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My question is similar, but not identical to this one. Essentially I'd like to record videos of unlimited length on my android device(s) - that prior question seems to deal with a technical limitation: max filesize for FAT32. My issue is with an arbitrary limitation: the GNex uses EXT4 so max filesize isn't a reason to cut off my recordings at 30 minutes so I can only assume that this limit must be hard-coded into either the camera app or Android itself.

I understand that for many users you need to do some hand-holding and keep them from sucking down battery life, but I intend to record on a tripod while plugged in so none of that really matters to me. I'm also aware of an antiquated tax act in parts of Europe that heavily taxes devices that can record for > 30 minutes as "video recording devices" but I don't live in Europe and don't want to be limited by the obscure tax code of a country I don't even live in.

Is there a way to disable this limitation so the built-in camera app can record for > 30 minutes? Is there some alternate video recording app that doesn't have this limitation? Do the answers to these questions change if I root my phone?

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    Except that there isn't any real answer there and the question is so old it's referencing Froyo. The "One Eye Browser" app linked actually has an even shorter 10 minute limitation as opposed to recording for longer and no actual suggestion to fix the problem was made. – David Perry Feb 14 '13 at 1:16
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    P.S. I know how to type words in a search box. That question references an ancient version and an arbitrary filesize limitation that a GNex on 4.11 with an EXT4 filesystem no longer has. – David Perry Feb 14 '13 at 1:17
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    when you explained that, the question already had some close-votes (we unfortunately cannot withdraw once we've voted). I guess the other voter(s) may have missed the comment. Suggestion: Edit your question and add the fact you know about the other question, plus explain why that's not a duplicate. That should trigger the re-open process and, enough votes provided, re-open your question. Besides: the usual way in this case is not to simply create a new question, but to place a bounty to the original one "for update" ;) – Izzy Feb 14 '13 at 18:27
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    Where did you get this I'm also aware of an antiquated tax act in parts of Europe that heavily taxes devices that can record for > 30 minutes as "video recording devices" but I don't live in Europe and don't want to be limited by the obscure tax code of a country I don't even live in.? Never heard of it and that's a new one to me! – t0mm13b Feb 14 '13 at 19:18
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    @DavidPerry Understandable. Just wanted you to consider ;) With your edit, it entered the re-open queue (2 votes now, so good chances). I would also be interested in the answer to t0mm13b's question: If that's true, we have a big problem. There are cams and dvd/blueray/harddisk recorders capable of much more than 30min, sold freely here in Europe. – Izzy Feb 14 '13 at 21:36
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Try Magisto. I just tested it initially and managed to record for almost 2.5 hours before I stopped it.

  • Lots of comments saying it's paid to use all features now (2019). Any alternatives? – Lucas Bustamante Feb 12 at 16:27
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open camera has done the job for me. https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdfilter=opencamera&fdid=net.sourceforge.opencamera

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