03
Sep
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When you stop and think about it, an app that could capture what is happening on your phone's screen in high quality mp4 format would be pretty useful. With such an app you could show off a neat new live wallpaper, make an easy to follow tutorial, or do a solid video review of an app - all without having to use a dedicated camera. Wouldn't it be sweet if such a thing existed?

Screen Cast & Screen Recorder

Well, luckily for us, that exact app was released yesterday by Media Solutions. Screen Cast & Screen Recorder (and here's the free version) is the unfortunate name of a new video capture app for Android devices that makes showing off all that mobile power stuffed in your pocket that much easier.

Note: This app requires your device to be rooted.

The concept of capturing your mobile's screen in video format is not a new one. The popular screenshot app ShootMe has had this feature for a while now, but it left something to be desired. Unlike its predecessors, Screen Cast captures video at a frame rate higher than 5 FPS (ShootMe had option for up to 20, but the video captured ended up more like 4-5 FPS), with options of 10, 15, 21, 25 and 30 FPS.

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Screen Cast comes with a number of features and options for those who need to document their actions in Android land. You can choose what frame rate you wish to record at and what quality you want the video to be. It allows you to share videos from the gallery or run a benchmark to see what the FPS will be given your current settings. There is even a section to live cast your video feed, but that is still "Under Construction".

Taking It Out For A Spin

All the features are there, but "does it work?" you ask. Check out these sample videos and judge for yourself.

Here is an overview of the app's UI. It's a pretty simple layout but it works. In the video you can see live stream, gallery, benchmark and options tabs, as well as a little sample of a live wallpaper and app drawer scroll. When the video quality is set to normal you get a very smooth recording of your standard Android functionality

Next, I put the app up against some games, starting with a slower paced one. Screen Cast handled Cut The Rope expertly when the quality was set to normal. As you can see, the video is like butter. I mean, look at that confetti!

Screen Cast also managed to do well when recording a more frantic game, such as PewPew, at normal picture quality. The frame rate was such that you could still follow the action, even with such a high pace of movement on screen.

As soon as the picture quality was cranked up a notch, the frame rate suffered pretty badly. While still discernable, and a whole lot better than some other video capture apps, the video is almost unwatchable when things start to pick up.

Poor frame rate at higher quality is to be expected though, as there is only so much data that can be stored at one time. Some other minor quibbles I had with the app included some glitches when leaving the actual app to record some other activity (you probably noticed the lag at the beginning of the videos.) There is also no audio recording functionality at this time, which is why the videos were silent.

Conclusion

While there are a couple minor issues with the app, this is without a doubt the best video capture app out on the Market today. If you have ever found yourself reviewing an app, making a video tutorial or just showing off all the cool things your phone can do, I definitely recommend you grab the full version for $2.99.

The free version is currently limited to 30 seconds of video per clip, but this way you can try out all of its features without paying a dime.

Again, remember - your device needs to be rooted for Screen Cast to work.

Zak Stinson
Zak is a neuroscience student residing in the bread basket of Canada. When not reading or writing Android news, he has been known to partake in dangerous backyard science experiments he is nowhere near qualified to perform. He also loves Thai food.

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    Looks like it's been pulled. I get a "Item Not Found" error when trying to download it on my XOOM or even go to the market page on my droid.

    • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

      It's there for me and available for my Nexus S, but it's not compatible with my ASUS Transformer. Your device just might not be supported.

      • ArrTooDeeToo

        Funny. It's in the market for the XOOM and the Droid. However, the online market says it's incompatible.

        I'd still like to sideload the free version. Might see if I can dig around for an apk.

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

          I'll get the developer here to figure out why.

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

    Still can't believe how well Screen Cast works. The videos are buttery smooth for the most part. Well worth it.

  • http://www.infectedrom.com iknowsquat

    Just grabbed it, no problem on my Evo.

  • djkoz78

    I'm assuming that this is only for Rooted Devices?

  • AndroHero

    Won't work on my xperia play. I get corrupt settings error.

  • jzaslice

    Yeah problem with the market saying incompatible. If the free apk is found to side load a link would be appreciated.

  • Media Solutions

    Screencast itself is written using NEON instructions. These instructions can only run on a processor that knows how to use them, specifically armv7 processors (Cortex 8 have the support, Cortex 9 depends on the manufacturer. Samsung includes NEON, Nvidia does not.)
    Pre-ARMv7 devices do not support NEON and will not run the app.

    The Android Market manages which devices are compatible and which are not, I have been alerted that Nookcolor is being filtered out while it shouldn't. I'll investigate and let you guys know.

  • http://www.youtube.com/iamstevenvargas steven vargas

    barcode takes me to where I can see it, but no option to download and install on my device...

  • cy_n_ic

    works great on evo 4g

  • Media Solutions

    Updated v1.0.6a is in the Market. Should fix most (if not all) of the crashes and "app installation errors" that have been reported. Also includes a fix for the playback on Droid X.

    Thank you for sending logs of issues using the in-app "Report a problem" feature. It allowed me to fix more than half a dozen bugs in a single day, so please keep them coming.

  • Derezzed

    So, someone should buy it and then pull the apk and upload it. :]

    • Simon Belmont

      Uh, that would be stealing. Why would you want to do that?

      The developers worked hard to bring this out I'm sure. I doubt that anyone here would condone that type of behavior.

  • Media Solutions

    Screenshot capability was just added. Please update to version 1.0.7.
    Screencast takes on a different approach to screen shots. No yelling or screaming, no shaking the phone or standing on one foot. When you are ready to take a screenshot, hold the "Home" button, select Screencast and then hit the "camera" button. You will see a preview of what you are taking a screenshot of as soon as you enter the Screenshot tab.

    This feature is still under development, please use the in-app issue reporting to submit an issue.