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30 Mar 2016

=No Root=

Google has this positively obnoxious practice of making great features, but keeping them accessible just for developers and never easily discoverable for normal users. By way of example, it took Google around three many years to make screenshots on Android not completely tedious. Now we're a likewise awkward stage with screen recording on Android 4.4. There are numerous reasons you should build a video of what is happening on your own phone's display (there's this nice little site called YouTube you might have heard of), but Google isn't so that it is particularly easy. At least you can do it now, right? Why don't we get you able to record.

The official method

All phones and tablets on Android 4.4 be capable of create and save screen recordings as .mp4 videos, however, you first should get using the ADB developer tools. We have a complete guide regarding how to get ADB working, so I won't go into detail there. Just plug in your device using a USB cable and get your ADB console up. Possibly the device appear when you enter adb devices within the command prompt (or terminal), it is time to start recording.

Principle command for screen recording is: adb shell screenrecord. You'll add onto which a file path and name like /sdcard/movie.mp4. This begins screen recording immediately if you press enter. The limit of those videos is definitely 180 seconds (3 minutes), but you can pun intended, the recording whenever you want by pressing ctrl+c in the ADB console. The recording is going to be in the device's native resolution and 4Mbps. One major drawback: you do not get audio with all the video.

These unmodified videos look okay, however, you can do better by incorporating ADB command modifiers. Using --bit-rate lets you specify a higher or lower quality in kilobits, so entering adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/movie.mp4 --bit-rate 8000000 gets a very crisp 8Mbps video. You can also use --size <width x height> to alter the resolution of the video. You'll be able to probably discover why it is a developer tool.

The main way

Paradoxically, if you have went through the sometimes complicated means of rooting your device, going for a screen recording actually gets easier. A few number of apps that may trigger the native screen recording functionality without messing around in a command line. You will get with additional control over settings, and the device needn't be tethered to a computer.

Rec is one of the best root-required screen recorders given it includes a slick, easy-to-use interface and very reliable. You can set the bitrate, stop recordings by shaking these devices, and automatically toggle "Show touchpoints" for each and every video. This app can blend audio captured from the microphone, and not internal audio.

A far more advanced option, but one that tends to be a great deal less user-friendly, is SCR. This app offers you control of bitrate, resolution, and all sorts of other stuff, but it may also record the audio with the system level. Both SCR and Rec are much better than past root screen recorders as they are plugging right into a native Android tool, even if they require root to make it happen.

Even if you do not have root, you may make attractive looking videos in minutes, when investing in the kinks solved.

Now, if perhaps Google would make screen recording a simple user-accessible feature of the next Android release...

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