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How to record your screen on Android 4.4 KitKat

0. phoneArena posted on 07 Nov 2013, 10:19

There's a new feature that came with Android 4.4 KitKat – screen recording – and some of us appear to be more excited about it than others. The prospect of a non-laggy, native recording with...

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posted on 07 Nov 2013, 10:58 3

1. dorianb (Posts: 612; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Cool. Step-by-step instructions for those that are technologically mediocre.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 14:58 3

5. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

None of us were born with the knowledge that we have today, we all had to learn along the way.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 17:44

18. Knowles2 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Sep 2014)

Some of us just don't like to muck around with stuff or wonder through Android documentation,so when we need to do something, nice easy to follow instructions is much appreciated, especially when I just want things to work first time after a hard day of coding, and especially when you got a schedule to meet.

So nice clear instructions that guide you through the process is very much welcome. An hopefully someone will slap together a little windows program to do it even faster in the future. .

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 11:22 1

2. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

This all seems a bit long winded. When i first read of this feature, i thought it would be along the same lines doing a screenshot. Press two buttons-> click-> done.

Now this concept seems stupid. Im disappointed Android.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 11:30 4

3. seavsea (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

It may seem stupid to you, but the practical application is that if you have a question about any given thing on android, it is now much easier for someone to create a video to show you how to use said feature. Not the most useful for people like you, i suppose, but as someone that works in the cellphone industry, who does almost exclusively tech support here in our store, this feature is awesome, especially for my smartphone class!

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 12:11 5

4. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

As I mentioned in the guide itself, it really isn't. This is just a really broken-down-to-pieces approach to it, so that even those with zero technical background can get it to work.

Once you get the hang of it it's really a matter of connecting your device, popping a command prompt and inputting a single line of code. Far less practical than firing an app, of course, but still fairly simple.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 20:44

6. razmoket13 (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

There's a mistake at step 6 regarding the command to enter :
it's not : 'adb shell screencapture /sdcard/INSERT-FILE-NAME.mp4'
but rather : 'adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/INSERT-FILE-NAME.mp4'

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 20:46

7. razmoket13 (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

Also at step 5, instead of entering just "adb" to verify that everything's OK, it much better to enter the command "adb devices". That way, you can see immediately if the device is indeed reachable (and you avoid the long useless gibberish).

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 02:15

8. abhijithkumar.nit (Posts: 47; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)

Shouldn't google have made it even more simpler? Just like taking a screenshot or something!?

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 22:37

16. miguely (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Jan 2014)

I've followed these instructions and made sure I did everything correctly, but get an error that says "unable to create video/avc codec instance". When I use a file explorer on my phone I do find the mp4 video file but it does not play. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 22:46

17. miguely (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Jan 2014)

I forgot to mention that I'm trying this on my Nexus 4

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 17:45

19. Knowles2 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Sep 2014)

Thanks for these easy to follow and accurate instructions. Much appreciated.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 03:05

20. indiannoob (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)

Would be nice if you wrote down a command to store the video on the phone memory, without needing the sdcard

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