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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. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      Same question, but in the other direction. With the new camera API, When is cycorder or iphone video recorder going to update to work with 3.0. Im dying over here without a video cam.
    1. monchy36's Avatar
      monchy36 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stlcaddie View Post
      Same question, but in the other direction. With the new camera API, When is cycorder or iphone video recorder going to update to work with 3.0. Im dying over here without a video cam.
      Iphone video recorder is working on 3.0 i have it and works perfect!
    1. DaveiPhone's Avatar
      DaveiPhone -

      Did you need to do something special to get it to work under 3.0b5? It just crashes back to Springboard for me.
    1. sekz's Avatar
      sekz -
      awesome thanks
    1. DaveiPhone's Avatar
      DaveiPhone -
      Thanks to monchy36 for letting me know the repo for the 3.0 compatible version:

    1. hero527's Avatar
      hero527 -
      pretty good apps...
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      I wish there was a new update for cycorder with better performance and features.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      There is - it's called the 3Gs
    1. iFokust's Avatar
      iFokust -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      There is - it's called the 3Gs
      You're right. With the built in video cam with the option to upload directly to youtube or download the file, no need for any other app.
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Yes, the 3GS is the way, but given that that is 540 and the CyCorder app is free (I've got the trial, not sure how much the full version is (I guess only $20 or so)) I know which would be the more popular choice.

      Having said that, if I could get the 3GS for a half that price, I would definitely get it!
    1. DaveiPhone's Avatar
      DaveiPhone -
      So, there's a new version of Cycorder today, not yet showing up in Cydia, but available for manual download here:


      I installed it but don't notice a difference. on my 2.2.1 phone.

      I suspect that it's a 3.0 compatible version, though. =)
    1. SubEd's Avatar
      SubEd -
      Do I just copy that file into the Cycorder folder?
    1. DaveiPhone's Avatar
      DaveiPhone -
      It's available in Cydia now, just get it there.
    1. kelvingeorge's Avatar
      kelvingeorge -
      I still get the 0.9-5 version. I see from the link downloaded that its 0.9-6. Teies adding the source also. No luck
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Cydia's in meltdown at the moment. Give it a bit of time.
    1. kelvingeorge's Avatar
      kelvingeorge -
      Thanks will do
    1. popmanbx's Avatar
      popmanbx -
      Awesome app. Who needs the 3gs? LOL. Well at least if you don't wanna run out and buy the 3gs you can still have a recorder. NICE. Oh, and Apple won't approve it in the App store because they want you to buy the 3gs, DUH!

      And I think someone posted it already but the videos are found in /private/var/mobile/Media/Videos
    1. kelvingeorge's Avatar
      kelvingeorge -
      Sorry but I have to ask this. I have been trying to update cycorder since Saturday with no luck at all. I have 0.9-5 version that crashes soon as starts. I read amolst everything I can on fix but most of it has to do with command lines. Is there a easier way to fix it? Thanks in advance.
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Just installed the 0.9-6 version on my iPhone 3.0 JB, works like a charm. Install the deb file in /tmp, use dpkg -i /tmp filename and reboot.
    1. kelvingeorge's Avatar
      kelvingeorge -
      Thanks I will try it. I guess its from the mobile terminal?

      Thank you. It worked.