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Saturday 5 April 2014

How to Record Screen Video on Android - Part 1 - Recording GIFs using Genymotion & GifCam

Here's a little serie of tutorials on how to record videos from Android. We will start with recording short films to use on Twitter or developers forums from apps running in Genymotion emulator. These can be useful to share progress with other devs, make simple teasers and so on.

With Android 4.4 KitKat you can now record video directly on the device. But working with the device is not always easy. Moreover the recording is not available in the emulator, it misses the neccessary hardware. Genymotion offers direct recording only in the paid licenses and if you just need the recording capability, it is pricy.

So what can we do? We will still use Genymotion Free and use couple of great programmes to capture its screen.

Note: These tutorials are created for Windows. But some of the software might be available on multiple platforms.


Genymotion is the best emulator for Android there is. Genymotion offers the latest Android 4 images and also an image of the latest Android 2, which makes it a perfect replacement for BlueStacks.

Install Genymotion and any image you wish. Android 4.4 Kitkat is optimized for lower memories and I can recommend using it.  Start the image and install your APK. Maybe change the image's default resolution settings to something lower than the default.


GifCam is an amazing tool from BharaniApps. It allows you to record anything on the screen as an animated GIF or export the recording to AVI. Both options are viable and working perfectly. GifCam allows you to position its window over another window, resize it to requested size and simply start recording. It will record everything that fits inside GifCam window. Its window is see-through and click-through :) Just be careful, GIFs tend to become pretty big...

I am going to record a short video from my own game, Mr. Dandelion's Adventures:

And here is the result:

If you have any problems with GifCam, try LICEcap as an alternative.


GIFs are great because they can be shared easily. Using Genymotion + GifCam, you can create small promotinal videos for social media in few simple steps.

In the next part of the tutorial, I will show you few more tricks how to record high quality videos in Genymotion Free.

Martin Varga is a Czech software developer who likes pygmy owls (hence Kulíš), running, ramen, travelling and living in foreign countries. He is also known as smartus or sm4 on the internet (read as smartass, but there are too many of them). He currently tries to make games in AndEngine like Mr. Dandelion's Adventures and hangs around a lot at the AndEngine forums.