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  • 'RecordMyScreen' is a New, Free, and Open Source Screen Recorder for iOS


    For a long time now, Ryan Petrich’s Display Recorder application (a $4.99 value in Cydia) has been the top dog for screen recording for iOS. Today, a competitor has arrived; RecordMyScreen is a free and open source screen recording application created by a team of developers including John Coates, CoolStar, ProtoSphere, Nicholas Gomolion, and Brandon Etherage. The application is available in Cydia right now.

    As shown above, the application includes a record and stop button, which the user can use to initiate and end a screen recording. In addition, users will notice a red recording bar at the top of the display that indicates when the recording is in progress. Tapping on the red recording bar will return the user to the screen recording application:



    Obviously, there are disadvantages to having the red recording bar at the top of the display – this means less room to record the display. On the other hand, it’s a free application, so this is a trade-off that many will be willing to accept.

    After the user has finished recording their display, they can head over to the Recordings tab of the application and find the video file and audio file separated from one-another. Tapping on the blue arrow to the right of the file(s) brings up sharing options. One of the options the user has is to import the recorded video to the Camera Roll for easier sharing. Users can also tap into Dropbox, Mail, or iFile for additional management/sharing:



    The application also includes options that the user can configure:



    Users can choose for the video size to be native sized, or half-sized. In addition, users can choose for the video orientation to be saved as a Portrait (native orientation) video, Landscape (home button to left) video, Landscape (home button to right) video, or Portrait (upside down) video. Users can also adjust the sampling rate, and change the channels between stereo and mono.

    As far as functionality is concerned, this application is a great way to get screen recordings done for free. On the flip side, the application really has a lot to be desired in terms of user interface and design. If you’re looking for a fully-featured screen recorder, you will still probably prefer Ryan Petrich’s Display Recorder for all of the options it gives you, but if you’re looking for simple screen recording, then RecordMyScreen will get the job done.

    The Cydia description also notes that the application is capable of running on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices. The application is not compatible with retina display iPads. If you're interested in seeing the source code for RecordMyScreen, it's available here.

    Name: RecordMyScreen (App)
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0.0
    Requirements: iOS 5+, armv7+ device
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developers: John Coates, CoolStar, ProtoSphere, Nicholas Gomolion, and Brandon Etherage
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'RecordMyScreen' is a New, Free, and Open Source Screen Recorder for iOS started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. pakitos's Avatar
      pakitos -
      Wait, how is this capable of running on jailbroken and non jailbroken devices if it requieres Cydia?
    1. coolstar's Avatar
      coolstar -
      You need a Mac With XCode, and a $99 developer account. Then you'll need to get the source code from Github and build it yourself. No need for Cydia.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      If the dev could make the red bar optional. It would be great!
    1. Mahboi's Avatar
      Mahboi -
      How does this work on a non-jb device? Does it record system audio or just uses the microphone?
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      Quote Originally Posted by pakitos View Post
      Wait, how is this capable of running on jailbroken and non jailbroken devices if it requieres Cydia?
      in the link it states "Developer Account or Jailbreak to install"
    1. coolstar's Avatar
      coolstar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mahboi View Post
      How does this work on a non-jb device? Does it record system audio or just uses the microphone?
      You need a developer account to use it on a non-jailbroken device, and it uses the microphone for now. We're trying to figure out how to record system audio for a new version soon.

      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      If the dev could make the red bar optional. It would be great!
      Hi, I'm a developer on RecordMyScreen and the maintainer of it. In the current App Version, it's impossible to make the red bar optional. However, with a tweak like MonoBar, it won't take up more space than the regular status bar. Also, for games that hide the status bar completely, the red bar doesn't show up at all.
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Quote Originally Posted by pakitos View Post
      Wait, how is this capable of running on jailbroken and non jailbroken devices if it requieres Cydia?
      I was just thinking the same thing.
    1. coolstar's Avatar
      coolstar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hondamaker View Post
      I was just thinking the same thing.
      Learn to read the comments above?
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pakitos View Post
      Wait, how is this capable of running on jailbroken and non jailbroken devices if it requieres Cydia?
      Exactly what i was thinking... ???????
    1. thekirbylover's Avatar
      thekirbylover -
      An app being in Cydia doesn't mean that it can't be used on a jailed device RecordMyScreen is actually only an app; there's no tweaks or anything else hooking into other parts of the system. This means that you can download the code and install it on a jailed device with Xcode if you have an iOS developer account. (As it uses private APIs, it won't be submitted to the App Store.)
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by iH85CH001 View Post
      Exactly what i was thinking... ???????
      (Sound of coolstar's head exploding)
    1. ChicagoV's Avatar
      ChicagoV -
      Read!!!
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Does it record system audio? That's all I want out of a recorder...
    1. evolution83's Avatar
      evolution83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
      Does it record system audio? That's all I want out of a recorder...
      no, it doesn't. i'd like that as well.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
      Does it record system audio? That's all I want out of a recorder...
      The only way that can be done is with an Aux cable, that I know of.

      Sound is sent directly to the hardware on iOS devices.
    1. regkilla's Avatar
      regkilla -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      If the dev could make the red bar optional. It would be great!
      Or at least make it optional for $1.99. That would be great.
    1. keenpois0n's Avatar
      keenpois0n -
      system audio would be fantastic, and I hope coolstar and the other devs can figure out a way, but Ryan petrich has said with the current idevice hardware line up, it is impossible
    1. kosher1's Avatar
      kosher1 -
      Doesn't record for me. Anyone else have this issue? WhaT possible conflict can be?
    1. WiWoNgO's Avatar
      WiWoNgO -
      Nice! Now how can I add my background music at the same time? Like I have the Harlem shake tweak and I wanna share it with my friends with the music also
    1. coolstar's Avatar
      coolstar -
      Quote Originally Posted by regkilla View Post
      Or at least make it optional for $1.99. That would be great.
      Just wait a few and a new tweak version of RecordMyScreen will be released soon without the red bar!

      Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
      Does it record system audio? That's all I want out of a recorder...
      Quote Originally Posted by keenpois0n View Post
      system audio would be fantastic, and I hope coolstar and the other devs can figure out a way, but Ryan petrich has said with the current idevice hardware line up, it is impossible
      Ok, so I have looked on how iOS buffers it's audio, and I (think) that it may be possible to get system audio. However, I can not exactly promise this, as I still have to look into it and see if it is indeed possible.