roll on this device works for everyone, regardless if you are subscribed to a Ring Protect Plan or not. However, if you do not subscribe to a Ring Protect Plan, you will only be able to view Pre-Roll as a picture-in-picture in Live View.
Ring Protect Plan subscribers will be able to take full advantage of the Pre-Roll feature, including seeing Pre-Roll video previews in their Ring app timeline or event history, as well as for answered motion notifications.
Is Advanced Pre-Roll always enabled?
Advanced Pre-Roll is always enabled for wired Ring devices.
Is a Ring Protect subscription needed to use Advanced Pre-Roll?
Yes. Advanced Pre-Roll enhances recordings of events, and event recording is one of the advantages to subscribing to Ring Protect.
Which wired Ring devices have Advanced Pre-Roll?
The following Ring Wired devices have Advanced Pre-Roll:
- Floodlight Cam
- Spotlight Cam Wired
- Spotlight Cam Mount
- Video Doorbell Elite
- Video Doorbell Pro
- Stick Up Cam Wired
- Stick Up Cam Elite
- Indoor Cam