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December 15, 2014Mike Hines
Sometimes seeing is believing. Certainly that’s true for me and the games I might want to play. Take Spheriod Cyclone, for example. It’s $0.99, so it’s not risk-free. if I get it and I don’t like it, I’m out a buck. But Alex Swan, the developer, gave me a way to see what it would be like to play the game by posting game play video to the app detail page.
Take a look at the video on this detail page for yourself and see if you think the video does a much better job of selling the game than the static images do. Interested in having your own video? Here is how to do it!
Don’t pull our your phone and take a video of your app running on another device; that makes your detail page look a bit like amateur-hour. Instead, you can record the gameplay directly from your Fire OS 4.5.1 devices and KitKat Android devices using Android Debug Bridge (ADB). Here is how you do that:
Connect your Fire OS 4.5.1 device or KitKat Android device to a computer with ADB installed (currently Gen 3 & 4 Fire HD and HDX tablets). From the Terminal app on your computer, run the following ADB command:
adb shell screenrecord --bit-rate 4000000 --time-limit 15 /sdcard/vidcap.mp4
This command creates a 4mbps video 15 seconds long in your sdcard directory called vidcap.mp4. This gave me a file 7.7MB on disk with acceptable video quality. When I want better quality, I use bit-rate 8000000 and get a 12.5MB file.
You can then upload that video to Amazon via the instructions below:
If you want to submit up to 5 videos for your app on your detail page, do the following:
In your developer portal, go to the images and Multimedia tab.
Scroll to the bottom of the page, click the Upload Video button, and select the MP4 you created in the steps above.
The ADB command I list above will create an acceptable file for you to use. If you have video from other sources, it needs to follow these requirements:
Files need to be either: MPEG-2, WMV, MOV, FLV, AVI, or H.264 MPEG-4
Resolution: 720 - 1080px wide (4:3 or 16:9)
Quality: 1200 kbps (1.2 mbps) or higher
Size: Up to 150MB, use the portal control.
(for files larger than 150MB, you will need to use SFTP instead of the upload control. For instructions on SFTP, see: SFTP instructions and naming convention)
So capture some video of your game and post it to your detail page today! Customers will be happy you did.