Record a video on your Pixel phone

You can record real time, slow motion, and augmented reality videos on your Pixel phone. You can also record time-lapse videos that speed up when you play them.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.1 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Record a video

  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. To switch to video mode, tap Video.
  3. To start recording, tap Record Record.
    • To put a cut in your video, tap Pause Pause. To start recording again, tap Record Record.
    • To take a high-resolution photo while recording a video, tap Capture Shutter.
  4. To stop recording, tap Stop Stop.

Tip: You can change your camera settings, like using gridlines or a flash. Learn how to adjust how your camera takes video.

Record a slow motion video

  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. Tap More and then Slow Motion.
  3. To start recording, tap Record Record.
  4. To stop recording, tap Stop Stop.

Note: To record very high speeds in slow motion, choose 1/8x.

Record an augmented reality video

Pixel 3a & 3

You can take videos with characters and objects in them. The 3D characters are called Playmoji. The 2D characters are stickers.

Note: Front-facing videos don't work on Pixel 3a.

  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. Tap More and then Playground.
  3. Pick a Playmoji. Your phone suggests Playmoji based on your shot. You can tap Playground for more.
  4. Tap, hold, and drag a Playmoji to where you want it. In selfies, characters react and move around on their own.
    • Add text: Tap Text Text and pick a style to type your message. Your phone might also suggest text based on your shot.
    • Change the size of an object: Tap the object. Then pinch your fingers open or closed. In selfies, characters react and move around on their own
    • Remove an object: Tap an object and then Delete Delete.
    • See a different collection: Tap Playground or Text Text and browse through the different categories.
  5. Tap and hold Capture Capture photo

To stop using Playground, tap Close Close.

Pixel 2

You can take a video with animated 3D characters and objects in them. The 3D characters and objects are called AR stickers.

Note: AR stickers work only with the rear camera.

  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then AR Stickers.
  3. Touch, hold, and drag an AR sticker to where you want it.
    • Change the size of an AR sticker: Tap the AR sticker. Then pinch your fingers open or closed.
    • Remove one AR sticker: Tap the AR sticker and then Delete Delete.
    • Remove all AR stickers: Tap Delete all Delete all.
    • See a different collection of AR stickers: At the top of the screen, tap a different picture.
  4. Tap Record Record.
  5. To stop recording, tap Stop Stop.

To stop using AR stickers, tap Back Back

Record a time-lapse video

To record changes that take place slowly over time, like a sunset:

  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. Tap More and then Time Lapse.
  3. Pick how much to speed up time. For example:
    • For 50 seconds in reality to take 10 seconds in the video, tap 5x.
    • For 20 minutes in reality to take 10 seconds in the video, tap 120x.
  4. Tap Record Record.
  5. To stop recording, tap Stop Stop.

Note: To save power, your screen sometimes dims when your camera shoots a time-lapse. 

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