There are various app / recording software's that you get in market to record your Android device videos. But there is an inbuilt way too similar to the the backup method we saw in one of the previous posts -Kitkat official documentation -
"With the screen recording utility, you can capture video of your device screen contents and store the video as an MP4 file on the device. You can record at any device-supported resolution and bitrate you want, and the output retains the aspect ratio of the display. By default, the utility selects a resolution equal or close to the device's display resolution in the current orientation. When you are done recording, you can share the video directly from your device or pull the MP4 file to your host computer for post-production."
So now you can record your device , save it in mp4 format and share it easily. For this you will need Android SDK (ADB ) .
Note : You can also do this directly from your device but your device should be rooted for that.
Prerequisites : Android device running Android Kitkat (API 19) or higher, USB cable for debugging and machine with adb setup.
Getting Started with Recording
Connect your device to your machine having ADB setup. Ensure debugging is enabled. Next open command prompt and type -
C:\Users\athakur>adb devices List of devices attached ZX1B32P5VL device
Make sure you see your device listed as shown above. If it does not show up you may want to troubleshoot it first -
- Troubleshooting steps when Eclipse ADT does not recognize your Android device.
- Troubleshooting steps when Android device is detected but not recognized by Eclipse ADT.
- Installing Google Nexus 5 USB Drivers (for ADB)
- screenrecord filePathToMP4File
C:\Users\athakur>adb shell shell@condor_umtsds:/ $ screenrecord /sdcard/test.mp4 shell@condor_umtsds:/ $ exit C:\Users\athakur>adb pull /sdcard/test.mp4 . 3197 KB/s (2076164 bytes in 0.634s)
Note : Notice after video has been recorded I have pulled it back to my Laptop using adb pull command.
Yes it's that easy :)
You can read more about the command and it's option by executing following command -
- adb shell screenrecord --help
Attention! - Not available in Emulators
This does not work on Android Emulator's. This is a bug and does not look like is going to be fixed in near future. If you try above approach on Emulator command will fail with following Error -
ERROR: unable to create encoder input surface (err=-38) WARNING: failed at 320x480, retrying at 720x1280 ERROR: unable to create encoder input surface (err=-38)
This bug is tracked in
I created following screencast today using this method as it was required by Android course that i am doing from coursera -