The mobile surveillance app I'm working with has two modes: Live mode and Recorded mode.

Live mode streams 4 camera feeds and allows the user to control their PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) functions.

Recorded video mode is similar looking but the PTZ function is replaced with playback, speed, and date picker options

I have two ideas for switching modes:

  1. Navigation tabs that just switch the page


  1. A search icon that "pulls up" a toolbar from the bottom

Which one works better for switching between these modes? Is there a different way to switch modes that I'm not thinking of?

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  • Why do the pan/tilt controls and the playback controls appear at the video listing level in the wireframes? Should they not appear only when watching a single feed or recorded video?
    – Matt Obee
    Nov 13, 2014 at 17:18
  • PTZ wouldn't be possible during recorded video playback. But yes, it should only appear when one camera is being viewed.
    – dmacfour
    Nov 13, 2014 at 17:24
  • Option 1 is better, I would replace "Search" with "Recorded". So it will be clear for the user LIVE vs RECORDED.
    – Ades
    Feb 13, 2015 at 2:51

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I'd prefer the navigation tabs approach, but if there are just two possible modes you could simplify it by just giving the option to select the mode in which you are not positioned.

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