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How to enable 720p recording on the Nexus 7

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How to enable 720p recording on the Nexus 7
One of the more consistent points of disappointment for users with the Nexus 7 is that there is no rear camera. There isn't a lot to fault with Google's tablet, but this is one of the more voiced troubles. The tablet does have a front camera, but that has its limitations, at least according to the Jelly Bean software. 

Apparently, XDA developer hillbeast found that the limitation was in software only, which makes sense. The front camera is 1.2 MP and can provide HD video for Google+ Hangouts, its just video capture through the camera app that has been held back for some reason. Hillbeast has taken it to task to fix that limitation, and has been successful. Of course, the demo videos should prove why Google may not have wanted people to be recording much with a front-facing camera - it must be awkward to record scenery when the display is facing away from you.

In order to make this work, you'll need to modify "/system/etc/media_profiles.xml" with some code, as well as install a camera app to your tablet. If that doesn't sound like too much work to you, you can get the instructions and files you'll need at the source. And, below are the sample videos, the first in 720p and the second in regular 480p. 




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posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:15

1. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I wonder why they limited it... Even though it has no rear camera, you shouldn't really limit the other capabilities of your device.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:00

2. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


since it's a front facing camera which is mainly for video call use, I'd say it was to limit bandwith use.

Do you really want to see how fast you can chew an internet plan up with a 720p video call? lol.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:48 4

6. andrewlg1990 (Posts: 22; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


You heard of Wifi?

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 03:14

7. Yositokotukukita (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


As far as I know the Nexus 7 is only WiFi so not much sense in your comment about eating yout internet plan...

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 06:17

9. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I agree with remix considering a lot of internet providers cellular or not are switching to data thresholds.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:26 1

3. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I'm enjoying mine, running JB4.1.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:07

4. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Same here

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:45 2

5. andrewlg1990 (Posts: 22; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


You two must feel really special or something cause it ships with Jelly Bean 4.1 so every Nexus 7 owner has it, people these days smh

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 05:00

8. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I'm enjoying it on my Transformer Pad 300 lol.

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