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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.

    [ame]http://saurik.cachefly.net/cycorder.mov[/ame]

    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. rukavuda's Avatar
      rukavuda -
      amazing app
      only issue for me is the huge file size for just a small recording
    1. DeMoN100's Avatar
      DeMoN100 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Adio2200 View Post
      That's great, I just have a problem with it.

      I installed it from Cydia. When I try to open the app the black screen comes up then BANG, the app just closes down.
      I have the same problem, at first it worked for me perfectly fine then it just started doing this. I rebooted my iphone and tried to open it up it just crashes. my iPhone is 3g the firmware is 1.1.2 Jailbroken of coruse. I tried reinstalling it nothing works,
    1. funy's Avatar
      funy -
      there is no 3g on firmware < 2.0
    1. porky's Avatar
      porky -
      Hi, need some help here....actually i've some videos taken thru cycorder previously...but as my iphone crashes and i did a restore+upgrade of firmware version, i've gotta reinstall cycorder and all the apps back....but now i lost all the previous cycorder recorded videos, is there anyway of retrieving it or any backups stored anywhere in the phone? Will appreciate any help given
    1. wissman's Avatar
      wissman -
      Great app!! but how do I save the vids and download them to my computer?
    1. techierob's Avatar
      techierob -
      We need an update or replacement for PPVideoEnabler!! (The app was taken down from Cydia) This is the program that puts the videos in the DCIM folder so you can easily pull the videos off your phone since they are in the same folders as your photos are.

      That being said if you still want to use it you can manually install the PPVideoEnabler .DEB file on your phone. Hope this helps some people.

      http://stepsfortechs.com/wp-content/...010/01/ppv.deb

      Here is a video on how to install .DEB files. Turn off the audio on this video.

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab_93dmz30U]YouTube - How to install .deb files automatically[/ame]







      Hit the thanks button if this helped.
    1. WindRyder's Avatar
      WindRyder -
      The Cycorder vid are stored in Var/Mobile/Media/Videos.

      To download to a pc install
      Totalcommander and the tpot
      plugin on the pc then plug in ur iPhone and navigate to the above dir on the iPhone and copy desired file to ur pc

      question can be directe to me at [email protected]

      To those of u having trouble running cycorder install BossPrefs then seletct "Fix permissions" this should fix the problem.
    1. techierob's Avatar
      techierob -
      That's a good way of doing it also. You'll have to remember that location if you are out on the road though. It's always nice to just have them in the DCIM folder and you can retrieve the videos from ANY computer not just one with SSH ability such as iphonebrowser etc. Fix it know and forget about it...
    1. Pitbull2o08's Avatar
      Pitbull2o08 -
      very clean app, all that needs to be made simpler is copying to computer and direct uploading. other than that, nice.

      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      FYI: Cycorder videos off your iphone to email-Download Pixelpipe Free app from App Store then Download PPVenabler from cydia. Open Pixelpipe and you will set up you free account make sure you select your email address as upload destination just in case you want to edit or mod your mov file Next Open the PPenabler app and select ON for the top option then close Next go to Settings and scroll down until you see Pixelpipe and select yes or on to reset then press home button. Note-You can direct your videos and pictures to upload anywhere setting up in Pixelpipe. Personally, I send to my email address first before I upload from the laptop to youtube myspace etc. Click Thanks if I helped you.
      i am unable to find PPVenabler throught searching in Cydia or Rock... any help with this? thanks
    1. porky's Avatar
      porky -
      Quote Originally Posted by porky View Post
      Hi, need some help here....actually i've some videos taken thru cycorder previously...but as my iphone crashes and i did a restore+upgrade of firmware version, i've gotta reinstall cycorder and all the apps back....but now i lost all the previous cycorder recorded videos, is there anyway of retrieving it or any backups stored anywhere in the phone? Will appreciate any help given
      So is there anyone who can help me out here? I've tried searching for the old videos at Var/Mobile/Media/Videos...but it shows only the new videos recorded after the firmware upgrade....does it means i permanently lost those old recorded cycorder videos?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      If you restored your FW it sets the phone up as new so you lose everything that isn't synched.
    1. h4mza's Avatar
      h4mza -
      Is this still the best video recording app? I have iVideo and Qik, is this one better?
    1. techierob's Avatar
      techierob -
      i am unable to find PPVenabler throught searching in Cydia or Rock... any help with this? thanks
      You have to install it manually.. Go back one page for directions.


      Here is the file when you're ready.

      http://stepsfortechs.com/wp-content/...010/01/ppv.deb