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Is HDMI output locked to phone recorded video only?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by gzrecoil, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. gzrecoil

    gzrecoil Member
    Thread Starter

    Will the Atrix be locked down to only allow video captured on the device to be played back via HDMI? I read this somewhere.

    One of the main reasons I pre-ordered is so I can output 1080P videos on the go, but if they are only 1080P videos that I record it renders that part of the device useless, which is a big selling feature for me.

    I'm almost ready to cancel my preorder, and would have already if I had a junk phone to hold me over. I am not impressed by the 4G speeds being slower then iphone 4, the locked bootloader, motoblur, not being able to do 1080P recording and playback upon launch, not being 2.3, very high priced accessories, not LTE.

    I was super stoked about this, but the negatives are starting to outweigh the positives.

    If anyone can help me out with this question it will be greatly appreciated.

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  2. youareme7

    youareme7 Well-Known Member

    That's definitely not the case; there have been many demos of people outputting movies and trailers through hdmi. (720P only now though, 1080P will be enabled with a software update according to moto)
  3. gzrecoil

    gzrecoil Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, appreciate the response.
  4. ranova

    ranova Android Enthusiast

  5. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout Newbie

    I hope so. I want to load up my phone with a bunch of emulators and play them on the go, and then when I get home hook it up to my TV, connect a wiimote, and pick up from where I left off.
  6. jroc

    jroc Android Expert

    It should do mirroring out the box. No need for an app. If it does it will be better than the app for the Droid X.

    If not, gman can work his magic even better with the hardware in the Atrix.
  7. Jahmakan

    Jahmakan Well-Known Member

    Based on specs that were reported on the phone, it should do mirroring out of the box like someone above me stated.
  8. kenio8185

    kenio8185 Member

    I'm pretty sure we get 1080p output right off the bat. It's 1080p recording that we get in a further update.

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
  9. youareme7

    youareme7 Well-Known Member

    Sadly it's only 720P playback as well as recording:

    Source: MOTODEV > Products > ATRIX 4G MB860

    HDMI Mirroring is actually disabled out of the box, as shown in the build.prop file from the system dump:

    Once we get root we can change that value to "true" and it should work though.
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  10. jroc

    jroc Android Expert

    Whoa....thanks for the info. Thats wild. Seriously. Yea I can root to enable it...

    Why would Moto even do that?? Just to make you use the docks??
  11. gzrecoil

    gzrecoil Member
    Thread Starter

    I just cancelled my Atrix pre-order... I may re-buy at Radio Shack for $149.99, but they really killed the device from being a great thing. Thanks for your help guys.
  12. youareme7

    youareme7 Well-Known Member

    I can only fathom that is the reason they did it. Idiotic if you ask me.
  13. kenio8185

    kenio8185 Member

    So can I use HDMI out to at the very least watch movies on my TV or whatever at 720p? (and hopefully 1080p on the update).
  14. gzrecoil

    gzrecoil Member
    Thread Starter

    The guy who dumped the images says its not locked in another thread... Go figure. At the least it's already been rooted so we will be able to unlock shortly worst comes to worst.
  15. kenio8185

    kenio8185 Member

    I don't know a hole lot about rooting, so tell me (or link me to somewhere that can teach me), how do we unlock all that after rooting?
  16. gzrecoil

    gzrecoil Member
    Thread Starter

  17. kenio8185

    kenio8185 Member

    Ya, I read that, it seems pretty easy to root, just wondering, how do I unlock the features after I'm done rooting.

    Also, I don't know if I can use that since I'm getting the Bell version of the phone, not the At&t version, so it's possible that rooting through that method won't work for me.
  18. scrounger

    scrounger Newbie

    You also do not know if you will need to unlock any features on the phone either.
  19. ranova

    ranova Android Enthusiast

    has anyone tried the "ro.hdmi.mirror.enable=false" thing yet?

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The Motorola Atrix 4G release date was February 2011. Features and Specs include a 4.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, 1GB RAM, Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H processor, and 1930mAh battery.

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