One thing I’ve been wanting to do recently is start creating Android app game play videos, and to be honest it hasn’t been easy.
There are several ways Android users can create recordings of their device, some of which require rooting, others do not. One of the many methods I’ve tried is the non root method.
First make sure your phone has the USB Debugging option checked, you can find that in either Settings>Applications or on later Android OS versions, in Settings>Development. Next download and install the Android SDK on your PC along with [email protected]
Once you’ve installed both of the above, open up [email protected] and locate your adb.exe and voila, you should be able to see your Android screen on your PC. From here it’s up to you what PC screen recorder you use to record your Android screen in action.
This method did work for me, but the only issue was that the frame rate was really poor at like 25 fps or something. I also tried many other programs like [email protected], some worked a little better than others but the frame rate was still bad.
My next option was to look for actual Android apps to do the job and there wasn’t many.
I tried both the Z – Screen Recorder and Screen Cast Video Recorder demo’s (both require rooted devices) and for me on my Galaxy Note, Screencast was the best of a bad bunch.
I paid up the hefty £3.50 price tag, downloaded it and started using it right away, the app comes with a neat Benchmark option so you can test what frame rate your device can handle and in the settings you can tweak the options to suite your needs.
At first I went with the benchmark recommendation of 20fps, I did a quick recording of a game and found that it was jumpy as hell – oh and there was no sound. Back to the settings I go, I put the resolution up High, set the fps to 40 and checked the record audio radio check box.
I go back to the game, record a little, and check the recording – the sound was being recorded via the mic (which it does say), plus the video still wasn’t as good as I’d have liked.
I can understand the limitations that an Android app can have due to the huge range of handsets available, but for £3.50 I’d expect not only decent functionality, but the ability to record the in game audio. But hey, I’m not a developer so I don’t know the in’s and out’s of the Android OS.
Overall it is the best screencast app for Android, but it does need some work and perhaps a lower price.
If you want to try Screencast Video Recorder for yourself you can get it on Google Play.
Please bare in mind that this is based off of my experience with the app running on a Samsung Galaxy Note (N7000) recording a 3D heavy racing game. From the many reviews on the Google Play store, it looks as if it runs great on other handsets, so I recommend trying the app for yourself before using this review to influence your opinion.