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How to improve video recording with your Google Nexus 4

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How to improve video recording with your Google Nexus 4
Nexus 4 might be many things, like the best value-for-money Android proposition right now, but camerawise it's not the sharpest tool in the shed, given that LG had skimped on the 13 MP unit gracing its more expensive Optimus G brother, and, overall, quality camera modules are not what LG mobiles are known with .

With a little bit of Android skills you can up the bitrate of the video recording from the Nexus 4, thus improve the quality of the footage you capture meaningfully. The mod is basically similar to what a lot of Nexus 7 users have done, and requires root access to change the files.

  • Using a file browser (like root explorer/es file explorer etc) go to the /system/etc folder
  • Make sure your system is mounted RW
  • Search for the media_profiles.xml file and open it up in any text editor
  • Once you scroll down you will see the following:


    So far, so good, this gives you 20Mbit encoding, which is much better than the 12Mbit default value, but makes the video files larger, of course, so if you are space-tight, have this in mind.

    Alternatively, you can just try a dedicated app like lgCamera from Google Play, which lets you change the bitrate, but also has many other adjustments that delve deep into the manufacturer's settings. We managed to set our office Optimus G to 60fps Full HD video recording at 20Mbit with it, for example, and you can find the app in the source link below, along with the XDA-Devs thread for manually fixing the bitrate.

    source: XDA-Devs & lgCamera (Google Play) 

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    posted on 18 Dec 2012, 09:24 4

    1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4292; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

    Thank God for flexibility (Android)...
    But i'll save this page and refer to it when i get a Nexus 4 :)

    posted on 18 Dec 2012, 10:09

    2. Rayzin (Posts: 83; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

    This camera app is sooo much better then the stock one on the Nexus 4. It gives macro shots the clarity and sharpness I've been looking for. Thanks PA

    posted on 18 Dec 2012, 10:15

    3. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

    wait it takes up more space but you can't expand memory..... no thank you

    posted on 18 Dec 2012, 10:36

    4. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

    you could just offload the videos to your computer. You dont need to store every last one of them on the phone.

    posted on 18 Dec 2012, 12:04

    5. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

    Phonearena : please do not say that optimus g takes better pictures that Nexus 4, Optimus g with 13MP camera sucks and MP do not matter that much. And Nexus 4 has a very high network speed so you can upload the pictures to Dropbox.

    posted on 18 Dec 2012, 13:33

    6. starandmountain (Posts: 53; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)

    can you guys also try something like this on the note 2?

    posted on 19 Dec 2012, 09:52

    7. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

    can i just get this phone ship to my place alrdy!! been waiting for lk 4 weeks alrdy

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