Recording Videos and Taking Screenshots Now Possible in Gear VR
Taking screenshots has been a very strong and helpful feature of smartphones, but enjoying such was impossible with Gear VR before. Well, not anymore. Thanks to the latest update 1.17.7, recording videos and taking screenshots in Gear VR is now a piece of cake.
Screenshots are 2D and can’t adequately document one’s experience using a Gear VR, so maybe capture view should be the right word to use.
Recording Videos and Taking Screenshots in Gear VR
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Before the feature was introduced, the only way to take screenshots was by installing third-party apps, but now, the new update saves you the hassle of downloading other applications. Capture tools can be found in the utilities section of the universal menu, which can be accessed by holding the back button. The update is available to Android 5.0 lollipop users.
The screenshots have the mediocre 1024 x 1024 image size for now, so this tool might not come in handy for those who need higher-quality captures. But at least it’s a partial solution for a low-cost VR headset. Users should not worry, this is just the first of the many features to come that will help users with recording videos and taking screenshots in Gear VR. It can only get better.
The video capture option is trickier to use than the screenshot option, there are some points to bear in mind.
- There is no recording indicator unlike the screenshot function no icon to indicate whether it is still recording videos or not.
- One can’t minimize the screen while recording a video. The user can’t exit an app, start a new one, or reopen the universal menu. Opening multiple applications while recording can’t be done.
- There is no audio capture during video recording. A 3.5 mm male-to-male audio cable is needed, which can be used with software like Audacity on PC to produce high-quality audio. Another alternative is to use an external mic to record audio from the phone speaker, although the quality of the recording will be low. And after all that, there is the need to sync the audio with the video, which could be cumbersome.
- You can’t stream while recording. Streaming sites like Netflix and Oculus Video will block the use of capture functions.
But you can trust that the video quality is good and frame rates are consistent.
Technically, this isn’t an entirely new feature as developers have gotten their hands on it for quite some time now, not to mention people have been waiting for it for a very long time. It’s worth mentioning that videos are also in 1024 x 1024 resolution, just like screenshots, and in mp4 format.
Although the video recording function has a lot of flaws, using them still proves to be more convenient than downloading third-party recording apps.
The problem with telling others about VR without an actual headset still persists here. One can’t try out features without a headset, and lots of people won’t be persuaded to buy a headset without trying one out first. All that would change over time as virtual reality becomes more easily available to everyone interested in it.