Making Movies on Your Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK

By Corey Sandler

The standard setting for the rear camera is high (or normal) resolution. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK uses the MP4 file format for videos. Note, too, that video files can be quite large; a 10-second clip at full resolution occupies about 21 MB of space.

Tablet, camera, action!

Recording video

You can only use the rear camera, the one facing away from the screen, to record videos.

To make your own video, do this:

  1. Open the Camera app.

  2. From the main screen, tap the video camera icon on the right side of the screen.

    If you most recently used your camera for video, the icon should already display that icon.

  3. To start making a video, tap the Record (red dot) icon.

    You can momentarily halt recording by tapping Pause.

  4. Tap the Stop (square) icon when you’re done.

Keep these things in mind when you’re recording:

  • Hold the camera tablet as steady as you can. Bring your elbows in to your chest.

  • If you plan on panning (moving left or right, or vertically), do so slowly and smoothly.

  • Record in a well-lit setting: outdoors in daylight or using lamps indoors.

Zooming in or out

While you’re using the video camera, zoom in or out to make distant people or objects appear closer or return to the normal view. Touch two fingers on an image and then spread them apart to zoom in. Bring the two fingers toward each other (pinch) to zoom out.

Extreme zooms are pretty poor quality. Judge for yourself whether a video (or camera) zoom is acceptable.

After you record a video, you can

  • Review it by tapping the Gallery window within the camera screen.

  • Close the Camera app and tap the Gallery icon from the Home screen. There you’ll see a collection of both still and video files. Tap any thumbnail (small picture) to view.

You can buy apps that allow you to edit the videos you make on your Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK. Some very basic ones allow simple cuts and edits, while advanced apps let you fade from one scene to another or apply other sophisticated transitions.

You can also email or load your video file from the tablet to a desktop or laptop computer and use a full-featured video editor to make your own movie. That includes reordering scenes and merging videos taken at different times or different locations into one movie.