Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos

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Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a great, 13-megapixel camera application. To take advantage of your phone's camera features, you need to know how each function works. This article will discuss the things you need to know about your phone's camera, and how to take great pictures and videos with it.

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Open Camera application on Samsung Galaxy S4

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    Go to your home menu by pressing on the "Home" button.
    The home button is the key located on the lower-middle part of your phone.
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    APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    From the home menu, tap on the "Apps" icon.
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    CAMERA ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    You will be taken to your application folder, where the list of all the applications installed on your phone is found.
    Tap on the icon for "Camera" to open the application.
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    You will now be taken to the camera application, where you can start capturing videos and pictures.
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Getting familiar with the camera interface and icons of Samsung Galaxy S4 camera app.

Below are the icons and their uses on your S4 camera app:

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    SWITCH CAMERA ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Switch Camera allows you to switch between your front and rear camera.
    Front camera can be useful when taking self-portraits (commonly referred to as "selfies").
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    EXPAND CAMERA SETTINGS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Expand Camera Settings allows you to view and change camera settings to suit your preferences and your current situation's requirements.
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    FOCAL POINT ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Focal Point is the area where the camera is focused.
    It is positioned in the middle by default, but can be changed by tapping on any area of the screen. Tapping an area of the screen changes the focal point to where you tap.
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    1MODE SELECTED ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Current Mode Selected is the current mode of your camera.
    You cannot change anything by tapping it. It only serves as an indicator.
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    CURRENT MODE APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Mode If you want to change your capturing mode, tap on the "Mode" button.
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    VIDEO CAPTURE BUTTON ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Video Capture Button allows you to record videos using your camera.
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    CAMERA SHUTTER APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Camera Shutter Button allows you to take still pictures using your phone's camera.
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    FILTER EFFECTS ICON VIDEO CAPTURE BUTTON ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Filter Effects Button allows you to apply filters on your photos to add effects and emoticons to them.
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Camera screen APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG

Take a picture using Samsung Galaxy S4

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    Go to your home menu by pressing on the "Home" button.
    The home button is the key located on the lower-middle part of your phone.
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    APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Apps From the home menu, tap on the "Apps" icon.
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    CAMERA ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Camera You will be taken to your application folder, where the list of all applications that you have installed on your phone is found.
    Tap on the icon for "Camera" to open the application.
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    On the Camera app, point your phone at your desired subject.
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    FOCAL POINT ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    "Focal point" icon tap on it to focus on your desired location on the screen.
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    The focal point will adjust its focus.
    After it has focused on the subject, it will turn green.
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    CAMERA SHUTTER APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Capture Once the Focal Point icon has turned green, tap on the camera "Capture" icon .
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    When you've taken the picture, you can opt to save or delete the newly taken picture.
    When you save a picture, it will automatically be linked to the Gallery.
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Record a Video using Samsung Galaxy S4.

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    Go to your home menu by pressing on the "Home" button.
    The home button is the key located on the lower-middle part of your phone.
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    APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Apps From the home menu, tap on the "Apps" icon.
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    CAMERA ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Camera You will be taken to your application folder where the list of all applications that are installed in your phone is found.
    Tap on the icon for "Camera" to open the application.
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    On the Camera app, point your phone at your desired subject.
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    Video record button step 3 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Video Record Tap on that button to start the video recording.
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    Pause step 3 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Pause During video recording, you can tap on the "Pause" button
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    Stop step 3 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Stop use that button to stop.
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    You have learned how to record videos using your phone.
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    Take photos while recording videos on Samsung Galaxy S4.
    Capture photo while video step 3 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    You can capture still photos while recording videos on your phone. To do that simply tap on the "Capture" icon while you are taking your video.
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Video picture advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG

Select a shooting mode with your Samsung Galaxy S4 camera.

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    Go to your home menu by pressing on the "Home" button.
    The home button is the key located on the lower-middle part of your phone.
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    APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Apps From the home menu, tap on the "Apps" icon.
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    CAMERA ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Camera You will be taken to your application folder where the list of all applications installed on your phone is found.
    Tap on the icon for "Camera" to open the application.
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    CURRENT MODE APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Mode On the Camera app, tap on the "Mode" button to see the modes available.
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    You will then be shown a list of the shooting modes available:
     
    1. Auto mode allows the camera to decide on the best mode and settings for your phone. If you don't feel confident using the other mode, or you are in a hurry to take the shot, use this mode.
    2. Beauty Face mode allows the phone to edit unwanted marks on the face when taking portrait shots.
    3. Best Photo mode allows you to take multiple shots then your phone will choose the best photos from those pictures.
    4. Best Face mode allows your phone to choose the best photo for each person in it, from five consecutive shots. Then it will merge these photos into one single photo.
    5. Sound and Shot mode allows you to take a picture, while any background sound will be recorded on it as well.
    6. Drama mode allows you to capture multiple images of a moving subject and merge them into one photo creating a "shadow-like" effect on your photos.
    7. Animated Photo mode allows you to take a picture with moving and static images on it.
    8. Rich Tone (HDR) mode allows you to take and merge pictures in different exposures to make a picture with different tones and colours.
    9. Eraser mode allows you to take five photos of a selected subject, erasing any unwanted moving object from the background.
    10. Panorama mode allows you to take pictures of a scene and put them into a single photo.
    11. Sport mode allows you to take great pictures of fast-moving subjects.
    12. Night mode allows you to take better and clearer photos on low light even without the help of flash.
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  • You can change how modes are viewed by tapping on the thumbnail view icon
    Thumbnail view APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
  • Or the carousel view icon
    Carousel view APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    . You can swipe the carousel up and down to navigate between modes.
  • From either view, you can tap on a desired mode to use it.
Camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG

Adjust Advanced Camera Settings on Samsung Galaxy S4

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    Go to your home menu by pressing on the "Home" button.
    The home button is the key located on the lower-middle part of your phone.
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    APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Apps From the home menu, tap on the "Apps" icon.
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    CAMERA ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Camera You will be taken to your application folder where the list of all applications installed in your phone is found.
    Tap on the icon for "Camera" to open the application.
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    EXPAND CAMERA SETTINGS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Expand Camera Settings On the Camera app, tap on the "Expand Camera Settings" button, to see the expanded camera settings menu.
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    You will see the settings you can adjust based on your preference:
     
    1. Settings step 2 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
      Basic Settings button allows you to change photo size, share settings, and other general settings. More of these options will be discussed in the next section.
    2. Flash step 2 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
      Flash icon allows you to choose from different flash options available for your phone.
    3. Auto night detection step 2 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
      Auto Night Detection button allows your phone to automatically adjust settings when it senses low lighting condition. This enables you to take better pictures in low-light conditions, even without the aid of the flash.
    4. Voice commands detection step 2 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
      Voice Command button allows you to control your phone using pre-set voice commands.
    5. Recording mode step 2 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
      Recording Mode button allows you to select a movie size for video captured.
    6. Sharing mode step 2 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
      Share button allows you to see the options to share, like Share Shot and Remote Viewfinder.
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Adjust Basic Camera Settings on Samsung Galaxy S4

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    Go to your home menu by pressing on the "Home" button.
    The home button is the key located on the lower-middle part of your phone.
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    APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Apps From the home menu, tap on the "Apps" icon.
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    CAMERA ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Camera You will be taken to your application folder, where the list of all applications installed on your phone is found.
    Tap on the icon for "Camera" to open the application.
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    EXPAND CAMERA SETTINGS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    On the Camera app, tap on the Expand Camera Settings button , to see the expanded camera settings menu.
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    Settings step 2 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Basic Settings button Tap it to view and change the following settings:
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    Photo advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Photo :
    Allows you to change photo settings:  
    1. Photo Size: Allows you to change the size of the photos captured.
    2. Burst Shot: When turned on, Burst shot allows you to take multiple shots by tapping and holding the camera shutter button. This is useful when taking a fast-moving subject.
    3. Face Detection: When turned on, your camera automatically detects and focus on faces.
    4. Metering: Allows your camera to meter the scene's light.
    5. ISO: Allows you to adjust the ISO settings. If you do not know about ISO, just set it to Auto so your camera will automatically adjust if for you.
    6. Anti-Shake: Allows you to turn on the image stabilization feature of your phone's camera.
    7. Auto Night Detection: Allows your camera to automatically detect low-light conditions and adjust accordingly. This way, you can still take high quality photos on low-light without any flash.
    8. Save As: Allows you to set how to save rich tone photos. This option will only be available when your camera is on Rich tone (HDR) mode.
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    Vdieo step 4 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    Video allows you to change your video settings.
     
    1. Video Size: Allows you to change the video size of your recording.
    2. Video Stabilization: Allows you to turn on the image stabilization feature of your phone's camera.
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    General
    Settings step 2 advance settings camera mode APPS ICON-Use Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4 to Capture Photos and Videos.PNG
    allows you to change the general settings of your camera
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    1. GPS tag: Allows you to add GPS information to your photo.
    2. Review: When turned ON, this allows you to review your captured photo or video before saving.
    3. Volume Key: Allows you to set your volume keys for some camera functions like zoom and capture / record key.
    4. Timer: Allows you to set a countdown timer in capturing photos.
    5. White Balance: Allows you to adjust the White balance settings. If you do not know about ISO, just set it to Auto so your camera will automatically adjust if for you.
    6. Exposure Value: Allows you to adjust the exposure value of your phone's camera.
    7. Guidelines: Allows you to turn ON or OFF the guidelines in the camera app.
    8. Flash: Allows you to use or disable flash.
    9. Voice Control: Allows you to control your phone using pre-set voice commands.
    10. Contextual Filename: When turned ON, your files will be named based on the contextual information based on the GPS tag feature.
    11. Save as Flipped: Allows you to save your photos flipped. This is useful when you want to correct the "inverted" photo effect when using the front camera for self-portrait pictures.
    12. Storage: Allows you to change the default storage devices for your photos and videos.
    13. Shutter Sound: Allows you to turn OFF or ON the shutter sound of your device.
    14. Reset: Allows you to reset your basic camera settings to the default settings.
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Questions and Answers

S4 switch camera is missing? It wasn't shown on the upper part of my screen?

I can't find the switch camera icon on my S4, what should I do?

The switch camera icon can be found when you open the camera app. It looks like this:

http://screencast.com/t/aYOtIjJ9O

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Hi how to autofocus the Samsung S4?

Hi, how to autofocus the Samsung S4?

The auto focus feature on the S4 will automatically focus on the camera without your help. You will simply need to aim your camera at what you want to take a picture of and from there the camera will auto adjust to the target.

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If you find the auto focus feature is not working, simply tap on your S4 screen so that the device will perform a focus adjustment on the device. Also, you can move the device fully forward or backward in order to activate the auto focus feature yet again on your device.

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How to take a selfie with my Galaxy S4?

How do I take a selfie with my Galaxy S4

A selfie is a self portrait taken with your camera by you. To take a selfie, you just need to know how to use the front facing camera on your Galaxy S4. Please read the steps on "Getting familiar with the camera interface and icons of Samsung Galaxy S4 camera app " in this wiki, to be able to take a selfie, or a picture of yourself, using your front facing camera.

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In the fourth step from the open camera application on Samsung Galaxy S4. Looking for more advanced info - this was way too basic to be useful

Going to the camera are not 'Advanced Steps'. It is simply opening the application so you can start taking pictures allowing you to capture that moment. The only way for you to have 'Advanced Steps', is by doing some configuration of the phone's camera settings, like white balance, taking panorama shot, GPS tagging and any of the other things you can change.

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HOW DO I TURN OFF Galaxy S4 FILTER(photo) EFFECTS?

What do you if you don't want to use ANY filter (photo) effects??

In order to remove the effects or change it (in the future) simply do the following:

  • Open your stock camera app.
  • Choose "Color Effect".
  • Choose none.

There is no blue, green or yellow filter on my S4 camera.

Hi Walakobay. Hope you are good. Can you please help me with this? There is no blue, green or yellow filter on my S4 camera. I saw on some online content that it's not there, but I saw one YouTube video where it was shown. I don't know how. I have 4.4.2 swr version.BR.Michael

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Is there a voice command to stop video recording?

There's a voice command to start video recording in the new Samsung Galaxy, but can we stop using a voice command?

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Is there another button to use to take a picture other than the camera icon?

When taking a selfie I have trouble holding the camera and pushing the button. My thumb is holding the camera steady and when I move it to take the picture the camera wobbles around. No one else seems to look like they have trouble with this, am I holding the camera wrong or is there another button you can use?

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Well it only seems to have PNG?

So when I download these back to my PC they won't show up and can't seem to find a program to either switch them to JPEG or even open them? Is there a setting in the phone to change this or am I stuck?

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How to add filters to the picture?

On this it says there is an arrow but on the updated one, it isn't on there

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I can't get the stabilization feature to come on for my camera.

The anti shake won't come on. The feature is blacked out.

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Different? How do I know who my server is? I am trying to log into Gmail?

I just got my phone yesterday. I have no idea how to get to the main screen

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I just discovered that I cannot take pictures with my Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 by tapping the screen. Please can you help?

I just discovered that I cannot take pictures with my Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 by tapping the screen. Please can you help?

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Hi, I'm following instructions.

But I'm stuck here: Go to setting/Application manager/Camera. Well, I don't have a camera icon on the list.

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My video on S4 will only video for 16 seconds.

How do I change it to a longer video recording?

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Trying to take pictures at an airshow. My Samsung Galaxy 4 kept switching to the "selfie" mode - useless for capturing aircraft. Curious to know why, and also, can I make my phone use the front facing camera a more usual function?

Camera automatically goes to "selfie" mode - not wanted - fixable?

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