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It is possible to capture Images, audio, and video on CommCare for Android devices. See Form Builder for details on how to add the appropriate type of question. 


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Using Multimedia Capture Questions


When you get to a screen with an image capture question you will have the option of either capturing the data in real time (i.e. opening a camera app to take a picture) or choosing a file from you phone (i.e. navigating to a folder on your device to find a specific file).

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Options: By default, users will be able to either record multimedia live, or will be able to choose an existing piece of multimedia to attach. In order to require that the multimedia be captured live, the Appearance Attribute for the question in the form builder can be set to acquire. This will remove the ability to select an existing file.

Additionally, if If you have selected the incorrect file to upload to the application, you can click the Clear button to clear the current selection. This is a default option for the multimedia question type, as displayed below:


Audio Capture

CommCare doesn't have the capacity to record audio natively, so in order to capture audio in a CommCare application, users need to install a 3rd party audio-recording app from the Play Store. We recommend RecForge Lite for this because it is known to work well with CommCare.

Downloading Captured Media Files


NOTE: Bulk multimedia exports support only up to 5 GB of data. Please see this help page for common errors encountered if your file size exceeds 5 GB.