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Record a video on your Pixel phone

You can record in real-time and slow motion on your phone or tablet. You can also record time-lapse videos that speed up when you play them. Learn how to open your Camera app.

Important:

Take videos with your camera

Record a video

Important: When you take a video, your device silences notification sounds to avoid an interruption.

To quickly record a video, open your Camera app, then touch and hold Capture .

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

Tip: You can change your camera settings to use features like gridlines or a flash. Learn how to adjust how your camera records.

Use video effects

Make a video more smooth (Pixel 3a & later)

  1. Open your Camera app Google Camera. Learn how to open your Camera app on your Pixel phone.
  2. If you're in Photo mode , switch to Video mode Open video mode.
  3. At the bottom left, tap Video Settings and then Stabilization .
  4. Choose the type of stabilization you want.
    • To capture light movement, tap Standard .
    • Pixel 4a (5G) and later only: To capture still shots, tap Locked .
    • Pixel 4a (5G) and later only: To capture heavy movement, tap Active .
  5. For each mode, you can adjust the level of stabilization.

Get cinematic video effects

Important: This feature is available on Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Pro only.

When you record in Cinematic mode, you can blur backgrounds and keep your subject in focus. To turn on Cinematic mode:

  1. Open your phone’s Camera app Google Camera.
  2. If you're in Camera mode , switch to Video mode Open video mode.
  3. Swipe to Cinematic Blur mode.
  4. Tap the shutter to record.
  5. Tap your subject to direct the focus.

Get vibrant video color

Important: This feature is available on Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Fold only.

When you record in HDR video, you get vibrant video color. To turn on 10-bit HDR video:

  1. Open your Camera app Google Camera.
  2. If you're in Photo mode , switch to Video mode Open video mode.
  3. At the bottom left, tap Video Settings .

Take high resolution video

Important: This feature is available on Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Pro only.

You can record in 4K at up to 60 frames per second with any of your phone’s lenses. To turn on high resolution video:

  1. Open your Camera app Google Camera.
  2. If you're in Camera mode , switch to Video mode Open video mode.
  3. At the bottom left, tap Video Settings .
    • Under “Resolution,” turn on 4K.
    • Under “Frames/Sec,” turn on 60fps.
Record a slow motion video

To record a video in slow motion: 

  1. Open your Camera app Google Camera.
  2. If you're in Photo mode , switch to Video mode Open video mode.
  3. Switch to Slow motion.
  4. To start recording, tap Record .
    • To take a high-resolution photo while you record a slow motion video, tap Capture .
  5. To stop recording, tap Stop .

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

Record a time-lapse video

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

  1. Open your Camera app Google Camera.
  2. If you're in Photo mode , switch to Video mode Open video mode and then Time Lapse.
  3. To choose a speed up time setting, at the bottom right, tap Auto.
  4. Select a speed option. 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.
  5. Tap Record .
    • To take a high-resolution photo while you record a time-lapse video, tap Capture .
  6. To stop recording, tap Stop .

Tip: If you're unsure of the speed to choose or how long to record for, tap Auto.

To turn on Night Sight with Time Lapse:

  1. Open your Camera app Google Camera.
  2. If you're in Photo mode , switch to Video mode Open video mode and then Time Lapse.
  3. At the bottom left, tap Settings and then More light.
  4. Tap Night Sight .
  5. Tap Record . Hold the phone still while it records the video.
  6. To stop recording, tap Stop .
Record an augmented reality video
You can also take an AR video on your Pixel phone. Learn how to use Augmented Reality (AR) on your Pixel phone.

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