Along with the spreading of the Android smart phones, more and more Android applications have been published. These apps should be thoroughly tested before they appear for download in the Play Store.

When testing a mobile application, you will need to take screenshots and record a video to document the error that happened.

There are apps that can make screenshots simple and now if you have Android with Ice Cream Sandwich or above installed, screenshot option is built-in. That’s fine, but what about recording video on Android?

You can record the screen in two ways:

  • record the screen on desktop/laptop
  • record the screen directly on device

Here we will be describing the screen recording directly on the device. First of all you will need to make sure that the device is rooted before you start using screencast application.
Open the Play Store and search for “screencast” or “screen recording”. There are many apps for recording available, like Screencast Video Recorder, screencast, SCR Screen Recorder, Screen Recorder Video…
I recommend the Screencast Video Recorder. This app is not free, costs $3.99, but you can download the Demo first and try it. The demo limits the video lengths but at least it lets you give it a test run.

Using this app is very easy and simple, start the program and just tap the record button.

Start button

After you finish your recording, it’s saved as an MP4 file. You’ll find it in your gallery in a folder called Screencast.
The app has a couple of more tools besides the screen recording and screenshot taking:

  • Gallery
  • Benchmark Tester
  • Widgets and Shortcuts – available only in full version
  • Settings – here you can change the video Frame rate, video orientation, can turn on/off the audio….

Settings

Settings

Important notice:

  • ICS+ devices: Make sure HW Overlay is disabled and “Force GPU Rendering” is enabled from the device’s developer options menu

Negatives though:

  • Device must be rooted
  • Does not work on Galaxy Nexus or Tegra 2/3

It works OK, it’s easy to use, and at $3.99 it is well worth the price.

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