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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. harryding's Avatar
      harryding -
      is it just me or is saurik one of the more helpfull single developers for 2.X.X?
    1. GNice's Avatar
      GNice -
      This is great...will happily pay $10-$12 when sound is added!
    1. kanaya's Avatar
      kanaya -
      this is awesome, i cant wait for audio, this i sthe best quality ever
    1. Hagow's Avatar
      Hagow -
      Thank you so much for this app it is awesome. The video quality is so much better than the competition. Once audio is added this will make my iPhone so much better. I don't mind the ads personally. If they charge a for the premium version hackers are going to crack it anyways. So why not leave it free with ads revenue instead.

      Thank for the Great contribution Saurik!
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Installer messed up with an app on my iPhone but Cydia saved my iPhone

      Cycorder is amazing for a 2MP, guess it's down to the pixels of the iPhone screen and 16M colour display as well as Saurik's coding.

      Everyone SHOULD DONATE to Saurik!!!!! Because I know I am.

      Thanks sooo much Saurik!!!!
      Oh yeah and DONATE to him!!!
    1. Macboy67's Avatar
      Macboy67 -
      Just more good news after another ;-)

      How do we actually get the recorded videos off the iPhone? I thought we had to SSH into the app but idk im lost
    1. joshysquashy's Avatar
      joshysquashy -
      This is promising, however...

      He say's this version is supported by adverts, and that the next version (with sound) will most likely cost money.

      Personally, I don't mind spending money on App Store Apps, but I'm worried by the fragile nature of jailbreak apps, and how they are unsupported.

      Is there anything that prevents apps like these being released to the App store?
    1. Deimos8988's Avatar
      Deimos8988 -
      will they have this or any video recorder available on the app store??
    1. rotaryheadrx7's Avatar
      rotaryheadrx7 -
      I have donated to Jay in the past and will continue to do so. Jay definitely contributes a lot!!

      App works great!
    1. wao1201's Avatar
      wao1201 -
      Nice Job !

      Cannot wait ~

      Thanks, Saurik!

      Thanks, all developers !
    1. Conn18's Avatar
      Conn18 -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      This is for iPhone's running 2.x.
      Wow. The owner of MMi can't correctly use an apostrophe. Damn.
    1. Macboy67's Avatar
      Macboy67 -
      Nope Apple won't approve it, Believe me I tried.
    1. siksik6's Avatar
      siksik6 -
      He's tried to put it on the app store, but Apple are taking their time approving it.

      Perhaps they won't :/
    1. oo3's Avatar
      oo3 -
      I can definately vouch and say that cycorder blows video recorder out of the water. I even turned up video recorders image quality to best and it looks as if I was recording video from a VGA camera phone.

      Cycorder = 1337

      Video Recorder = pwn3d
    1. fullshot's Avatar
      fullshot -
      cycorder+ sound+ snapture features like color and zoom control and we have a superb app.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Now this is a program I would pay $20 for. That other video recorder program just does not cut it, and its price is a total turn off for me.
    1. tiorio's Avatar
      tiorio -
      This rocks! Thanks again jay!
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      come on folks, who is gonna pay extra for sound?? this is not a pro recorder, who cares about fps. as for the idiot who called out the mod for punctuation....y;o'u.r a[f/u]ck,i'n;g=i[d'io=t
    1. mkurasz's Avatar
      mkurasz -
      Yea man y flame kyle, he's done alot for the community, i say ban... Ungreatfull noobs
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pokekid View Post
      make it 10 or even 8 bucks and i bet a lot of people will buy it over 20 bucks. win-win and the recording is really good for the crappy apple camera
      Hey, stfu! lol
      Great app tho!