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  • Cycorder - Superior Free Video Recorder for 3G and 2.x

    Jay Freeman (aka Saurik), author of Cydia and WinterBoard, Friday released Cycorder (website not REALLY there yet. ), a FREE native iPhone video recorder application. The release comes hot on the tails of DreamCatcher's 2.x release of their $19.95 iPhone Video Recorder software, and is superior in many aspects.

    Before, I get into the details, here's a sample video recorded with Cycorder.


    Quality on the videos is much higher than iPhone Video Recorder's movies, due to Saurik's use of MJPEG compression - the same compression used in the majority of point and shoot digital camera's with video support. Oh, and there is no waiting 3 times as long as your video length after you record before the video compresses and lets you watch it (as Showtime did, in 1.x firmwares - its not yet out for 2.x iPhones) - when you finish recording a video with Cycorder, you can immediately play the video back.

    The video playback list has a slick first-frame thumbnail shown for each video you've taken, vs just a listing of the time's of each video as competing video recorders have (MUCH easier to tell which video is which - if you record several videos in an evening or day, the times really don't help you much at all later).

    Videos are recorded at 384x288, a 4x3 aspect ratio. Depending on how well lit the area is, videos are recorded at between 6-15 fps. Saurik notes that the large variance of fps is due to the iPhone camera, which when video is recorded is basically taking pictures as fast as it can and when you take those photos the camera has to open its shutter, let in the light that makes up the photo, and close the shutter. The less light, the longer it takes to do that. So, better lighting equals higher quality fps, and therefore smoother videos.

    The UI is done in landscape mode, and is extremely simple and easy to use - press the large center button on the right (bottom if the iPhone is held vertically) to record/stop recording, and press the small arrow to open up your playback list. Saurik mentioned he's looking at ways to even have the videos show up in your iPod Videos list once recorded in Cycorder.

    Update!!!! Cycorder now includes audio

    Cycorder can be downloaded now from Cydia (its on the Featured Packages list on the front page of Cydia, or in the Multimedia section. I'd definitely recommend it - the video quality is the best out there, and audio will be included shortly.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cycorder - Superior Free Video Recorder for 3G and 2.x started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 333 Comments
    1. septimiu_sarateanu@yahoo.'s Avatar
      septimiu_sarateanu@yahoo. -
      We need some buttons for the zoom and for a better sound
    1. fenwaywhalers's Avatar
      fenwaywhalers -
      Love this APP.

      Sadly I finally upgraded through pwnage to 2.1 and lost all the videos. I'm guessing they are simply gone? Everything I D/L from Cydia didn't back up.
    1. khaoticsquirrel's Avatar
      khaoticsquirrel -
      amazing app. one of the first i downloaded when i jailbroke. amazing picture. love love love it and the fact that it's free =)
    1. blazingangel1986's Avatar
      blazingangel1986 -
      wow definitely will be downloading that
    1. macs_domain's Avatar
      macs_domain -
      Hi I downloaded a copy of this file on my pc was planning to install this on my phone thru either iBrick or iPhonebrowser but iBrick couldn't recognized the file since it's a .deb file not .pxl. How can I manually install this on my phone, can anyone help me? Got not wifi at home I just decided to SSh it to my phone. Any ideas would be gladly accepted thanks.
    1. Kelly.Baxton's Avatar
      Kelly.Baxton -
      Impressive...thanks a lot!
    1. Dingle777's Avatar
      Dingle777 -
      iphonebrowser (get latest beta version for FW2.1) is much better than diskaid!
    1. jbee's Avatar
      jbee -
      illl download and try this later on.
    1. Kelly.Baxton's Avatar
      Kelly.Baxton -
      I don't know which one I need...Pleeease help!
    1. noyb555's Avatar
      noyb555 -
      Super good app...... better ...
      Thanks for sharing
    1. imagine engine's Avatar
      imagine engine -
      I found iPhone Video Recorder costly. I would've been willing to pay $9.99 but not $19.99. Anyway Cycorder is a great alternative and it's free. I would like to see in a future release the ability to edit the video file name, instead of the default title being the date. Also having the ability to export as a podcast to iTunes, iMovie/FCP and iWeb would be great.
    1. Grubbi1149's Avatar
      Grubbi1149 -
      This is a great program, found it before any on the App Store so I didn't even know there were other options!
    1. jonathanp2008's Avatar
      jonathanp2008 -
      execellent software i like it a lot
    1. raxelsen's Avatar
      raxelsen -
      brrrrilliant! will download it as soon as I have wifi access again
    1. jeproks77's Avatar
      jeproks77 -
      hello my first time posting, i have a question,, i jailbreak my iphone i have cydia but i cannot download winterboard, and stuff like themes, how is my jailbreak bad ? should i do it again?
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      I was able ssh the cycorder video files out of my iphone but for some reason I can't play the files under windows even though they were playing fine under cycorder. I have the latest Itunes and qucktime. I also tried to convert the file to .avi but none of the programs I have recognizes the .mov file like it was corrupt. Can anybody help? thanks!!!
    1. kim1406's Avatar
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    1. kurtwalter_2's Avatar
      kurtwalter_2 -
      cool its been a long till i was waiting 4 this
    1. breitlinglvr's Avatar
      breitlinglvr -
      Great app! Would pay $20 no problem!
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Thank you soooooo much saurik for this incredible app, it truly works great even in low light, again thanks for all your efforts.