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is there a way to record a video just like if I would record with a normal camera app but with the difference, that I can observe the image on the PC? I've tried IP webcam and droidcam, but both created videos with very bad quality compared to normal camera recording, I guess due to streaming limits. But streaming is not my aim, I just would like to have a preview and then simply start recording locally to the phone.

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scrcpy is a free/open source project which allows you to mirror the Android device and control it from the Windows/MacOS/Linux. It does require the device to be Android 5.0+, and have adb developer debugging enabled.

Once running I was able to with a Pixel 2 and a MacBook Air:

  • See the Pixel 2 screen on the MacBook Air screen
  • Scroll on the Pixel 2
  • Click on the camera app
  • Switch to video recording in the camera app
  • Click record
  • Click stop recording

without touching the phone.

You would still need to get the video off the phone but the video quality is of the native camera app.

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