Set Video Quality on the Droid Bionic - dummies

Set Video Quality on the Droid Bionic

Though it may seem that choosing high quality or HD (high definition) all the time for videos on your Droid Bionic is the best option, that’s not always the case. For example, video you shoot for YouTube need not be of HD quality.

Multimedia text messaging (known as MMS) video should be of very low quality or else the video doesn’t attach to the message. Also, HD video uses up a heck of a lot more storage space on the Droid Bionic.

To set the video quality while using the Camcorder app, press the Menu soft button to pull out the Control Drawer and then touch the Settings icon. Choose the Video Resolution command. Here’s a rundown of the options and some recommendations for using them:

  • HD+ (1080p): The highest-quality setting is best suited for video you plan to show on a large-format TV or computer monitor. It’s useful for video editing or for showing important events, such as UFO landings.

  • High Definition (720p): The second-highest-quality setting is a good choice if you need to record longer but still want high quality. This setting is the one that the Camcorder app uses automatically.

  • DVD (720 x 480): This option has good quality for shooting video when you don’t know where the video will end up.

  • VGA (640 x 480): This setting, good for quality Internet video, doesn’t enlarge well.

  • CIF (352 x 288): This choice is good for medium-quality YouTube and web videos. The files are small and load quickly over an Internet connection. This setting isn’t good for viewing videos in a larger format.

  • QVGA (320 x 240): This setting is designed for use with text messaging video attachments.

Check the video quality before you shoot! Especially if you know where the video will end up (on the Internet, on a TV, or in an MMS message), it helps to set the quality first.