How to Record RAW Videos on Your Android Phone (2021)

Thanks to the efforts of the developers of an open source camera app, it is now possible to record RAW videos on Android. To be more specific, the developers have made it possible to record 10-bit CinemaDNG RAW videos on your Android phone. If this is something you’re interested in, read on to find out how you can record RAW videos from your smartphone.

Record RAW Videos on Android (2021)

How PetaPixelName reports, Motion Cam is the first app on Android to allow RAW video recording. However, it’s experimental at the moment, and using the feature requires a smartphone with decent hardware. Also, the app does not record audio for now. Neglecting these limitations, here’s how to get started:

1. Download and install Motion Cam from the Google Play Store (Free). As it is an open source application, you can also choose to load the application from your GitHub Page.

2. Once the app is open, switch to “RAW VIDEO” section in the bottom navigation bar. You now have access to RAW video mode along with options to control FPS, resolution, ISO, stabilization and more. Choose the appropriate resolution and FPS based on your phone’s hardware and hit the record button to record the footage.

switch to raw video mode

3. After recording the video, the application stores it as a ZIP file. You must tap the “Manage Videos” button in the upper right corner to convert the ZIP file to DNG format.

manage raw videos

4. You will see the RAW video file recorded in ZIP format on your Android phone. Next, you must create a path to store the processed DNG file. Tighten “Row” and the app will automatically take you to your phone’s system file picker. Here, you must create a new folder to save the DNG files.

create a new folder to record RAW videos on Android

5. Give the folder a name and press “Use this folder” to set the destination location of processed DNG files.

use raw folder

6. After selecting the folder, the application will take you to the video management screen and start processing your video. This should take a few seconds or minutes based on the length of the video and your phone’s processing capabilities.

raw file processing

7. After processing, you will find several DNG files in the folder you created to store these files. You can import these CinemaDNG files into professional video editing software that supports the format, such as DaVinci Resolve.

dng file output

There were frame drops when I tried to record a RAW video on a OnePlus 7T on default settings. If you are experiencing the same issue, lowering the resolution should help. In case you’re skeptical of the results, check out an example RAW video shot from a smartphone below:

Record 10-bit CinemaDNG RAW videos from your Android phone

While recording RAW video is still a bit of an issue at the moment, it’s a fascinating development and one that creative professionals are likely to appreciate. Try Motion Cam’s RAW video recording and let us know how it went for you in the comments. In the meantime, if you are an iPhone user, you might find our list of the best RAW photo editing apps for iPhone and iPad useful.

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