Out of all the apps that require root privileges, I probably use ShootMe the most. Before today's update, it was the best and easiest way to take a screenshot anywhere in Android without hooking it up to a computer - just turn the program on, go to the screen you want to take a snapshot of, shake the device, and ShootMe snaps the picture. After today's update, however, ShootMe is no longer just a screenshot app - it's also a screencasting app. That's right, you can now use ShootMe to record videos of whatever you're doing on your Android device, up to 10 frames per second. There doesn't appear to be sound in the videos just yet, and the quality is not the greatest, but it's all likely to improve as Johan Cloetens, the app's developer, continues his work.

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In addition to the new screencasting mode, ShootMe now features a revamped user interface and 2 new abilities to trigger screenshot taking - by blocking the light sensor or shouting (these may not actually be new, but I've never noticed them until today). Update: As some of you pointed out in the comments, the above 2 were indeed not new to this version.

You can find some screenshots of the new functionality as well as a demo screencast below:

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Source: ShootMe (Screen Grabber) - Appbrain

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  • http://osireztech.blogspot.com/ Michael Malott

    Does this mean that it might move towards being a paid for app?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I don't have any comments on that - the app is still free, but it's possible that the best features in the future will be present in a premium app, for which I'll gladly pay.

  • thrik

    Those two features (blocking light sensor and shouting) aren't new, they were there previously.

    Where are videos saved? I'm having issues finding them :\

    • Shmoopty


      "ShootMe" folder.

      • thrik

        Odd how this doesn't show up in gallery... but when I open up the file in a file manager, the Movies option comes up with the Gallery icon.

        • Kane

          I use Astro, and it shows up there just fine.

        • eckirchn

          Its odd to me, also that gallery doesn't recognize the .mp4 files. Only visable in the file manager

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      In the same ShootMe directory as the screenshots.

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk artesea

    Shout and light sensor were in the last version, found them by accident last week when promoting the app to a rooted friend.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks, article updated.

  • Android Addict

    How do you take a screencast video? Can't figure it out...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Start the app and click on the top right corner, then pick Screencast. Alternatively, press Menu when you're on that Start/Stop screen, go to Preferences, and change it there.

      From what I can tell, recording currently starts immediately and stops when you go back to the app and stop it. I hope a better interface is in the works.

  • Wr3ck

    I've used this since I've had my Epic and have been WITHOUT Root Access. I know the apps dev says it requires it but mine works fine

  • Simon Belmont

    Some phones it requires root, and others it does not. It did on my Sprint HTC Hero.

    This is a nice update. I use this app a lot.

  • CoZ

    Still can not find a screen shot application that will work on a tablet. This is one of the fail Apps.

  • http://mrmaza.my Azam

    my phone hang. when set to 10 fps. reboot and change to 5 fps, it still hang...


  • manoj m c

    I have lg p 500. I want to make videos in high framerate. Screencast not support my fone.will you sujest me any other software for this purpose.