Jun 09 AT 1:02 PM Sean Riley 22 Comments

Want to shoot HD video on your Nexus One, there’s a hack for that

Thanks to the guys over at XDA the Nexus One just got another bullet point for its spec list and that is 720p video recording.

At the moment the hack only works for rooted users running CyanogenMod 5.0.8test3, but they are working on Froyo compatibility and may get that out as early as tonight. I’ll update the post if and when that does become available.

You can check the video below for a sample of what to expect. Increased frames per second and improved audio are on the list of scheduled improvements, but for its fledgling steps into the HD realm this is looking pretty good.

Assuming you meet the qualifications this one is pretty easy — all you need to do is download this file and flash it as “update.zip” — without the quotes obviously.

If you do give this a go let us know what you think and if you come up with a solid sample of the Nexus One getting its HD on link it up in the comments so the Froyor’s can see what they have to look forward to.

This is an excellent addition to the Nexus One which seems to just keep on giving to its loyal fans. So we’ve gotten wireless N and now 720p video tacked on — is there anything left to be squeezed out of the Nexus One or do you think it is finally running out of tricks?

Update: Still no Froyo support, but Cyanogen has added the hack into CM5.0.8-test5 if you want to upgrade to that rather than picking it up separately. It is currently supporting 720p at 20 fps and 480p at 30 fps.

Via: Engadget

Source: XDA

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • rucanebas

    Is this available for Desire?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Not at the moment, but there are definitely some Desire owners on XDA asking for them to support it so it may well be coming.

  • http://tekbuzz.net Joni

    I hope Google include this in 2.2 or for Gingerbread update. If the phone is capable of doing 720p and works wells it should have been there from the start.

    - Joni Tekbuzz.net

    • http://Website B

      Its certainly not in the current build of 2.2. I hope the final version has a few more surprise features. I’m happy either way though.

  • http://Website Richard

    Why would they release a phone with a crippled camera?

    is this really 720p?

    Or is it just the normal camera output, scaled up, and transcoded?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      According to those that worked on it this is real 720p. Why Google wouldn’t have included it natively is a bit of a mystery, but hey no wireless n or fm radio either.

    • Tebbe

      It’s possible that the phone wasn’t fast enough to encode 720p, but with Froyo and whatever improvements CM5.0.8test3 has it might be able to do it now.

      • http://Website kz570

        Probably something in the new Froyo radio. CM508test3 uses Froyo radio too.

    • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

      Another Apple agreement, like the multitouch issue…?

  • http://Website maxisma

    This is real. @charansingh ftw :) <3

  • http://Website Micheal Jai White

    This is really good news. I’m once again reminded why my purchase of the N1 was so good.

    No subsidy & no contract.
    No HTC Sense = Fast updates = 2.2 Froyo & Adobe Flash 10.1.
    Easy root process.
    No carrier add-on bullshit crapware.
    Developer community ROM’s.
    Tethering, Wireless-N & now 720p video.
    No carrier lockout of tethering.

    God damn I love Google & the Nexus One.

  • http://Website Seven of Nine

    This. Changes. Everything.

    …. Again.

  • http://Website Mark

    Does this require root access?

    • http://Website Chris


      “At the moment the hack only works for rooted users running CyanogenMod 5.0.8test3, but they are working on Froyo compatibility and may get that out as early as tonight.”

      • http://Website Eurotrash

        Apparently, Mark shouldn’t worry about shooting video , but maybe get a kindle with some lessons….

  • http://Website trap

    The guy in this video seems to think the desire has the minerals for HD video it’s just the software holding it back at the moment.

    Check 11m25s…

  • http://Website kz570

    Just flashed the mod. Works great!

  • http://Website BrianC

    I read quite a while ago there was an fm receiver in there. Not sure about antenna compatibility, but what about trying to get that working?

  • http://Website Noriega713

    Quick question to root the nexus one, will it be as fast as rooting the G1 or will it be like rooting a moto phone?… Thanks…

  • http://Website Daniel

    Man I love the Nexus One. I’m definately glad I purchased this phone when it came out!

    I do have one question maybe someone on here can answer or point me to a forum with an answer….

    Ever since the day I got my Nexus one I’ve had issues with the data connection… My 3G data icon arrow gets stuck with the UP arrow on, and no data gets transmitted or received. This usually lasts for about 60 seconds and then it starts working again. This issue has followed me from stock day one Nexus, across multiple roms and radio updates (currently running 2.2).

    It gets annoying sometimes when I’m streaming music and it cuts out for about a minute while the connection seems to go dead and then come back. It happens dayily, multiple times a day.

    Do any other Nexus owners have this problem?

    • http://Website Sean

      Yeah I am, running 2.2 also. But not sure if this is the right forum for this post.

  • http://Website cody

    Wow that’s really great!! will this be available for HTC Incredible when Froyo rolls out? I already get really good video and amazing pictures, but 720p would be the final nail in the iPhone4 coffin