I've decided to add a few videos about smart phone apps on my YouTube channel and I have been looking at different ways to record the videos. Most likely I will end up with mirroring my smart phone on my desktop using WiFi but I found another option that is interesting, especially if you are a gamer. It is called BlueStacks and it is an Android Emulator that runs on your desktop just like a regular Android device.
Installation was simple and the app is Free, which I always like, but there are a few issues. You can't actually use the app as an Android phone but then who makes phone calls anymore anyway. I found it to be a bit glitchy depending on the app you are running. It works very well with Android Games and this is its main focus allowing you to play smart phone games on your computer's larger screen with full keyboard and mouse access. This makes game play so much more enjoyable.
When I set up BlueStacks to emulate my Instagram account it worked well enough for me to use it in a video talking about Adobe Lightroom and Instagram but then I was only using it to show one picture in smart phone format. When uploading images from BlueStacks to my Instagram account it crashed half of the time, when it worked it was very easy just like using my smart phone. When it didn't work the Instagram app crashed and put me back into the default BlueStacks interface. To be fair BlueStacks recommends that you set up Virtualization on your computer which my CPU can handle but my computer brand does not so I am unable to do that. Could make all the difference.
I also found that BlueStacks always crashes out of my 3D Lut Creator app whenever I try to use it, could be a problem with the app though and not BlueStacks. This Fall I will be playing with different ways to mirror my smart phone on my computer and that could give me better results with 3D Lut Creator.
For what its designed for BlueStacks is great, namely playing games and I highly recommend giving it a try if you love your smart phone games but want a larger screen. For other apps I have had issues but I can't say if this is my computer, the app, or BlueStacks. I will be doing a more in-depth review of game play through BlueStacks soon.
To learn more about Blue Stacks visit their website at https://www.bluestacks.com/