Code Quality Rank: L5
Programming language: Java
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: SDK    
Latest version: v1.3.0

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Highly flexible Android Camera which offers granular control over the video quality and filesize, while restricting recordings to be landscape only.

There are a number of issues with the default Android intent to capture videos (MediaStore.ACTION_VIDEO_CAPTURE) which led me to create this library project:

  1. The default intent only accepts integer quality parameters of 0 (MMS quality) or 1 (highest available quality), using the intent extra MediaStore.EXTRA_VIDEO_QUALITY.
  2. The default intent does not return the URI of the recorded file if it was specified when launching the intent.
  3. The default intent doesn't care whether users capture their video in portrait mode or landscape.


This library provides a full and reusable custom camera, which:

  • Forces the users to rotate their device to landscape
  • Allows to specify the filename, or have the library generate one for you
  • Allows very granular control over the capture settings:
    • Resolution
    • Bitrate
    • Max filesize
    • Max video duration
    • audio/video codec
    • switch between front and rear facing camera
    • ...

How to use

1) Add the Jitpack repository to your project:

          repositories {
              maven { url "https://jitpack.io" }

2) Add a dependency on the library:

          compile 'com.github.jeroenmols:LandscapeVideoCamera:1.3.0'

3) Specify the VideoCaptureActivity in your manifest:

             android:screenOrientation="sensor" >

4) Request the following permissions in your manifest:

         <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.RECORD_AUDIO" />
         <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />
         <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />

5) Create a CaptureConfiguration using the Builder

         // Choose one of both
         CaptureConfiguration.Builder builder = new CaptureConfiguration.Builder(CaptureResolution resolution, CaptureQuality quality);
         CaptureConfiguration.Builder builder = new CaptureConfiguration.Builder(int videoWidth, int videoHeight, int bitrate);

         // Optional
         builder.showRecordingTime();         // Show the elapsed recording time
         builder.noCameraToggle();            // Remove button to toggle between front and back camera

         // Get the CaptureConfiguration
         CaptureConfiguration configuration = builder.build();

Note: When no CaptureConfiguration is specified, a default configuration will be used.

Note 2: Subclass the CaptureConfiguration class to set more advanced configurations. (codecs, audio bitrate,...)

6) Launch the VideoCaptureActivity for result, add the CaptureConfiguration as an parcelable extra EXTRA_CAPTURE_CONFIGURATION and optionally add a String extra EXTRA_OUTPUT_FILENAME.

         final Intent intent = new Intent(getActivity(), VideoCaptureActivity.class);
         intent.putExtra(VideoCaptureActivity.EXTRA_CAPTURE_CONFIGURATION, config);
         intent.putExtra(VideoCaptureActivity.EXTRA_OUTPUT_FILENAME, filename);
         startActivityForResult(intent, RESULT_CODE);

7) Check the resultcode (RESULT_OK, RESULT_CANCELLED or VideoCaptureActivity.RESULT_ERROR) and in case of success get the output filename in the intent extra EXTRA_OUTPUT_FILENAME.




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