The Nexus 4 is the most sought after Android handset beating even the Galaxy S3 and Droid DNA in interest. However, the Android 4.2 running device still requires some modding to achieve the best out of the camera offerings. The developers at XDA have introduced a basic hack for the Nexus 4 that significantly improves the onboard camera’s video abilities.
However, just like every other Android mod here also you need to root your Nexus 4 and a root file manager program that can access system partition. Following a brief XML modification the Nexus 4’s stock bitrate increases from 12mbps to 20mbps. You can visit the official page describing the process by clicking over the link given at the end of this post. The instructions below is from the original source.
- Employing a file browser navigate to the /system/etc folder
- Ensure your system is mounted RW
- Look for the media_profiles.xml file and using text editor open it
Once you scroll down you will see the following:
<EncoderProfile quality=”1080p” fileFormat=”mp4″ duration=”30″>
Change the bitRate from 12000000 to 20000000
Save and then reboot.
Once everything goes well you will notice a sharper image while capturing video, causing less artifacts and noise. However, if your Nexus 4 storage is 8GB then these improved video clips will be bigger in size and will eat-up precious space.