At the moment, I am using the standard video recording app for video recording. I have found that the recording automatically stops after just 1 hour. Is this a deliberate limitation placed on the app, or is this an android limitation?

I have a 32Gb sd-card, so I don't think storage is a problem. I am using Android 2.2. I understand that this particular version of android has a 2.1Gb file size limit, but the videos I am recording are no where near 2.1Gb in file size.

So what is causing the video to stop after just one hour is my real question.

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Most video recording apps are IMHO limited to 1h non-stop recording, as you can find with a simple Google search, which is probably a safety measure to not let you run out of battery -- as video recording is the biggest consumer (see What can I do to increase battery life on my Android device?).

However, a developer can have his app overriding this limit (see Max duration for capture video on android on Stack Overflow) -- so you might just have to find a video recording app which has this setting increased (as e.g. One Eye Browser in this linked pro-version).

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    There's also a EU tax regulation that classifies devices with >=30min recording capabilities as video cameras, maybe this is also a reason here? (source on dpreview and photo.SE)
    – ce4
    Aug 28, 2012 at 12:44
  • That wouldn't explain a limit of 59:59 -- but AFAIK the Droid was limited to 29:59, which would be explained by that.
    – Izzy
    Aug 28, 2012 at 12:59

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