I am trying to take a screen capture of my android phone when it plays a video, with native resolution and minimum overhead. But when I use Android Studio's record option as seen below, the recorded video shows frame drops compared to the actual video seen on the device. I guess it's because device is already at high-performance and can't keep up with this request especially that Android Studio is also showing the video here.

Is there a way to do any better? Can we do it directly with Android SDK through CLI maybe that way there will be less overhead and we'll get a better video recording? Or alternatively, any apps could do it?

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As always what you trying to record does depend on what hardware you using and what app(s) you are running on the device at the same time (i.e. play a video). So trying to capture a 1:1 video of the screen in 30/60+ fps may not be possible.

A. Using only adb you can follow How to do screen record on android without apps? which while an older answer the Android Developer adb page link is still valid.

B. Similar to Android Studio's screen recording but with more features is scrcpy which is more general screen projection/control tool

C. If you have a device with Android 11 and up you may be able to record directly on the device via a Quick Settings Tile as documented: https://support.google.com/android/answer/9075928

Record your phone screen

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen.

  2. Tap Screen record .

  • You might need to swipe right to find it.
  • If it's not there, tap Edit and drag Screen record to your Quick Settings.
  1. Choose what you want to record and tap Start. The recording begins after the countdown.
  • You can choose whether to record audio and show touches on the screen before you start.
  1. To stop recording, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Screen recorder notification
  • Oh I didn't notice the phone's screen recorder, option 3. It was good! Tnx.
    – Mary
    Commented Nov 22, 2023 at 4:44

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